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Favourite tweets! Favourited to watch

I would love to be able to attend this event, as I would have liked to attend recent lectures by Audrey Watters and on Critical Pedagogy at Edinburgh. I will look out for recordings.

The title is interesting – erosion and sedimentation recall my lifestream analogy and underpin how words and metaphors perform our world.

Tweet! Human transhumanist

I tweeted this article on transhumanism. What I found fascinating about it was that Randal Koene, a transhumanist, was asked by the interviewer

wouldn’t a radical fusion of ourselves with technology amount, in the end, to a final capitulation of the very idea of personhood?

Koene replied by saying

Hearing you say that makes it clear that there’s a major hurdle there for people. I’m more comfortable than you are with the idea, but that’s because I’ve been exposed to it for so long that I’ve just got used to it.

We have a choice don’t we?

Favourite tweets!

Studying different analytical tools allows us a better view of ‘the processes inherent to analysis itself‘ (Knox, 2015), allowing us to see what might be considered success under their terms.

Knox, J. (2014). Abstracting Learning Analytics. Code Acts in Education ESRC seminar series blog.

Tweet! Political geographies

This map makes visible a geography of academic achievement with inherent class and race implications and shows educational achievement as both marking and constructing divisions in society.

Mapping the geography of academic attainment

Big data can be harnessed for good or wielded as unimpeachable fact to direct our action in pursuit of anothers’ gain. As Enyon states,

as a community we need to shape the agenda rather than simply respond to the one offered by others

(Enyon, 2013, p.238)

Eynon, R. (2013). The rise of Big Data: what does it mean for education, technology, and media research? Learning, Media and Technology. pp.237-240.

Tweet! Never a single view of anything

Learning analytics can add to our understanding of the conditions for learning when used in conjunction with human judgement and triangulated with information from other sources. More importantly, it is a measure of wider political and societal concerns such as the marketization of education led by Silicon Valley giant corporations.

Algorithms made manifest

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by crocheting computer-generated instructions of the Lorenz manifold: all crochet stitches together define the surface of initial conditions that under influence of the vector field generated by the Lorenz equations end up at the origin; all other initial conditions go to the butterfly attractor that has chaotic dynamics. The overall shape of the surface is created by little local changes: adding or removing points at each step

Art or craft can make complex mathematics ‘visible’ for the layperson revealing its beauty and intricacies and opening up ways of understanding what composes our black boxed technologies.

The mathematics of crochet