Going manual

My applets for Pinterest are stubbornly non-visual so this is how my #mscedc board actually looks by week 7. Seeing it all together it is a lot less messy than it probably should. It is a mix of people and visual data. One of this weeks aims will be to add to this board as much as possible.

Comment on Pinned to #MSCDE on Pinterest by cthomson

Hi Eli’s
I have yet to get Pinterest pictures to embed visually in my blog. Would you be able to share your IFTTT recipe as a screenshot? I have tried so many different variations but none work at all. With YouTube/Twitter/Instagram I was able to manually hack my way to visual delight but can’t get this one at all and it totally defeats the whole purpose to see a bunch of unlinked/non-image text to show an image (rage…)

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Week 6 summary

I ended my thoughts last week with the question “I wonder if we now have overly high expectations of community in the online sphere?” and looking back through my stream for this week I see that I have been probing away at this.

The paper Participant association and emergent curriculum in a MOOC: can the community be the curriculum? (Bell, Mackness & Funes) looks at participation and community and its conclusion states:

There was confusion over what community meant, and where and how to perform it in Rhizo14, as participants brought different tacit understandings of the term to the course. The ‘warm glow’ communitarian notion of community emerged as a shared meaning that often defined both interaction and curriculum.

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Tweet MOOCs

This was a quite an odd article starting with an odd photograph of a line of children sitting staring at screens for a story about MOOCs, the vast majority of which are designed for adult education. Also adults wouldn’t be sitting in a row in a classroom participating in one! Is this just laziness or a way of trying to subvert thoughts around MOOCs? The summary article for a piece of research then goes on to describe how those who comment are most likely to finish the course. This is then followed up with the admission that most commenters are  older/retired/not working etc and therefore have the time to comment. Also, surely engagement is a sure sign of possible completion. Lastly, those non-commenters who are younger/working have no drive to complete non-accredited courses – they are getting what the need, literally on the run! Are we continuing to apply the same metrics to MOOCs as formal courses and if so why?

Week 5 summary

This week’s stream seemed to have three different elements – community, robots and spaces.

Robots and ethics still seem to be on my mind in this block and Philip and I have been discussing the worries around the future of these. Using autonomous vehicles as an example, even Elon Musk is warning humanity that they need a plan for the displaced workforce due to these vehicles.

Spaces and their importance offline and online have also appeared due to our discussions and also from my MOOC on designs for the future. As with the vehicles we need to redesign our spaces to work with technology and not against it – the library is now used more than ever but needs to be more than just a building to house physical books. We need to encourage collaboration and communication for users and access to the Internet.

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Ethnography, MOOC, Design and Serendipity

When it came to choosing a MOOC to join in order to conduct our micro-digital ethnography I made the pragmatic decision to check the weekly email from the providers that I normally ignore. Next I checked the start dates and finally I skimmed the titles to find one that was most relevant/attractive for my work. This seemed important considering I am working full time, studying on a formal course and now studying on an informal course whilst researching it – a stretch by anyone’s imagination. After this sophisticated process the winner was: Designing the Future on the Future Learn platform by RMIT University.

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Comment on Visual Artefact #mscedc by cthomson

Hi Linzi, what a truly wonderful image. For me the weaving of the human and the technical conveys so clearly the complexity of how the digital is an integral part of our lives now – almost impossible to separate. I am wondering what the motivation of making your head less ‘human’ was, going from skin colouring to black? Is it due to the digital input arriving at that point and dehumanising us, a virtual black hole so to speak?

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Comment on Digital artefact: Post-human classroom by cthomson

I loved your artefact Chenée. For me the background photograph was the most intriguing mostly due to the empty bookcase which seemed to represent a future of only digital media and no print books on display. Having found out after it was your own photograph therefore made it even more interesting. I did manage to guess that it was you on the screen though.
All in all really thought provoking, thank you.

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