The Only Way is Ethics: #EDCMOOC Digital Artefact - The University of Nottingham - Mahara. How to read this artefactRead this column by column, from left to right. This artefact attempts to reference some of the themes of dystopia and utopia emerging from the course and to discuss what utopia might mean for education. It is by no means comprehensive and the course inspired some further reading. I read/re-read Orwell's 1984, Huxley's Brave New World and Forster's The Machine Stops as well as reading around the subjects online and discussing with colleagues on the course (face to face) and new contacts on Twitter, Facebook and in the forums.
For a five week course (four really if talking about the content), there was a lot to digest. My background is in philosophy (albeit a long time ago) and I enjoyed re-visiting philosophical concepts and problems in relation to modern material. The MOOC experience was a good one, although I did lose a few evenings along the way -- I used time otherwise spent watching TV, watching and reading the course materials, so time well spent. Keeley's EDCMOOC Personal Learning Network. Courses. Plus ca change … thoughts on a digital artefact #edcmooc « my learning journey. Posted on February 17, 2013 by Anne-Louise Robertson The way forward? I have had a busy week where I struggled to find time to read, view, reflect and gather my thoughts. Work has been demanding of my time and my 18 yr old son is leaving for Canada to work for 8 months in an outdoor centre. A scary time for a Mum as her firstborn flies the nest; torn between wanting to spend as much time with my child, who would rather be with his girlfriend (an whyever not, I suspect I preferred my boyfriend’s company to my parents’ at the same age?)
And needing to fulfil the demands of my job and edcmooc. Anyway, I managed to snatch time to read and view videos on the hoof, but certainly have not seen and read everything. The twitter chat this morning (evening for all of those of you int he northern hemisphere) was fun; it gave me the opportunity to share ideas, learn from others, make some more connections. Deas. Like this: Like Loading... Our digital futures and the problem with metaphor | Critical Margins. This post is a response to readings assigned in week 2 of the E-Learning and Digital Cultures MOOC (EDCMOOC). This week’s readings deal with technological metaphors and the ways in which they restrict our understanding of technology.
Here, in my usual rambling way, I attempt to make connections between metaphor, analogy, and internet technology. Image Credit: Johan Larsson, flickr The goal of the first two weeks of EDCMOOC is to think about the effects of technology on digital culture. As I see it, tools help change how we react to our surroundings, but they do not determine progress or social change. Basically, progress or change happens as a result of multiple scenarios happening at once: a need for “change” or a feeling of unease, an innovation or iteration on an older idea, and a social movement to piece everything together. Maybe it’s the metaphor As I write this and work out what I’m trying to say, I realize that technology develops in part because of changing cultural metaphors.
My MOOC Experience (#edcmooc) – Week Two. This week in eLearning and Digital Cultures was rather meta. We read two opinion pieces about MOOCs, Napster, Udacity, and the Academy and Questioning Clay Shirky, and watched a lecture about open education by Gardner Campbell. In “Napster, Udacity, and the Academy,” Clay Shirky compares higher education with the music industry. He argues that Napster and MP3s told the world that you don’t have to buy a whole CD; you can just buy one song. He claims that MOOCs are similarly offering a new narrative: education doesn’t have to be something that only the elite can access, and maybe we don’t need to buy a whole degree; maybe we should just download the courses we need.
Shirky points to the inhibiting expense of a college education to bolster his argument: “an undergraduate education used to be an option, one way to get into the middle class. Aaron Bady responds to “Napster, Udacity, and the Academy” in “Questioning Clay Shirky.” Observing myself and MOOC activity | MOOCing. It has been 4+ weeks in #etmooc and 2+ for #edcmooc. This is a note to myself – a think aloud about participation. In the end, I am trying to discover balance. What mix of activities works for me best a digital, connected learner? And why? I find myself generally reading/watching more than writing. [Note: One of my personal learning goals is to explore creation of those other forms of digital artifacts more over the next few weeks.
