Nov 22

Video: World Builder #edcmooc

WOW!!! My favourite so far! So many explicit and implicit messages and possible discussions that’s even difficult to start  talking about it.

A virtual world created for the lover that can be accessed, interacted and felt as a real one. Should one of the messages be: The more control one has upon technology, the more such domain enhances proximity between virtual and real world?

The concept of humanism is so interesting here as the human natural characteristics can be seen even in a virtually created world. The flower is an icon, a symbol of the humanity that is not lost in such virtual world.

I’ll definitely watch this amazing film more times to get more ideas about it.
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Nov 22

Regenerating Life… Rebuilding the World. #edcmooc

WORLD BUILDER

INTERPRETATION
He did whatever it takes because of the human touch – the bond between two persons loving each other – is indispensable even with the influence of advancement in technology. He utilized the culture of digital technology to recreate the world and regenerate life. With his God-like mode, he resets his environment, controls the weather and climate to perfect the outcome of his set design choreography. Continue reading

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Nov 22

Picture Week #edcmooc

I’ve pasted some of my notes from the MOOC onto a picture as part of week 3′s class project. The photo’s from the Flickr Commons page, and comes with a bit of sporting history, read on:

“Tom Morris, who will attempt to skip from Sydney to Brisbane, via the Pacific Highway, will set out from the General Post Office at noon to-day. He has already skipped from Melbourne to Adelaide and back (1000 miles) and from Melbourne to Sydney in 28 days. Continue reading

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Nov 21

The Bendito Machine III #edcmooc

The Bendito Machine III
I realize we are well past this, but I have given great thought to week one’s films, and learned so much in such a little time span, I am driven to blog about it anyway.
Clearly the film suggests that its characters possess a need to worship anything that could be viewed as superior. The need is clearly seen in the initial climb up the mountain, the character has sought out a deity and has discovered a fascinating machine. Continue reading
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Nov 21

Place and Internet: How Metaphor Can Help Frame the Discussion #edcmooc

In reading Rebecca Johnston’s “Salvation or Destruction: Metaphors of the Internet,” I found her argument about how examining the metaphors we all use to discuss a phenomena can shape how we understand it to be compelling. As someone who studies discourse in the world, usually through social semiotics (multimodality), I suppose I’m a person who is ready to believe that how we discuss the world shapes how we see and understand the world. I’m also predisposed to think that how we use language shapes who we are in that world. Continue reading

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Nov 21

#edcmooc Week 3 films

Film 1:

Question: “The opposition created here is between digital technology as ‘unreal’ and de-humanising, and the natural world as authentic and living;how does this opposition continue to be played out in popular discussions about technology-mediated education?”

It is very often used in the argument that a “real” classroom cannot be replaced by online learning, because only face-to-face contact between the student and the teacher (as well as between students) enables true learning.
Additionally, it is often argued that computer-stimulated natural processes or virtual objects that can be analysed as a part of class assignment do not give the students the same sort of experience that touching stone or going on a trip to the forest can. Continue reading

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Nov 21

A Day Made of Glass 2

When I watch the video – A Day Made of Glass 2 – week two at #edcmooc

I was amassed to see digital technology used in this creative way. How Augmented Reality (AR) were used in the wood to show the past and how they could explore the present just by taking a picture of the footprints by the deer. Continue reading

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Nov 20

Metaphor of e-learning and digital culture #edcmooc

Metaphor is a type of analogy and is closely related to other rhetorical figures of speech that achieve their effects via association, comparison or resemblance including allegory, hyperbole, and simile. -Wiki

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In my career life, I am always seeking for the metaphor of commercial products and making association with them by images. Continue reading

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Nov 20

The Simpson’s digital dystopia #edcmooc

ImagenIs well known that Simpsons show has addapted lots of flims into hilarious cartoon stories. Let’s go to digital dystopia case: We are in season 6, chapter “Treehouse of Horror V” where Homer accidentally goes back to dinosaur’s past and then, he kills a mosquito, When he’s back, Need Flanders is the leader of a 1984-style future. In this chapter we can see how technology can be use to surveil humans and get them controlled. Continue reading

