— Clare Thomson (@ClareThomsonQUB) April 8, 2017
— Clare Thomson (@ClareThomsonQUB) March 31, 2017
Having come across this video by chance, it really spoke to me regarding my themes of connections and student data. During the first section of this interview Gardner Campbell speaks of how personalised learning is when your teacher really knows you. The difficulty being how to scale this ‘thick, rich experience‘ up to hundreds of students.
One possible answer is to ’empower the individuals to scale their own meetings on the network’ and here the meaning of ‘meeting’ is ‘spaces in which humans encounter each other in particularly rich meaningful ways‘.
This desire for connection is something that the web was built for. Yet Gardner asks ‘Is higher ed ready to tap in, in very meaningful, deep ways to students dispositions to connect?‘.
So why the continued resistance? Why the avoidance to teach and integrate communication processes effectively online? Again and again the response to blended or distance learning is to create resources, put them online and let the students work through. The culture mountain is tall and we are still near the bottom as a sector.
— Clare Thomson (@ClareThomsonQUB) March 27, 2017
This Tweet caught my eye as it was by someone who is going to delivering a keynote at an institutional event in April and the Tweet prompting the comment is added below. This is relevant for my human thread in that it isn’t the technology that is the worry it is our implementation of it, and whether or not it is for the good of the people.
People misunderstand the danger from AI. It's not that robots will rise up. It's that dangerous algorithms will be made by oblivious people.
— Ben Werdmuller (@benwerd) March 27, 2017
Dear #mscedc little poll for you
Does IFTTT ignore a Tweet every now and again?
— Clare Thomson (@ClareThomsonQUB) March 2, 2017
I created this out of sheer frustration with IFTTT, not only did I have to battle with the embed of visual and linked elements but I also began to notice that every now and again it simply ignored something, from an otherwise functional applet. It definitely happened with both Twitter and YouTube.