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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 12: lifestream summary

I began my lifestream with a sense that I would be saving ephemera.  In my early blog posts I played with the ‘why?’ of the activity.  Was I creating commonplace book, a scrapbook of nostalgia, the virtual clippings and travel stubs to remind me of my journey? Or a bower bird, attracting a mate?  If [...]

Week 10 summary: embracing the uncanny

Our new pedagogies may be uncanny but it was with a sigh of relief I returned to the familiar realm of education.  The jaunt through cultural studies has been extremely interesting, but I was getting a little lost without a peg to hang it all on.  It was the readings for this block (especially Bayne [...]

Academetron, automaton, phantom: uncanny digital pedagogies

This paper looks at exploring a pedagogy which tackles the knock-on effects of the digital on education- teaching being ‘defamiliarised’, and our notions of place, body, time and text challenged, where previously they had been dependable ‘certainties’. The adjective ‘uncanny’ is well suited, for the effect that cyberspace can have on us- the familiar becomes [...]

Week 10 Lifestream summary

Well this is the final week of the course over now – we have worked our way through 3 blocks of some interesting (and some very challenging) reading. There is now only 2 weeks left before the lifestream needs to be completed, and I have been revisiting the early weeks to ensure that all is [...]

Embodied absence, uncanny pedagogy and prosethetic devices

Above is a digital collage of all my presences on the web – I tried to put this up on Wallwisher a few weeks ago but I couldn’t embed it. At the time, I commented ‘my fragmented and distributed self’ and now having read Sian I can see that it is also evidence of [...]

Further thoughts on Bayne and a place of ghosts

Well I have finished the reading now and wanted to comment on some other elements not covered in my last post. I wanted to talk about ghosts.

So who are the ghosts?

The answer is – we create the ghosts and we are the ghosts!

“The ghost… is a figure who is both without body and out of [...]

Reading, Bayne: “Academetron, automaton, phantom: uncanny digital pedagogies”

I’ve been reading Sian’s manifesto on uncanny digital pedagogies.  I think it is really well structured and shows up very well which areas are affected and challenged by digital culture. She describes how being put into strange environments, being estranged from yourself through a disonance of body and soul, and having to re-think authenticity puts [...]

Early thoughts on Bayne

I am currently working my way through S Bayne Academetron, automaton, phantom: uncanny digital pedagogies, and I am enjoying it so far. I am still bringing these ideas together into a coherent space, but for now I want to talk about some of the quotes that have jumped out at me so far and that [...]