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Nov 20

Reality Randoms #edcmooc

Random thought 1

As I as grading my students’ work this week, I reflected on what was going on in my head while I was doing so. I realised how much my personal knowledge of the students’ personalities and abilities influenced the grade and comment I was making. Continue reading

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Nov 19

Multimodal, Animated Texts as Learning Artefacts #edcmooc

Though I’m a bit behind on the course itself, I’ve recently begun a Coursera course entitled E-Learning and Digital Cultures. In this course, they expertly blend print-based readings with popular culture video clips. In this post, I will discuss briefly how the clips they’ve chosen inform my thinking about Utopian and Dystopian views about media. Continue reading

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Nov 19

Utopia & Dystopia – a harmful cycle #edcmooc

WEEK 1 – LOOKING TO THE PAST
I viewed all four video resources in order to understand more the concept being proposed to us. In order to get my head around it i felt to start with breaking down what Utopia and Dystopia are to me in the context of digital culture and education.

Although both Utopia and Dystopia are opposing extremes of each other, I cannot but sense that one is not better than the other. Continue reading

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Nov 19

World Builder #EDCMOOC


“World builder is a short film which explores some of the same themes (simulation, immersion, artifice) as the Toyota advertisement, though in a slightly more nuanced way. What is your interpretation of this film? In what ways does it position ‘the human’ in relation to the technological? Continue reading

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Nov 19

#edcmooc It´s evolution, baby!

I cannot avoid it… I love music and I specially like Pearl Jam. This video is a dystopian view of what technological improvements mean and what we call evolution is depicted in the next video as destruction. Continue reading
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Nov 19

Sorry, but your soul just died #EDCMOOC

There is no longer any excuse for anyone to be depressed or unhappy; even “normally” happy people can make themselves happier without worries of addiction, hangovers, or long-term brain damage.” – Francis Fukuyama

The way the future is envisioned is when technology would eventually develop drugs that will allow nobody to experience negative emotions. But.. Continue reading

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Nov 18

Utopia & Dystopia @edcmooc

WEEK 1 – LOOKING TO THE PAST
I viewed all four video resources in order to understand more the concept being proposed to us. In order to get my head around it i felt to start with breaking down what Utopia and Dystopia are to me in the context of digital culture and education.

Although both Utopia and Dystopia are opposing extremes of each other, i cannot but sense that one is not better than the other. Continue reading

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Nov 18

Don’t Let the Parade Pass You By: Active Learning in MOOC Classrooms #edcmooc

 Monday November 18, 2013 

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If enough people try MOOCs, and begin to see themselves as learners with agency to contribute knowledge and determine what they take from a course experience, this may effect a gradual  sociocultural shift towards participatory, communicative concepts of learning. Continue reading

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Nov 18

First week: 2nd and 3rd Youtube film..Inbox and Thursday @edcmooc

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Thursday..
The little bird definitely has agency in this, roaming freely about and cheekily getting into places its not meant to be. 
It is living out its little life according to its natural instincts and its understanding of the world, 
not realising that it is in great danger every time it traverses the man made world of antenna and trucks and building 
shafts filled with technology. Continue reading
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Nov 18

Video:A Day Made of Glass 2 #edcmooc

About this
video I just wonder: how good the world would be like this. A perfect world
where technology is available to anyone, where people have good social level,
good cars, good houses. A world full of 
healthy, well dressed and well instructed people. Continue reading
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Nov 18

The Future #edcmooc

While the first week was about the past, the second week is all about the future.

This lesson was all about the futuristic stuff. How the current technologies would be modified and will be used in the future. Continue reading

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Nov 18

New to Course and Catching Up Quick #edcmooc

Hey, I am very new to this course and am so fascinated I have dove head first, but I like many others don’t want to drown, even if it is a virtual world.  I have decided to set up a blog for the course and have taken a crash course in blogging over the past several hours. I am now finished with the basics and have made it thus far. Continue reading

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Nov 18

One. Be who you are #edcmooc

Scholarly endeavour seeks the truth, the genuine article, the original idea. It further seeks expose the fake and the fraudulent from art forgery to forged artefacts. Scholars are expected to be present as themselves and build reputations on their integrity their “genuineness” as researchers and teachers. Continue reading

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Nov 18

#edcmooc Salvation or destruction: metaphors of the internet by R. Johnston.

