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Month: January 2017

Week Review 2

Week Review 2

Three aspects have kept me busy this week:

Equality: We are living in a time of multiple inequalities, despite being both biologically and philosophically equal (to a sufficient degree).

Humanism: Traditional Humanism has come under criticism and is rightly refused. Post Humanism, Critical Post Humanism and Transhumanism (see Bayne’s paper on „What’s the matter with…) do however not pose a favourable alternative, as they shift the focus away from human agency by closely intertwining the human and the non-human (mostly technology).

Teaching: Learning can only be thought of in connection with something we do learn, which is seen and constituted in concrete action (see Macleod’s position paper on Human Cognition). Hence teaching as the art of enabling the individual to learn can not be thought of as a purely theoretical attempt, but is consequently tied to future concrete action.

If we add to this the vast field of technology, digital technology and digital education, we as digital educators are presented with a very concrete question: Do we want to study and teach, so that we and our students learn to take concrete actions? Or do we not?

I hashtagged consequently in one of my Tweets: No digital without social.

The social means
– acting to abolish existing inequalities.
– developing a modern Humanism, which puts the human first.
– studying and teaching ways to help us achieve this.
– by putting our emphasis on the human and human agency, always thinking digital and(!) social, we might put ourselves into a position, in which we can find new ways to address the aspects mentioned above.

Quick thoughts on the intro to week 2

Quick thoughts on the intro to week 2

A lot of the aspects of the video make a lot of sense enven f they appear not to. Wether intentionally or not, this is what makes a good video.

Nice “wow” effect. Where are they? A theater? Makes total sense, as it is about film fest etc. And an old cinema is a pretty counterpoint to new digi tech.

Two guys sitting next to each other:
Nice familiar setting. Looks welcoming. The guys seem to have a good time, which helps the viewer to have one too.

The two looking down, which suggests authority. Makes sense.
The viewer “sitting with their back to the screen”, good, we have two guys, what are you seeing? Makes us think automatically.

Sound and pic quality
Good. Effect on pic? Would make sense.

Starts with noticeable film excerp. Intersting, slightly confusing, what are they on about? Nice.

Pick up of the film, nice story arch. So a story inside the story. Stories are good for learning. Plus both guys kinda act, which is fun to watch, as it comes with a wink of an eye.
Plus it is Westworld, which makes sense. Especially using the original film, now that the new TV series is so popular.

Refernce to Westworld. Next time try do not show the source, leave it for the viewer to find out. Thus you create sort of a hard core fanbase, an in-crowd, those who know, who feel special because they do and will develop a greater connection to the film and upcoming films.

Two hosts
But why? Experts on different fields? One is funny the other not? Or why? I know why, yet it would make more sense two define characters, so they are distinguishable. Makes recognition and hence learning easier.

Both are authentic, which is key to learning and warching.