EDCMOOC

I’ve started an online course a Massive Open Online Course. #edcmooc Its title is E-learning and Digital Cultures and there appears to be over a hundred participants a good proportion well educated to degree level. We evaluated several videos this week and so far a lively discussion has ensued through threaded comments. (see eCollege.me).

My first comment was:

Very dangerous to give a machine total sway over the way we do things. I still see (or want to see) Technology as a tool. I don’t see it as deterministic. It is my axe head, my flint. These shaped society but did not determine it. The printing press is another technology that shaped society and its attractive to ascribe god like powers to it. It was its use that transformed society, it was not worshipped as a god. To suggest that society is technologically driven, in my view, leaves out the serendipity of the second video. We are so much more than the sum of our media.

The third video in the series is below:

 

My comment was as follows to what is found and what is lost thread:

While its a horrible thought in my view the little bird should have died after banging into the window (not an uncommon occurrence, The figures reported for bird strikes against windows are astonishing. It is often said that between 100 million and a billion birds die in the US each year after striking windows ref: BBC however this was done through extrapolation not fact!. )  as the natural is being sacrificed and ignored in favour of the technological. (see climate change) This is not new as city dwelling has had these problems ( lack of interaction with the natural) since inception. Seen as metaphor the natural is excluded, by choice (?) in favour of the technological; the natural has the power to interrupt the technological (e.g.bird in the machine) and the human agent is oblivious to nature until forced to react (frown) when banged in front of his face. the female has no problem with being unconnected as she has her mobile.  The journey into space may provide “The Big Picture”  but this does not translate into viewing the minutiae which are ignored.Digital education has no final goal where we are all digitally educated, learning is open ended. It is also a process, a very efficient one whereby we can interact quite promptly. It is interactive distance learning. What is missing? For me very little, a pint in the student union bar? Where it is so advanced is this ability to interact, a natural occurrence. Being talked to by lecturer, writing assignments and asking questions is standard fare. Seminars may work through the Google hangout? ( sorry no experience) What we have by writing here is a multi threaded argument whereby we can choose (or not), to respond.. Choice is expanded. Time is elongated. Pace is self regulated.  I completed two Microsoft certified professional courses entirely  online (Moodle) at my own pace. This is a four / five week technologically based course yet so far the “human” touch has not been ignored. We have videos of everyone. I feel quite at home.”He is happy whom circumstance suit his temper but he is more excellent who suits his temper to any circumstance”

David Hume

I also came across this picture, updated Sistine chapel:

sistinetechno

I tweeted it.  #edcmooc

Share Button

New

einsteinlaughing

I have a new site, moving the old WordPress hosted to my account with Hostgator. This gives me:

  • Unlimited email accounts (my students can have one e.g. Bill@eCollege.me)
  • Unlimited sub domains (this is a sub domain)
  • I can now have a static web page for the main site
  • I have all the features of cPanel
  • I can allocate as much space as I like
  • “We” can have as many blogs as we like as sub domains
  • Its time to get excited

 

And much much more. Taken the site to a whole new level ready to start teaching. I have registered OnlyBlogs.net (currently redirected to here)as a companion site. I have also set up a twitter account @eCollegedotme.

Please read the latest post on NowChangeYourLife dot WordPress dot com for further details or fill out the form below if you want help or want to be a helper. You can also skype me dude.starship (Ireland), please do not just ask for contact details.

signaturewhite

Please leave a comment below about what you would like or just your thoughts!

Share Button

cPanel

cPanel contains all the utilities to manage your domain. It is very easy to use. There are excellant tutorials on every aspect you need to know. Here’s an animation to give you an idea:

helpcpanel600

There are more tutorials on Help.IrishSecure.com feel free to browse through them. Having your own domain can be as easy as a 2 minute set up of email and a WordPress blog to having a sophisticated web site that you might want at a latter stage.

Feel free to contact me on skype dude.starship (Ireland) or fill out the form below:

Share Button

Virtual Classrooms

logobookI am desperate to teach. One way will be to have a virtual classroom in second life. I found such a classroom in my wanderings. AND found a whole world of teaching at Texas State. Here is the classroom I found Set up by the look of it as a Primary School Classroom. ,> you can watch it better on this page<

But Then Dear Readers I returned a bit later to the classroom and found a techy working there. We chatted and they will be using the classroom for teacher training. Another opportunity for Avatar Creations perhaps. However I got a link to a great project they had going in 2011.

Heres An Explanation of it. Sorry about the sound:>

My next step is to visit. I have done a voice over as rhe cones don’t seem to work.

Unfortunately the cones appear to be inactive. Could be my viewer and / or might need a plugin.

HOWEVER as you can see from the first video Second Life has a great academic role to play. The construction of the virtual classroom using modern techniques and make for a truly realistic environment. What I plan is a feature not seemingly explored that of facilitating DISTANCE LEARNING. Watch this space

Share Button