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Intersections in Online Learning

In using the term ‘online’ learning I follow Paulson (2002):

• “the separation of teachers and learners which distinguishes it from face-to-face education
• the influence of an educational organization which distinguishes it from self-study and private tutoring
• the use of a computer network to present or distribute some educational content
• the provision of two-way communication via a computer network so [...]

End of Lifestream Summary

Introduction

I decided not to go back over my summaries but to attempt a search for the deep structure behind them. In that endeavour I came up with six questions which require answers for me to be satisfied with what these weeks brought me; a kind of personal accounting procedure.

End of [...]

Week Ten Summary

I used Sian Bayne’s latest article as a basis to personally reflect on the uncanny nature of learning space in an academic environment. I found myself in agreement about where ‘machining and dreaming’ belong in a house of learning. I do see uncanny pedagogies as being a futuristic approach to academic, school and personalized learning. [...]

Week Nine Summary

An enforced absence; having a medical problem myself, trying to teach effectively, looking after a household, two dogs, five cats and two rabbits plus a wife recovering from a major operation showed me just how much clay my feet were made of.

Key pointers from ‘Lost and found’

(dis)location

From Usher and Edward’s paper I have tried to garner the key pointers offered which will help me to interpret the changes implied for teaching, learning and research.

the reader becomes the potential author
experts are dislocated in the security of their roles
the traditional and emerging  blur expertise boundaries
there is a ‘diaspora  space of hybridity’
the self-regulating [...]

Week 12: Reflections, Refinements and Reality Checks

Throughout this course I have tried to get a sense of exactly what “Digital Cultures” might mean – the very slipperiness of the term indicates the currency and breadth of possibilities encompassed. Whilst it may refer to a notion such as “digitally mediated cultures and communities”, what is included in such groupings [...]

‘uncanny digital pedagogies’

This marks my return to my blog after an enforced absence; having a medical problem myself, trying to teach effectively, looking after a household, two dogs, five cats and two rabbits plus a wife recovering from a major operation showed me just how much clay my feet were made of.

I celebrated my return by starting [...]

My lifestream summary

I have chosen these web applications to demonstrate my digital activities throughout the course as part of my learning process:

Facebook
Twitter
YouTube
Flickr
Delicious
My Blog

Although I have setup 6 applications but my digital activities through out the course are mainly using Facebook as shown in my lifestream feeds. There are 226 entries on Facebook compared to 3 on Flickr.

I [...]

Week 11 – Lights down, Chest out, Jazz Hands!

This week I’ve been working on preparing my assignment but, by weird and slightly unfortunate coincidence, I’ve also had a series of presentations to give this week so I have been collating those as well. In fact I’ll start there.

Having shared some very vague ideas in last week’s [...]

Week 10 – Back in the loop

This week I concentrated on the course readings in preparation for the tutorial on Skype on the Wednesday of the week. Interestingly there is no way to properly represent the Skype tutorial – which was really useful for talking through some of the post human, critical and uncanny views – in my lifestream so this [...]