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

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, Digital Artifact. #edcmooc

Here is my “Digital Artifact” for the MOOC E-Learning + Digital Cultures.

This blog post and the embedded video, form my Digital Artifact , my personal response, to the MOOC “eLearning and Digital Cultures”. In this post, I’ll try to respond to the propositions it has put before me, and to the methods and patterns . . . → Read More: E-learning and Digital Cultures, Digital Artifact. #edcmooc

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

Lost and Found, in a MOOC…

For an assignment for the MOOC, eLearning and Digital Cultures, I created my first Prezi… It’s my little abstract reaction to the bewilderment of feeling lost inside a 40,000 member Massive Open Online Course.

What do you think?

Leave me a comment below…

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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 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