#EDCMOOC Continuing the Journey

I’m going to have to change my profile page and the About Me section in this blog.
EDCMOOC journey tagxedo
My journey, learning, and experiences throughout this course E-Learning and Digital Cultures, my first MOOC from the University of Edinburgh, has been a truly amazing one. My primary goal was to learn new tools to enhance learning for my students. I know that I have only sampled a few of the wonderful applications available, but I’m on my way! I also learned that I’m not alone in this endeavor to be a better teacher, a better student, a better world citizen. I’ve learned about technological determinism, Utopias and Dystopias, Connectivist Learning Theory, Social Constuctivism, what it means to be human, transhumanism, posthumanism and a myriad of things along the way that I just stumbled upon. What I want to point out here in this blog, is that the quality of my experience in this course could not, would not have happened were it not for the connections that I’ve made, my Fraingers, Friends/Strangers, a word coined by my fellow Moocmate, Ary

This core group of “peeps” as Laurie calls us in her blog, Broadening the Base,http://lsniestrath.wordpress.com/,has provided valuable insight, encouraged and inspired me in this five week journey. I could have done it without them, but the experience would have been lackluster. I haven’t had this much fun and learned so much in all my 30+ years of teaching.I learned many valuable things to improve my craft, but most of all, I learned something about myself and the process of learning. If our goal as educators is to instill a love of learning and civic responsibility to the young minds entrusted to us, then I suggest we use every tool imaginable to accomplish this task. Connectivist Theory and Social Constructivism seem the appropriate means to that end. With all the possibilities that this digital world of ours provide, we as educators should embrace new technology and teach students how to search, filter, analyze, critique,and create from this sea of information. If we are successful in passing on the skills needed, WE will have created that well informed, rational and moral generation who will boldly go and build a better future. My Final assignment for this course is presented here – My Digital Artefact,

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# edcmooc My Scottish MOOC

week 3 The Happening

Here are some thoughts after viewing the 2nd hangout with our tutors. HANG OUT HAPPENING February 15, 2013

Jen gave a few quick announcements regarding the Flickr image competition. That deadline for submission is Sunday the 17th. The page for submitting the final artifact is opening a week early at the request of some students. The deadline for that final assignment is Feb 27th. Jen reminded everyone to take their time, as even if you submit early, the peer review process can’t begin until after the deadline of the 27th. Hamish gave some STATISTICS gleaned from Coursera, GoogleAnalytics and from the Edinburgh survey at the beginning of the course. Coursera’s stats were that of 42,874 total registered- 7,392 were active users during the last 7 days. or 17 %. Outside Coursera- 3,939 visited EDMOOC NEWS. Of that number, 64% of the participants are from the United States and about 8% from the UK. Statistic from the Edinburgh survey show that  50.9% are from the fields of TEACHING and EDUCATION and 7.4 % are STUDENTS

60% of participants have POST GRADUATE degrees./p>

definitely some window shopping going on earlier in the course

SIAN BAYNE  discussed themes of week 3  HUMANISM IN EDUCATION produced a lot of chin stroking.

Some people were critiquing the assumptions of what it means to be human, examining selfhood and the responsibility to others

how technology fails to limit human choice

are we disappearing into the mists of communication?

Is there time to connect?



Christine discussed joining groups She likes the feel of the 60+ group  comfort and respect

Lots of ways to still connect with groups. Some introverts don’t like joining groups.



talks about Steve Fuller and WHAT IT MEANS TO BE HUMAN

2 different ways of thinking- NATURE  being part or equal with humanity, embracing the earthy eco systems with animals and humans

Other view is that we are different- UNIQUELY HUMAN and strive to increase our differences with technological enhancements.This view purifies the meaning of being human….  keeping animals and nature separate

Jeremy suggested reading Helena Peddison critical animal studies debate.. the  blurring of the boundary between animal and human suggest we are still having difficulty DEFINING WHAT WE ARE as human….


Evidences of the personal touch in education would be Google Hangouts, video lectures..  humanizing or privileging of presence

Monk, however, says there is a disembodiment in online learning..  you only learn about stuff.

Jim Sweetman critiques Fuller’s assumptions.  We really need to think about the NATURE OF REALITY and how we must PROGRESS.

Haven’t seen much in the discussion forums about the other idea about what is human… about humanity being more in touch with nature and animals

Process of MOOC development was discussed. This MOOC was an institutional Commitment and because the tutors were immersed already in e- learning it was obvious that they should develop this MOOC

JEN ROSS talked about why the team thought a Talking Head style was not the kind of MOOC they wanted. Hamish said that they CONSCIOUSLY CONSTRUCTED  something different.  Wanted to see how this way would develop without the PRIVILEGE of the TEACHING POSITION.  It isn’t a reassuring process  as Steve Fuller put it..: the lecture is an ancient artifice”. wanted some NEW NORMS  lots of different ways to experience a MOOC


First wave of Coursera in the UK

Flip side is the mooc might not be for people who don’t engage.

Hamish likened this mooc to A HAPPENING.   It’s not a course but an EXPERIENCE.

Someone tweeted This MOOC is an ART FORM

There was some discussion of Connectedness after the course ends.   Will people be able to access the Coursera site? Twitter hashtag will continue to be used.  Great that people would like to stay in touch.


Hamish said the tutors are looking for anything CREATIVE.

Take a look at the artifacts that the MSC students did  to spark some INSPIRATION

Jen said go back through content of course and build from that.  Be BRAVE keep in mind that copyright issues are a bit tricky. Christine says to think about key messages in the course. How would you DELIVER THE MESSAGE in a new way. Think about adding your Flickr images to the Creative Commons Group

Sian gave an overview of Next week  Being Human… What is precious?  what do we want to keep , how do we improve on humans?  trans-humanism

week 3 The Happening
Tagxedo of A Happening 2/15/13
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