It was going through my blog this week while trying to wrack my brain about what to do my final assignment on that I came across this. AI seems to be the next technological frontier and I wondered if it might give me some inspiration.
I love attending seminars, I’ve posted quite regularly on my blog about some of the seminars I’ve been lucky enough to attend over the course. I’m not too fussed about the way in which the content is delivered. Usually, I find it’s boring and dry, delivered through a discussion panal or a lecture. Unlike some of my classmates I don’t love a good old-fashioned lecture. I’d much rather be doing something for at least some of the time.
I have been reflecting a lot this week about my experience in participating in Education and Digital Culture (#MSCEDC). Never have I felt so vulnerable as a student as doing #MSCEDC. I was very uncomfortable when the course first started about displaying my work to my peers and even more uncomfortable that most of my feedback would be visible to other participants.
I recently had a tutorial with my personal tutor and I surprised myself when I told her and other students on the MSc that I loved the open spaces afforded to us in #MSCEDC, I didn’t really care that people could see all my academic flaws anymore. I realised that they too, were probably trying to keep up with the workload. They weren’t judging me but looking to me for inspiration, just as I looked toward them. I was forced to be vulnerable on this course and am a better student for it.
I managed to look into this a little bit after the conference. Something that struck me while looking at the picture presentation of the speaker was that all the pictures were of very old white men, except for Al-Khwarizmi, who was Arabic. I found a nice timeline with a representation of the history of algorithms. At least here they mentioned Ada Lovelace.
This post of mine didn’t particularly relate to this week’s theme but I thought it was interesting. Students training to be paramedics and working for the ambulance service are now able to train is environments that simulate real-life situations in real time. Immersive Technologies, the company that makes this possible, can provide any situation as long as it can be filmed by a camera. I thought that learning like this provides students with more learning opportunities than they would have without it and it demonstrated explicitly how technology can provide students with many more possibilities.
In one of the seminars I attended this week I heard the term physio-lytics being bandied about. This is the practise, from what I understand as I haven’t been able to information on it, of measuring and making sense of data that is retracted from wearable technology. It is the information on your staff ID card, Fitbit or smartwatch that will be used for this kind of analysis.