Posts Tagged ‘cyborg’

week 10 – can you believe it?

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

southerngothic_taylorHello all, and welcome to week 10! Si├ón and I were saying this morning that we can’t believe how the semester has flown by. Your blog posts, comments and tweets over the past couple of weeks have been extremely thoughtful, interesting and creative.

This week:

This week is our final week of structured content for the course, and we’ll mark it by returning explicitly to the realm of e-learning to look at some of the themes of this block as they relate specifically to teaching and learning online. The core readings were written more than a decade apart, and are relevant not only for their engagement with the themes of uncanniness and cyborg pedagogy, but in how they may fit into Hand’s narratives of promise and threat, and in the stories they tell about their cybercultures, a way of thinking Bell advocated in week 1.

We can discuss these and other issues and questions in the blogs this week, and also, for those who are able to attend the Skype session on Wednesday at 8pm (GMT), in synchronous text chat. We will put the transcript of the chat up on the discussion board as we did last time.

Assignments:

Your lifestream will be due for submission by midnight on Sunday 13 December. We will create a page on the site this week to give explicit instructions about how to submit it, and there is more information in the course handbook about the assessment criteria.

If you haven’t decided, in consultation with your tutor, on your final course assignment topic and format, you will want to start thinking about that in earnest over the next few weeks. As previously noted, you must email your tutor before you start to work on your assignment, to agree your topic and format.

Have a great week, everyone.

home straits: week 9

Monday, November 16th, 2009

The ethnographies are all up now, and the work that’s gone into these, and into the constructive and supportive commentary, has been genuinely impressive. The studies have opened up and dusted down corners of the web which I had no idea existed, and have engaged critically and reflexively with essential questions like ‘what constitutes community?’, ‘what is ethnography?’, ‘how do the ‘virtual’ and ‘real’ intersect?’, ‘what counts as internet research?’ and many, many others. I’d really recommend anyone who hasn’t yet had a read of the ethnographies to spend an hour or so on this when you have it.

Meanwhile, we continue this week with the readings on cyborgism, posthumanism and related critical theories. These will lead into our skype chat next week on wednesday, when we’ll talk about applying some of these ideas to online pedagogy. There have been some really great additional readings, videos and links coming through on Twitter to help with these readings – many thanks everyone for those.

Finally, the wallwisher on being posthuman is starting to look really good so do keep posting to this when inspired to. Remember to log out of wallwisher if you want to post anonymously.

See you in the blogs and on Twitter – have a good week.