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

Why Openness in Education: Activity 1

This post is the first in a new series of assignments for a free online course. This open course is called Why Openness in Education.

The first assignment given in this course proposed:

“Think back to a time when you learned something you really value from someone. Write a blog post in which you tell . . . → Read More: Why Openness in Education: Activity 1

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

Beyond the Buzz: MOOCs at UBC, plus a marketing perspective…

MOOCs and UBC: Top 12 things you need to know now…

In September 2012, UBC entered into an agreement with Coursera to deliver online web-based free courses as part of MOOCs. UBC has four non-credit and free online courses planned for 2013. They include: “Useful Genetics”, “Introduction to Systematic Program Design”, “Climate Literacy: Navigating Climate . . . → Read More: Beyond the Buzz: MOOCs at UBC, plus a marketing perspective…

E-learning & Digital Cultures: How big is #edcmooc? Some Stats…

EDCMOOC statistics

These usage statistics were provided by faculty from Edinburgh University, who are running the E-Learning + Digital Cultures MOOC on Coursera:

Total Registered Participants: 42874 Active Participants Over the Last 7 Days (“Active” is define as any contact with the EDCMOOC Coursera course site): ~ 17% EDC MOOC News (Blog Aggregator) Unique Visitors: . . . → Read More: E-learning & Digital Cultures: How big is #edcmooc? Some Stats…

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

Pause for Reflection…

A personal inventory…

I am…

Used to learning face-first, by experience.

Sometimes outgoing, and sometimes withdrawn.

Happiest when I have a project on the go (whatever it is).

Grateful to learn from others.

Grateful to share knowledge and experience with others.

 

On Self-Learning: Why I Like it

I find it difficult to contemplate learning in a group, or in a classroom.

I don’t know where this reaction comes from, but I can say without hesitation that I’ve always treasured the time I spend reading on my own, and pondering new ideas.

Why do I enjoy self-learning?

I think that deep inside, I’m . . . → Read More: On Self-Learning: Why I Like it

Rebuilding Foundations: 2012 Colour Studies – Unit 6

Unit 6: Colour in Nature

Continuing with my self-directed study of colour by following the telecourse Colour: An Introduction.

(Check out all my colour assignments here.)

Here are my notes from completing this unit of study:

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The goals for this unit of study were: analyzing . . . → Read More: Rebuilding Foundations: 2012 Colour Studies – Unit 6

Rebuilding Foundations: 2012 Colour Studies – Unit 5

Unit 5: Discord Energy

Continuing with my self-directed study of colour by following the telecourse Colour: An Introduction.

(Check out all my colour assignments here.)

Here are my notes from completing this unit of study:

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The goals for this unit of study were: mixing alternating, . . . → Read More: Rebuilding Foundations: 2012 Colour Studies – Unit 5