But back to observations about what I actually do. Reading and watching includes: Consuming edcmooc content. Writing: Writing for me is a reflective, sense-making practice. Participating: I have participated actively (in real time) in 1.5 live, synchronous events – the original orientation for etmooc and half of another etmooc live event (I had to leave for a work meeting).I have commented on several etmooc’ers blog posts. Lesson learned. Some thoughts.
I do, however, feel much more connected at this point to the participants in etmooc than edcmooc. Like this: Poetry, Music, Sunrise, and Puppies: What Equilibrium Tells Us About Being Human #edcmooc « Amy's MOOCs: Professional Digi-velopment. When thinking of what it means to be “human”, I keep coming back to the 2002 Christian (love him!) Bale film “Equilibrium”, a dystopian look at the future where emotions are suppressed with drugs, and anything emotive (art, music, literature,etc.) is destroyed. Why? Because emotions can lead to very negative by-products, like civil disobedience and war. People are convicted as “sense offenders” (nice play on words!). Christian is part of the law enforcement until his wife is arrested and killed. Here’s the Trailer for an overview: I wondered if we could boil down “humanity” to our sensual perception of the arts (music, poetry, etc.) and the nuances of our aesthetics (like being overwhelmed at a sunset), or the inexplicable heart melt syndrome of interacting with puppies.
His partner goes to the other side (the resistance) after falling in love with Yeats (funny it’s the same passage Sir Ken Robinson uses in his TED talk) OMG! And then we come to the puppies. Like this: Like Loading... Lessons about forum design from EDCMOOC | Teaching 'E-learning and Digital Cultures' It seems clear that the Coursera forum tool was built to facilitate factual questions and answers, not conversations or connections. Our EDCMOOC participants are trying to push it much further, and the cracks are definitely showing.
Here’s my shortlist of things that Coursera could do to make their forum tool more conducive to networking and conversation. We’ll be passing these on to the Coursera team. Many of these points are pulled from suggestions in the EDCMOOC ‘feedback to Coursera’ forum, and additional suggestions or comments are welcome. I’ll probably add to this post over the next few days, too. Networking: Implement a ‘follow’ button so people can keep track of others they want to read more from. The profile page should show all of the posts from that person. Need to be able to favourite and link back to particular posts and store those favourites. Search: Results need to indicate which subforum a thread is in. Subforums should be searchable. Comments: Subscribing: Browsing: Groups: First impressions about EDCMOOC (with some criticism) | 7yukari7. “E-Learning and digital cultures” is third course on Coursera for me.
In October I’ve completed “Listening to World Music” and “Fantasy and Science Fiction”, both with getting an certificate. Already at start I have a feeling, that this course is different. The main difference is, that there are no video lectures, like in most other courses. This is more like seminar than just listening to a teacher.
You just have some stuff, like video or articles, and need to work out own opinion about this problematic. It’s nice, I like trhis approach. But is also shows some problems, which I see in MOOC organisation on Coursera, more clear. In “Fantasy and Science Fiction” it wasn’t a problem, because it was a course about texts. The second problem is how the material is organised. There are also som reasons why I don’t like the use of YouTube and social networks. In general, my approach to using in internet is as follows: I don’t like to keep all stuff in one place, like Facebook account. Reflection on the ‘eLearning and Digital Cultures’ MOOC, Wk.2 #edcmooc.
On to the second of the five weeks Coursera / University of Edinburgh MOOC: ‘eLearning and Digital Cultures’. This week is centred around looking to the future, the “future-focused visions of technology and education” whilst building on the previous utopian/dystopian ‘discourse’. Having to watch, and comment/analyse, films introduced as “evocative and sometimes disturbing visions of what the future of information technology might hold” is always going to get your attention.
How is education being visualised in “A Day Made of Glass”? YouTube: Sight. Cadena. Design for Learning.