Tamagotchi to fitbit

Thinking of the various digital communities over the past 30 years and I think the tammagotchi generation are today’s fitbit community, but the annoying life form they are trying to keep alive is themselves. #mscedc


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Thought I should share some MOOC creativity #mscedc

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I realised today that I have been sharing my MOOC participation with everyone except my classmates, who probably understand it the most.

I chose to try out Photography Basics and Beyond: From Smartphone to DSLR Specialisation from Michigan university.  I have never studied photography before but had decided to give it a try before our MOOC weeks started and had even signed up for a local class. I thought this would be a great way to compare on and off-line courses.

I really had no expectations for this MOOC and had thought I’d just lurk and see what was what, but very quickly found myself being drawn in.  I think I may be falling into the label of devotee from Kozinet’s writing (2010).
I have actively taken part in all the peer review assignments and tried to take on board the teachings from each video lecture. I have to be honest as well and say my photos are getting better 🙂
Just for fun, here is a selection of the ones I have taken so far.

A gallery of my photos taken since the start of my MOOC choice.

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Kozinets, R.V., 2010. Understanding Culture Online. In Netnography: doing ethnographic research online. London: Sage, pp. 21–40. Available at: https://www.sagepub.com/sites/default/files/upm-binaries/31334_02_Kozinets_Ch_02.pdf.

Chosen a photography MOOC for my ethnography study. #mscedc

My desk at work. Screen shows my mooc choice and the camera is a hint.
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Carrying on with our thoughts on MOOCs and ethnography, I have decided to go with one of the courses on coursera, on photography. This is something I have no previous knowledge of and so can participate as part of the community as a proper new learner. I am also taking a course in real life on photography during this block so I thought it could be a very interesting contrast so see the community choosing to learn in a real life course which they have to pay for as opposed to a free MOOC.