‘…the boundary between science fiction and social reality is an optical illusion’ – Donna Haraway
Digital Essay. January 3rd 2010.
Part 1 – The Rabbit Hole
A lifestream-based learning presence is a rabbit-hole to a wonderland, the can-opener to a madhouse. It encourages fun, playfulness – the harvesting of content and resources from previously ‘un-academic’ areas [...]
Antipodality is the experience of (dis) location – of being neither here nor there but both here and there – created by vectors of transnational and globalised communication – Usher and Edwards.
In the same way that the antipodal nature of the elements that made up the Protocols of the Elders of Zion allowed it to [...]
Knowledge and understanding of concepts
Does the assignment show a critical engagement with the content of the course? Does it demonstrate breadth of understanding of the concepts and theories covered?
Knowledge and use of the literature
Have the relevant key references been used? Have other relevant sources been drawn on and coherently integrated into the analysis? Is [...]
…a 12-week course element of the fully-online University of Edinburgh MSc in E-learning. The course finished in December 2009.
It was an experiment in using an open-access, disaggregated learning environment which pulled together content, readings, tweets, blog postings and other social media in an attempt to explore what is most interesting not only about theories of [...]
The final post: a reflection and a farewell …
The end of the module and time to reflect on the lifestream.
I’ve already made some summarising comments in an earlier post in which I describe the course as an example of ‘loosely coupled teaching’ and, to a lesser degree in an even earlier one on my tweet cloud. However, [...]
The deadline for the submission of our lifestreams approaches – just 90 minutes left as I write – and I realise how important the blog has been to my lifestream with other technologies in walk-on roles (Twitter to advertise blog posts, YouTube, Slideshare and Flickr to host the media I embed in them etc.). These [...]
Block 2: Virtual communities and online identities is another really exciting course chunk. As with Block 1, we’ve an artefact to produce: a study – in whatever format we choose – of a virtual community. As with Block 1, there are some terrific energies being released here.
week 5: 19 October
Twitter seems to be abandoned at [...]
I think it may be fair to say that, like many, I found Block 3: Cyborg learners – critical perspectives on digital culture to be the toughest of all the blocks and the one I least enjoyed. I think I find the whole idea of cyborgs and the posthuman to be a bit, well, silly.
So, lifestreaming…. Mmm – interesting, challenging, unnerving are just a few words that spring to mind. In the first few weeks of the course I just didn’t get it. In part due to trying to get to grips with the technology ie, setting up the feeds etc but also I because I felt really [...]
This has been a fascinating journey through three blocks of the course. For my lifestream: http://digitalculture-ed.net/eneasm/eneas-lifestream/ I have mainly used Delicious, Youtube and Twitter. I also occasionally used Deviant Art early in the course and also Flickr and Tumblr at various stages. I also experimented with creating some original videos of my experiences in Second Life [...]