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In conclusion…

Early thoughts on the course structure were often of distraction, frustration and the urge to ‘throw in the towel’ which had to be resisted.

“I’m not yet sure that my Lifestream will eventually portray an objective picture of my involvement with digital culture and I don’t see lifestreaming as a mash-up … but I’m willing to [...]

The theory of uncanny pedagogies and how one online course is attempting to use technology to promote discomforted learning. By Sarah Payne

This piece is designed to supply the reader with a beginning and an end – but the route taken on this journey is decided by the reader.

The design pays homage to Kress and allows me to use new technologies to address “the relative power of author or reader” (2005: pg9). In conventional essays the reader [...]

Lifestream summary and critical evaluation

You have reached the end of the internet. Please turn off the lights before you leave.

OK, perhaps things are not so dramatic but you have definitely reached the end of my lifestream. As a chronological collection of my digital activities and interests, my lifestream hopefully conveys a sense of my many disembodied online presences. [...]

Week 11 Lifestream summary

Well, this is my last weekly update before I focus upon writing the evaluation of my lifestream and really start on my essay (eekk). If I reflect upon how I have engaged with my lifestream at first I was totally unnerved by it. I had never done anything like this before or even heard about [...]

Week 11 Summary

Well we are into the final week of the lifestream so I imagine that this will be my last summary before the ‘final’ entry next weekend, and I  have to say that I will be rather sad to see this end.

At first I did not respond well to the lifestream. I found it fiddly to [...]

Teaching and learning in the digital world

The last two readings took me back in time when I first started my journey as a MSc in e-learning student doing IDEL, using various online tools for learning, talking about digital immagrants and natives (Marc Prensky).

How I wish somehow I could distribute these two readings among my teaching colleagues to introduce them to the [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

A canny paper (on the uncanny)

A really exciting and thought-provoking paper from Sian. A manifesto for this course? Maybe, though I’d say  it was more philosophical blueprint (the spectre of Sian’s argument haunting the dispersed spaces of our own reflections?).

In the Skype chat session Sian asked if we thought it was over-theorised. For me I think it was. Sorry Sian [...]

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 [...]