Lifestream, Comment on Algorithmic experiment by Renee Furner

What a great idea, Stuart & Chenée!

The results were interesting too – I was surprised by the results to search 5, and the seeming existence of a ‘geographic memory’ despite your setting having been cleared.

I was also surprised that your Google topics were updated so rapidly: when I deleted a bunch (but nowhere near all – just a selection) of YouTube video from my browsing history (in youtube), my Google topics reverted to ‘none’ and did not update until the next day.

Your finding about comments in YouTube was another point of interest for me. During the MOOC micro-ethnography, I left comments on videos that we’d been asked to watch on youtube, to see if I could get some dialogue going outside of the Coursera platform, but didn’t get any responses. Your findings may suggest that in situations such as mine (then), algorithms can work against the establishment of community.

Super to read – thank you.

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Lifestream, Comment on Micro-ethnography by Renee Furner

This is a really engaging read, Stuart ‘ thank you!
The digital cacophony at the beginning was really disorienting ‘ I can see why people may want to turn away from it when learning.

One of the points I thought of with regard to the scale of MOOCs (and mine was an infant compared to yours) was that in order to participate in forums, users need a sense of the history of that forum. Without this knowledge, the information can be overwhelming, and if enough people lack knowledge of the history, participation norms are difficult if not impossible to establish.

As one of the ‘steps to success’ in a MOOC
, Cormier suggests that participants need to ‘cluster’, so that they can filter the noise/information, and make it manageable.

It seems though, that within your MOOC there was no opportunity to network and find those on with shared interests (excepting Chenée) – and similarly I’ve seen scant evidence of this in our peer’s ethnographies. What kind of environment would have supported that, I wonder?

Really interesting observations – a pleasure to read.


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