Assessing the #edcmooc digital artefact

Hmmm, I still find myself not quite walking away from my phenomenal #edcmooc experience – though this has not been the experience for everyone who have not liked the laissez-faire approach of this course (Young, 2013). At 1.00am on Monday 4th March 2013, my grade and feedback on my digital artefact had been released to me. I […]

Learning through a lens on the #edcmooc

I thought I had drawn a line under my #edcmooc experience, but there is a something that is still niggling at me to say just a little bit more. In the preamble to the course, the tutors wanted to invite the participants to “view online educational practices through a particular lens – that of popular […]

Reflections on the #edcmooc (Part 2)

This is the second of 2 blog posts on my critical reflection of the E-learning and Digital Cultures Coursera course with the University of Edinburgh. Tutor Presence One of the most interesting things to come out of the #edcmooc was a post from an anonymous participant in an EDCMOOC discussion forum thread entitled “Where are the professors?” which ran along […]

Reflections on the #edcmooc (Part 1)

Well folks, what an amazing five weeks it has been on the E-learning and Digital Cultures Coursera course with the University of Edinburgh and I have enjoyed very single second of it – what a brilliant and fantastic experience to be part of this endeavour. As promised, I am going to be using this blog post […]

Week 4: The Postmodern Prometheus #edcmooc

We have reached the final leg of Block 2 of the course, Week 4, which is entitled “Refining the human”. The course tutors have suggested that we turn our attention to those “perspectives which focus on how technology works to re-define what constitutes ‘the human’ – for better or worse – and what that might […]

We’ll meet the meat #edcmooc

No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man’s and yet as mortal as his own; that as men busied themselves about their various concerns they were scrutinised and studied, perhaps almost as narrowly as a man […]

Week 3: The threat to the human condition #edcmooc

We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special – Prof Stephen Hawking, Der Spiegel, 17.10.1988 We have now reached half-way-house as we enter Block 2 which asks the question: “what does it mean to be […]

Week 2: Metaphors, memes and mimicry? #edcmooc

Information that we copy from person to person, by imitation, by language, by talking, by telling stories, by wearing clothes, by doing things — this is information copied with variation and selection. This is [a] design process. (Blackmore, 2008) This post has taken a little longer to get published as I have been down with […]

Blue Robot

Week 1: Determinism, dependency and discrepancy? #edcmooc

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic (Clarke, 1962, rev. 2000) I am going to leave my impressions and reflections about the E-Learning and Digital Cultures MOOC until after the course has finished (but suffice to say I have been enormously impressed with it). Block 1 of the course is an exploration of utopian and […]

Limbering up for the #edcmooc 2013 sweepstake

One of the things that I have found to be quite remarkable since signing up for “E-learning and Digital Cultures” Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) with the University of Edinburgh and Coursera is the sheer volume of online pre-course activity that has been generated by the EDC MOOC students – a kind of “limbering up” […]