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…

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

E-learning and Digital Cultures, Week 2: Perspectives on Education #edcmooc

I finally caught up on two of the education-centred readings for week 2 of the massive MOOC, “E-learning and Digital Cultures”.

Shirky, C. (2012). Napster, Udacity and the academy. shirky.com, 12 November 2012. http://www.shirky.com/weblog/2012/11/napster-udacity-and-the-academy/

I admit to not always being the most successful critical thinker – I tend to want to believe the things I . . . → Read More: E-learning and Digital Cultures, Week 2: Perspectives on Education #edcmooc

Week 1: E-learning and Digital Cultures #edcmooc

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

Activity for Week 1

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

I watched these videos:

This animation showed symbolically how cultures elevate and then scrap technologies, hoisting them to a high level of dominance, . . . → Read More: Week 1: E-learning and Digital Cultures #edcmooc

The weight of a Dragon; the position of a Rock.

Today, I enjoyed a visit and stimulating discussion with one of my earliest art school teachers, John Wertschek, currently an Associate Professor at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver.

I suppose that many of John’s former Foundation students would probably agree that he has, in one way or another, challenged them . . . → Read More: The weight of a Dragon; the position of a Rock.

Learning, without end…

I get glimpses of learning happening all around me. Sometimes I’m part of the process, tutoring, advising or coaching someone through a new concept. Sometimes I’m just observing how others teach and learn, or taking an opportunity to observe the communities that educators create in order to make learning happen for others.

Tutoring Grownups

In . . . → Read More: Learning, without end…

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

On Synthesis: Connecting the dots from basic design through multimedia

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been studying the history of British Basic Design movement, and especially, the Bauhaus.It has made me see my own path in art and design in a new way.

Revisiting what I see as the most elemental teachings in colour, visual language, and design has invigorated my curiosity, but it . . . → Read More: On Synthesis: Connecting the dots from basic design through multimedia

Rebuilding Foundations: Colour Studies, Redux

Unit 1: Colour Wheel – Subtractive Primaries and Secondaries

Recently, I’ve been walking myself through a telecourse called “Colour – An Introduction”. This course intends to help anyone effectively use and appreciate colour in many different capacities. It was designed to be for a general audience, with no specific art or design training or . . . → Read More: Rebuilding Foundations: Colour Studies, Redux