I have just read Jonston´s work on metaphors of the internet. I studied some of the authors mentioned in the text, specially Lakoff and Johnson, as I studied linguistics at university, but it was focused on language and not on technology. 


I think people use metaphors to understand the internet the same way we use metaphors to understand reality. Continue reading
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Nov 18

17 Nov 13-Wk 2 Day 7- What Defines Your SIGHT? #edcmooc

As week 2 draws to a close I am a little surprised how far I have come on this adventure through the MOOC: eLearning and Digital Cultures.  At the end of last week, I thought I had a grasp on this whole MOOC thing.  And then this week I found several new resources that I hadn’t even noticed before. Continue reading

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Nov 17

#edcmooc – Now, seriously…

Seems I am slowly getting the hang of studying a mooc while carrying on with my normal chaotic life at the same time. Or maybe I am just getting used to dragging hopelessly behind?! Be that as it may, during the last few days I have managed to complete my readings for the first week. Continue reading

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Nov 17

Informal learning through Social Media Sites (SMS) #edcmooc

Whole Education System then had just limited means and sources to facilitate teachers and students than now. However it has progressively changed people and the people have correspondingly brought dynamic changes in education. Some remarkable landmarks in the journey of education are information technology and digital diversity. Continue reading

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Nov 17

#edcmooc SIGHT

This video is about a man who perceives the world in a very different way. He does not see reality as it is but he has got a digital data base so he can get extra objective information besides the information one can get when we receive sensorial input, objective or subjective (input through senses and the possible interpretations one can make depending on his or her own experience).

He sees the world as a game and he lives his life as if he was part of one. Continue reading
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Nov 17

The new world of ‘blogjects’ #edcmooc

This week I went through with “Why Things Matter”. Julian Bleecker, a researcher at the University of Southern California, has written a “Manifesto for Networked Objects” where he describes a clearly related but not identical manifestation of this technology. He cames up with absolutyly new thing such as blogjects’, and ‘the pigeon that blogs’ which I’ve never heard before. Continue reading
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Nov 17

"[...] ‘[W]hat does it mean to be human within a digital culture, and what does that mean for educ…

"[...] ‘[W]hat does it mean to be human within a digital culture, and what does that mean for education?’

We tend not to question, in our everyday lives, where the boundaries of ‘the human’ lie; but developments within digital technology, bioscience, philosophy, ecology and popular culture are increasingly pushing at those boundaries and making them seem less secure. Continue reading

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Nov 17

Are we inside or outside? That’s a good guestion! #edcmooc

illustration_wk2-01Communication is getting easier than ever since wireless network has significant progress in recent years. As you can see that many people just slip their fingers on the touch screen when they are walking, taking the mass transit and even working. They don’t talk to or interact with others and they seem to have a lot of fun inside the network. Continue reading

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Nov 17

Metaphorically Speaking #edcmooc

I am literally Drowning In A Sea Of Information, and yet I am starved for knowledge.  When I enrolled in the EDC MOOC, little did I realize what I was heading for.  This being my second MOOC, I thought it would be somewhat like another one that I had just completed, which was more of […]

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Nov 17

MOOCifying public education ( #edcmooc )

Sometimes schools are like space labs

I hear a bell ringing in my head when I read Bonnie Stewart asking: do the (c)MOOCs work as Trojan horses for the sociocultural growth and spread of digital literacies?

That bell reminds me how I’ve been telling a similar story about similar benefits when I’ve been training vocational teachers to utilize another platform – Facebook.

Before getting back to Facebook and VET, let’s look at MOOCs and digital literacies. Continue reading

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Nov 17

Forums #edcmooc

Below is a video I made showing the forums on our E-Learning and Digital Media course ( #edcmooc ). Watch full screen. I enjoy the forums they seem to be the replacement for seminars. Continue reading

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Nov 17

#edcmooc – Week 2: Looking to the future

Week 2: Looking to the future

In this post, about Week 2 activities, I want to highlight some observed points and let it be some questions:
  •          In the past, higher education was a requirement to be considered middle class. Today, it is a requirement to not let be.
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Nov 17

New Brains for the New Age: Interplay of thoughts provoked by A digital tomorrow, sight, and assessing writing in moocs: automated essay scoring and calibrated peer review by stephen p. balfour #EDCMOOC

The new age has brought about a new way of living; a new way of thinking. But what
we call new is also what we know to be normal*.
 
