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The start of this course was the toughest part (so far, at least). Not having a single online “home” left me feeling a bit lost as evident in the earlier stages of the first page. Whilst finding my feet, and even beyond that, I resorted to what I knew: spending time (being frustrated) with the presentation layer, IFTTT, wordpress, pintrest et al, categorised as “meta”.

Progressing past that stage was important.  Doing so focused in on Twitter, despite my initial misgivings, as it was most efficient at dealing with images, youtube, links. Using Twitter to get across my thoughts and (hopefully/sometimes) substantive points in less than 140 characters soon became a lesson in brevity. I’m sure this new experience will serve me well throughout the MSc and beyond.

Typically there were four stages to each of my posts: 1 – read it; 2 – post it; 3 – fix it; and 4 – tag it. It became a streamlined process. Engaging with the content this way forced me to digest the reading or videos, consider the author’s intent; look for hooks; review it; and consider merit and clarity in my postings on the matter as well as the presentation. What worked well through the weeks was specifically referencing the point from the reading alongside my comment. I might have done more of this to explicitly tie my thinking back to the readings. Although some of my favourite posts did not: Community and creativity; Flipped Classrooms and the one about technology building sausage machines in education. I was also inspired by virtual reality, in part thinking I would focus my digital essay on the subject (which did not come to pass), but also because it seems suitably cyberpunk.

The course’s community events such as TogetherTube and the hangouts were also of great benefit to hearing different paths towards understanding. With more time, I would have liked to do more reading of, and commenting on, other students’ blogs. When I did do that, it presented some new ideas or helped toward confirming my thoughts. Some blog discussions never really took off, so I continued to favour Twitter

The process and outcomes of creating the artefacts was satisfying. Looking back, I’m proud of each one.

We are not here to merely to learn by reading or watching, we are here to learn by creating, considering, comparing, critiquing and communicating. The lifestream is a document of our investigation in to issues surrounding culture, technology and education.  The lifestream activity achieves that in a way that’s so different from traditional essay writing. I have learned to enjoy the lifestream process. Least of all because the activity directly represents elements of debate I have on a daily basis in my job at a university, the feedback from which motivated me further in my blog. So too did satisfaction from feedback from fellow students and the blog tutor.

The journey of this stream, as I keep reminding myself, is important to ensure I arrive somewhere. And as it started, so too does it end.

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Comment on Tweet! Sometimes marketing is about too much bling by cmiller

I’ve been arguing that lecture capture is so “old-hat” that those who haven’t already adopted it should be looking to leap-frog the technology entirely. From a pedagogical perspective, I might expect you to agree with that, though I’m not entirely sure what the alternatives would be, I think they would involve some sort of lo-fi portable recording as per MSCEDC weekly intros, or maybe hi-tech virtual reality or AR lectures, streamed online… anything that improves attendance virtually or in-person would be a productive project to pursue!

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Comment on Tweet! Battling with IFTTT again so I can try some alternative tools by cmiller

So much IFTTT frustration abounds on #mscedc. And to think that IFTTT are currently soliciting votes for some award for making our lives easier…

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From Twitter: Big Data – Every keystroke indicates your mood?

From Twitter: Testing the algorithm on Google Play

Hipster algorithm? I wasn’t explicitly looking for Ghost in the Shell soundtrack, but the algorithm picked up on “trends” and presented it anyway. As it happened, it was also just the type of music I was looking for!

Trends of E-learning for 2017

Going forward in to 2017 I have no doubt that the items listed in the infographic above feature in the pedagogic, deterministic, budgetary and strategic discussions variously held throughout UK Higher Education. I just wonder how quickly they will permeate down to the experiences of academics and students in the classrooms, and which institutions will be among the first to make the most capital out of each one.


From Twitter

Starbird sighed. “I used to be a techno-utopian. Now I can’t believe that I’m sitting here talking to you about all this.”

The depressing reality that people are people no matter what tools they use to express their humanity.

From Twitter- April Fool with an algorithmic twist

This April Fools from NVidia was very well done. It would be no surprise to hear that it pulled some people in. The thought that machines can play your game for (or against) you is nothing new. “Bots” have been in existence for years that would do just that, either as opponents in your game or even autoscripts to take on the more mundane tasks in video games or just play for you entirely. But this video suggests something very much more appealing. “Deep learning algorithms” which will even “talk or emote” on your behalf! It’s like you never left your seat… I wonder if NVIDIA will ever release the numbers of sign-ups they captured on that page

From Twitter

In a bid to stop the spam, if you see a password request for a post, it’s the same as our module hashtag on twitter

It was getting a bit out of hand. Without any control over the plugins on this wordpress site, none of the usual means are available to combat the spam.

So, I’ve started to stick posts behind a password to see if that has any impact or not.

think of the hashtag letters we use ….

From Twitter

On one hand, we fear that AI will follow us to the extent of the known universe to hunt us down, on the other, we work on connecting the human brain to merge with computers to “keep up” with advanced in AI. There’s a nuance in this that I haven’t picked up. To me, if I was genuinely scared that AI would be our ultimate downfall, then I wouldn’t go about plugging technology in to my brain. Perhaps there will be good and bad AI. Perhaps, come the singularity, some will choose the side of humans, and others will go rogue. Maybe the comic (and many movies) in the “Transformers” series may yet become valued as a highly prescient work of literature, where one side of sentient robots chooses to enslave humans, whilst the other chooses to work with humanity so it can be free…..

Tweetorial and TweetArchivist – my thoughts

How has the Twitter archive represented our Tweetorial?

TweetArchivist has represented our “intensive tweeting” period as a series of graphs, tables and word clouds. It has used quantitative measurements such as a sum (e.g. total number of tweets per user), averages (e.g. word clouds) and counts (e.g. number of hashtags used). It has done so with a tool that is not specifically designed to offer learning analytics. Not say that fact precludes its presentation from being used in such a manner, which I’ll get to later in this post.

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From Twitter – delegating to the machine

I *think* I probably got to this point in the write up of the tweetorial, but basically, the level of interpretation identified by Helen does suggest that there is some merit in academics being more explicit in feedback, lest students take an altogether different reading….

Some thoughts down on video ahead of my tweetorial write-up

Never sure how to get video to embed properly in this blog from the media service, and I’m out of time, so here are a couple of links to the same thing:

From Twitter

Given Haraway raised the issue of gender and sci-fi earlier in my blogging, I thought that this collection could be relevant. I haven’t purchased it, because I’m still working through a bunch of Christmas and birthday books. There is a mix of male and female authors in that list. Are there noticeable differences between sci-fi written by either gender?