fingerpainting: ghosted cold, memory

finger painting: scrubbing colour into a sick man

Have mobile web devices un-widowed the “Computer Widow”? #edcmooc

Back in the late 80s and early 90s, there was a term called “The Computer Widow”. This referred to the wives who hardly ever saw their computer-obsessed husbands, except from the back.

It’s a morbid metaphor, but served a purpose: obsession with computer-based work or distractions took time away from relationships, leaving wives feeling bitter, . . . → Read More: Have mobile web devices un-widowed the “Computer Widow”? #edcmooc

Reporting Life: Creating blog musings, scribbles and other artifacts…

This is like an inventory of things I do to express myself. I don’t know why I nee to do a catalogue, but it feels right – like emptying a closet before you reorganize it.

Writing I post musingsand observations to my blog. Theseoften are like a journal of reflections, or

some passing whim or . . . → Read More: Reporting Life: Creating blog musings, scribbles and other artifacts…

E-learning and Digital Cultures, Week 4: Is Google making us stupid? #edcmooc

In Week 4 of the MOOC E-Learning + Digital Cultures, one of the “Perspectives on Education” articles asks the question “Is Google Making Us Stupid?”.

I must admit that I’ve sometimes asked myself a question very similar to this. I’ve asked myself “Am I losing my short-term memory?” or “Am I losing my ability to . . . → Read More: E-learning and Digital Cultures, Week 4: Is Google making us stupid? #edcmooc

E-learning and Digital Cultures, Week 4: Redefining the Human #edcmooc

Week 4 of the MOOC E-Learning + Digital Cultures explores the theme of “Redefining the Human”.

I think the over-arching message this week is that our concept of humanity has become a relative and subjective thing. These videos explore that idea in different ways and different genres.

Robbie – A Short Film By Neil . . . → Read More: E-learning and Digital Cultures, Week 4: Redefining the Human #edcmooc

E-learning and Digital Cultures, Week 3: Reasserting the Human #edcmooc

Week 3 of the MOOC E-Learning + Digital Cultures explores the theme of “Reasserting the Human”.

In the videos I’ve seen so far in Week 3, the idea of humanity is brought to the foreground primarily by the absurd or hyper-extended context in which each story is framed.

As a metaphor for what I mean, . . . → Read More: E-learning and Digital Cultures, Week 3: Reasserting the Human #edcmooc

The Long Hello – Meditating on #edcmooc, Gardner Campbell, and eLearning

The MOOC I’m taking, E-Learning + Digital Cultures, continues to unfold in front of me, gradually showing me new perspectives and more detail. But it’s not for the impatient…

For me, being in a MOOC has felt like being seated inside a vast, unlit stadium where you can hear other attendees whispering and you can . . . → Read More: The Long Hello – Meditating on #edcmooc, Gardner Campbell, and eLearning

Week 2: E-learning and Digital Cultures #edcmooc

I’m currently attending this MOOC: E-learning and Digital Cultures, offered through Coursera.

Activity for Week 2

Themes explored this week included technological utopianism and dystopianism, and the idea of technological determinism.

I watched these videos:

Video: “Day Made of Glass 2″ (Corning)

The “Glass as lifestyle” approach is somewhat corporate wishful thinking, IMHO, and . . . → Read More: Week 2: E-learning and Digital Cultures #edcmooc

Improving hardware and software usability, but for whom?

Last year, I read an astute saying that said “If you didn’t pay to use a service, then you are the product being sold”. I feel like that kind of “buyer beware” maxim could be applied to ease-of-use in information technologies too. Here’s what I mean…

If a technology tool or platform is popular, we . . . → Read More: Improving hardware and software usability, but for whom?