Our normal is the product of past efforts by people who once thought they were creating solutions for a world they once knew needed solving. Continue reading
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Nov 17

Ramblings from a Performing and Creative Arts Librarian……#edcmooc

I am new to blogging, so hello to anyone who may read this.  I have set up this blog to post my reflections on my experiences, observations and understanding from the MOOC.  I am a Librarian who teaches Information Literacy, and we are being encouraged to deliver much of our material on line. Continue reading

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Nov 17

Thoughts on Technology #edcmooc

This blog is about course material for E-Learning and Digital Culture- a Coursera MOOC #edcmooc

Technology has limitations.  Nature has limitations.  Adaptability helps to stretch the limitations of both towards your utopia. Continue reading

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Nov 17

Another day, another MOOC — #edcmooc

I’ve signed up for an already-in-progress MOOC course, “E-Learning and Digital Culture,” taught by a team of professors at the University of Edinburgh, which is encouraging students to use their blogs, Twitter accounts (@bobstep) and other online media as part of the discussion. So… greetings to any visiting classmates.

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Nov 17

Week 2 Videos: two video advertisements #edcmooc

The first two marketing videos present a utopian future with technology fully integrated into our lives, at home, at work and in education. However, two major issues stand out for me which shatter the utopian dream. Firstly, cost – cost of the products and cost to the environment. Continue reading

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Nov 17

From the first closed systems to the open edcmooc

I have to continue the travel in my own mind even if it doesn’t touch other participants’ ponderings in #edsmooc. This time I take a big jump from 1200s to a research session, which was held last week. A big gap remains between these two and I can only guess at some factors influencing to this gap. Continue reading

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Nov 17

#edcmooc: Some thoughts

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Just a few of my thoughts this Monday morning on  ’grim representation of the effects of technology on humanity’ as quoted next to one of the videos on the resources page.

and… in particular Bendito Machine III

I am currently researching prehistorical roots of art and image making and technology. Continue reading

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Nov 17

#edcmooc: Scoop it

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Le Choc de la decouverte! This shocking discovery!
I have been discovering the joys of Scoop it for collating information, news and study material online. Continue reading

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Nov 17

The "ification" of higher education … #edcmooc

There are few areas of important human endeavour where change is presumed bad not good. Better breaks on my car good, faster computer download speeds on my computer good, organisational change for improved services, generally good. Change to the organisation and delivery of education, bad. Continue reading
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Nov 17

Rules of engagement #edcmooc

Its technology Jim, just as we know it


Questions about technology and society, technology and education even technology and MOOCs to me seem to have become sterile.  They focus on process and effects (determinism) when they would be more productive looking at capabilities, benefits and outcomes. You won’t learn much that is useful about a Library and its contents by studying the machine that issues the books. Continue reading
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Nov 17

#edcmooc – our future as consumers of technology

Corning’s advertisement promises “communication, collaboration, and connectivity,” but is that really what we, as consumers will get?  I must admit to finding this advertisement a bit scary, despite some of the very useful applications of technology.

The directors of the commercial tried to emphasize the possibilities of glass products in a way that doesn’t threaten our current way of life. Continue reading

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Nov 17

#edcmooc The Teacher as Technologist?





The first two videos posted for us by the EDCMOOC folks this week come from corporate sources, showing how their products might shape the future of learning.

The first thing that sprang to my mind when watching them was the extent to which the film Minority Report continues to influence visions of future technology. It was released eleven years ago (really?! Continue reading

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Nov 17

Thursday – again #edcmooc

Anecdote: My 11 year old students have been working on a project for 3 lessons. It has been much freer than I normally set and they were doing really well, being creative, daring to use new tools and using their brains, knowledge and skills to achieve their goals.

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