I really enjoyed this Nigel and especially enjoyed the infographic.
Good idea to try to glean as much info as you could from things like the profiles, use what you can and I found the spread of reasons to study the course quite interesting, I must admit, I wouldn’t have considered studying Spanish for a career move,
from Comments for Nigel’s EDC blog http://ift.tt/2m16zTy
This definitely struck a chord with me.
These days it seems we distance ourselves from and ‘sanitise’ so much of life. We package meat and other food in ways that disguises its origins to such an extent that some children have no idea where it comes from. Society distances itself from mental health issues, ‘perverse’ sexuality and beliefs that do not conform to the norm. In many parts of the developed world we live our lives behind closed doors, a long way from the close-knit communities of our history.
So, yes, I can see how complete immersion in the culture of a community is essential to really understand it.
That got me thinking about the word immersion and how much more of a visceral and ‘real’ experience baptism by total immersion must be compared to the sanitised and symbolic ritual many Christian churches observe. To me that feels like a great example of understanding through immersion, in a very literal sense.
Getting an ‘insiders’ view of digital education was one of the reasons I decided to complete this Masters course. Studying the topics I have has proved useful in my day job, but some of the most useful insights have come from being a distance learning, digital student. All along I’ve been ‘doing ethnography’ and didn’t know it!
This is one aspect of this experimental course format that I’ve found tricky. I get the idea of bringing in feeds using different tools but, having worked in communications for many years prior to my current role, I’m used to actively curating content and automated feeds don’t suit my ways of working. I much prefer embedding content from various sources directly into blog posts, which is what I’ve done for the most part.
Personally I’d rather engage more deeply with the content of fewer embedded links, than stream in lots of content that I don’t have time to read, watch, or add metadata to.
This humorous and well presented talk provides some useful insights into they ways ethnography can improve understanding and identify opportunities.
“The best way to predict the future is to invent it”