After a very productive Skype group chat, I feel that the EDC17 course is beginning to reflect a real community: one of trust and honesty. The feeling from a number of participants on the course connects to my Visual artefact from Block 1 Cyber Cultures. In a space where our learning journey is made public, the exposure of identity makes us feel vulnerable and ‘technically’ naked.
Every once in a while I fall into a rhythm, one that feels close to progression rather than merely coasting the course. I shake off inertia by doing what I can, when I can. That is until I look through the other EDC17 blogs, the fear then starts to creep in, is my blog banal? Are my posts a ‘Fisher Price’ version compared to my peers? My understanding of a blog is to write in a manner that is colloquial. I must be strategic to ameliorate my blog posts…maybe even throw in a few impressive words here and there.
Over the past few weeks I have become a hermit when I am not working or catering to the needs of my household. My head is constantly stuck in a book. I am now referred to as a ‘sook’ amongst my peers. They laugh at the fact that I am only doing the one module of the Digital Education course and I have more books than them BUT I can’t help it. I feel like an addict!
The Twitter post below made me laugh so much. There is nothing worse than a powerpoint in a meeting or as part of the classroom. I’d rather experience a flipped classroom where time spent with the teacher is productive and discussions constructive. There is another way to do a powerpoint presentation attached here and not only does it relate to week one of my xMOOC and how vision works but it also relates to the value of visual artefacts.
After week one of my xMOOC I was left feeling disheartened. After completing the multiple choice quiz first time I felt proud but I couldn’t help but feel frustrated. If I wanted, I could submit until reaching an 80% pass mark.
Although content was delivered in the same format throughout week two, I didn’t seem to have the motivation to get through the course content and took hardly any notes. Unprepared, I decided to guess the quiz with only the knowledge that I retained from technology somnambulism. The results of the quiz came back at 60% but told me which answers were incorrect. I clicked retake and to my surprise the questions were different. I sat upright in my seat and the competitive Linzi was back! I looked through notes (only half the amount as week 1) and found myself valuing the course again.
Recently I’ve been wondering if the ‘grass is greener’ in a cMOOC. From what I’ve heard so far from peers, there seems to be support and conversation with fellow participants and room for debate on the subject covered by the cMOOC. It seems less structured and more flexible in how participants interact with the course. I feel that I am the only participant on my xMOOC and the one way conversation with my onscreen tutor isn’t satisfying my urge to converse and discuss the new found information. Although, a whats app group chat of 250 people would frustrate me! I struggled to keep up with conversation on the first EDC17 Together tube. I suppose that’s why we are all doing mini- ethnographies as you can not comment on what you have not experienced.
This video is just stunning and I am mesmerised by the movement and the visual impact. Sometimes you don’t need words. Film can also capture movement in ways that a live performance can miss. Through social media we can share footage far and wide, reaching many that may not have experienced dance and we can replay to hearts desire.