#StoryMOOC : My Creative Task for Chapter 4

I’m enjoying the MOOC “The Future of Storytelling” (#StoryMOOC).

This little video is my response to the Creative Task for Chapter 4 (“Inspirational Week”)

The proposition for the task was this:

Take a camera, be it you mobile phone, a webcam… Introduce yourself to the other StoryMOOCers, telling us who you are where you are . . . → Read More: #StoryMOOC : My Creative Task for Chapter 4

DEVOlving: musings on art, music, and creative synthesis…

Yeah – I’m going through a DEVO phase again. I listen to their music all the time. Their voices and sounds are familiar, like visiting an old neighbourhood.

I get emails from Club Devo,and see snippets of mutated art from Mark M., photos from their irreverent, young new wave days, and so many artifacts of . . . → Read More: DEVOlving: musings on art, music, and creative synthesis…

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

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…

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

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

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?

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.

On Creativity: Bruce Mau’s “Incomplete Manifesto for Growth”

I first read this piece from designer Bruce Mau about a dozen years ago. It’s still good to read these words from time to time, and take them as a personal challenge…

Incomplete Manifesto for Growth (brucemaudesign.com)

“This design manifesto was first written by Bruce Mau in 1998, articulating his beliefs, strategies, and motivations. The . . . → Read More: On Creativity: Bruce Mau’s “Incomplete Manifesto for Growth”