3 thoughts on “@Eli_App_D Here is the link, but don’t tell anyone, it is secret!!! PLEASE! https://t.co/lVHH2bRqRh

  1. Interestingly now that I have read one of the block 2 course readings (http://jolt.merlot.org/vol9no2/stewart_bonnie_0613.pdf) I am seeing additional links to that Stewart’s paper rather than the cybercultures block.

    Stewart proposed that all MOOCs had inherent potential to expose people to the digital literacies ethos. Student’s would produce knowledge in a way that was unpredictable and gradually subvert the institutional authority of the teacher. Your work does this in the sense that no one could have predicted you would create a twitter teaser trail that led to a corporate -courtesy-speak laden email that led on to a dreamy, queasy youtube clip. On top of that by choosing to make your artefact inaccessible to some you subvert the conditions of the task to your own needs thereby reducing the hierarchy between teacher and student.

  2. Dear Daniel,
    I can hardly express how impressed and surprised I am! You understood it spot on! This was all my intention, although I had not read Stewart at the time. The subversiveness, the role switching and thus questioning of roles and hirachies is at the core of this work. (Look at the avatar as such, it is not digital at all, it is a bloody cardboard mask ^^)
    I admit I went even further. Knox and Lamb have included my artefact on the course website, although they never asked for the link or for permission. I just knew they would and now I raise questions of digital ownership, theft, privacy, moral, respect. Not blaming them at all, not a bit, just trying tomask questions.
    Here is the post:

  3. Dirk, when you contacted me in advance of preparing the artefact with a very brief outline of your plan, I’m really glad you didn’t give too much away as I think that would have lessened the effect of your work. Even knowing something experimental was coming, I had no idea of what to expect: and isn’t that one of the exciting possibilities of the digital form (even if it might be more risky around summative assessment)?

    Daniel makes a really nice link to the reading by Bonnie Stewart, where she talks about the possibility that MOOCs contribute towards the shaping of digital literacies which in turn unsettle some of the conventional ideas we have about authorship and the student-tutor relationship. As I reflect on my own experience as the audience of your work, it was unsettling and uncertain. Whereas we might more often see the tutor/marker as being in a position of power as he or she draws on experience and routine to evaluate the quality of a piece of work, with your artefact I am out of my comfort zone: “Have I done this right?” “Am I being tricked?” “Why is that guy jumping about in a Dirk-mask?”

    One thing I would say is that despite having watched the video three times now – it’s strangely compelling! – I’ve actually put to the side what you/cyborgschwindenhammer had to say about cyberculture as I’ve instead been thinking about the process – the device – around sharing the work.

    I’m still not sure I’ve ‘done this right’ but I’ve found this to be a thought-provoking experience, so thanks for that, Dirk.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *