We got more than a course in edcmooc

This time I want enjoy and share my happy feelings around the edcmooc course. The heading is taken from a YouTube video, which JinShenHuang has implemented as her digital artefact. I think that her message completes my conceptual writings about our course. Peer to peer learning and sharing is the point, and it is well conveyed using visualising and short sentences. Jin’s video goes from heart to heart, thanks. And thanks to our technical miracle Andy Mitchell, who tweeted that source (and many others). I’ll embed the video to the end of this post.

My second thanks goes to Ping LW from New Zealand, who shares her image (from our Flickr competition) with Creative Commons, so I could choose her image to be the header of this blog.
The next two weeks we will be enjoying images and digital artefacts in edcmooc. Not bad at all 🙂


Human interaction changes or ? #edcmooc week1

We are looking backwards and questioning whether technology helps us or takes the power over us. During the edcmooc course we will explore how digital cultures and learning cultures connect, and what does this mean for e-learning theory and practice. I want to deepen my understanding of what it means to teach and learn in the digital age. The course is about how digital cultures intersect with learning cultures online, and how our ideas about online education are shaped through “narratives”, or big stories, about the relationship between people and technology.

I am interested in human interaction, how does it change with the new technology. I have enjoyed working as an online teacher and I am convinced that human interaction is as important online than in real world. Both interactions can be connected so that there are no limits any more. If interaction between two people begins in the web and then breaks, it is a problem. What happens after a break, it is interesting. How to move to speaking and hugging? We have a film about this situation, I’ll put it in this post. In Finland many marriages begin through online connections and I think it is better than to begin in a restaurant & drinking.


My first feelings about #edcmooc

#edcmooc means Elearning and digital cultures, one of those coursera studies with 40 000 students. I have been traveling around the course materials and enjoying the mess which always surrounds these massive happenings. I have to admire those guys who offered the Facebook group beforehand and organized the learning platform with inspiration. I show you some pictures in our wiki:

I love visualizations so that I can see where to go: rooms and links are easy to follow. There are rooms for novices so that they feel confident, and there are rich possibilities to everyone. It is good to ask about own goals and basic concepts. What is digital culture and what am I seeking for here. This has been the best place to find the links I need, thanks to those wise and skillful participants. Because this course is quite open, one virtual school building is not enough, we need outer spaces, too. Here it comes:

The course material for the first week consists of short videos and we can recommend more ones, so we need a movie theatre. The Dark room sounds interesting, what could I do there?

These images inspire me to begin my studies. I gave my blog address and it was number 222. I gave my Twitter name and it was 279. if I remember right. Chris Swift was the founder of this all (Google docs, Google drive, wiki for this course – I am not careful with concepts, sorry, but I hope you can follow. His blog is worth of looking and so are many others. I made an edc file into my RSS in order to remember the blogs I have noticed. It is not easy to read hundreds of blogs and follow one’s doings.

The materials are waiting for reading. The basic questions interest me greatly, this course

will involve reading, viewing, discussing and representing how digital culture and digital education are often described as either utopian (creating highly desirable social, educational, or cultural effects) or dystopian (creating extremely negative effects for society, education or culture).

The purpose of examining digital and e-learning cultures in this way is to get an understanding of how these common kinds of constructions of the web, technology and online learning shape and influence our understanding of what’s possible and desirable in our own practices as learners, students and teachers.

I have been pondering on these questions some years and now I have this great possibility to participate on #edcmooc.

I have learned some new concepts already. Vanessa Vaile, who has commented this blog earlier, asked in the discussion forum if we are “serial or multiple moocers”. It is a new way of life to study via moocs, connectivistic or xMoocs. For me this edcmooc seems to work with the most connectivist ways, never seen a  better beginning. It is fine to continue, but now I need a break, my brain cannot find any English words anymore, perhaps they are sleeping.

Elearning and Digital Cultures

My next course will be Cousera: Elearning and Digital Cultures facilitated by Edinburgh University and beginning tomorrow. I have never seen a mooc which students begin some weeks beforehand. We have a Google group of 2000 students, Wikispace, Diigo-group, Blog lists, Twitter lists and what ever 🙂 Yesterday I was invited to chat in Twitter but I was sleeping in that time. Hashtag is #edcmooc, which is easy to remember.

Interesting to see what happens tomorrow when the course begins! More than 30 000 students participating …

EDIT 28.1. There are more than 40 000 participants and 3 700 in the Google group. And it is exciting to jump in! Whom to follow?

Notes about Learning Analytics part3

Perhaps it is normal behavior to be very enthusiastic during the conference and then slowly forget that. It is the same if you have participated f2f or online. Time will tell what remains valuable in my mind. But I took a screencast during the LAK conference, it is a nice memory for me.

Rita Kop is speaking about the PLENK research and there are two participants in the chat room (it is a fake, Viplav wasn’t there at this moment, he visited on the first day but I could take the photo because the chat wasn’t used after that). Rita in Canada, Viplav in India and me in Finland.



In this post I continue only one topic more.

Erik Duval spoke in the LAK conference about the Quantified Self. He was worried about the situation: It is possible to follow so much about our living that it is dangerous. How to use all data for benefit of people, not to spy or control. It is an ethical question really. Awareness about one’s learning is the key. All people are not conscious about their doings, and misusing data could be very easy.

I listened to some videos on Vimeo from Quantified Self Amsterdam, Glenn Wolters and Jeroen Bos presenting a project Lifelapse. They offer tools for knowing your own mind and body, timelapse your life anywhere. They used a concept digital subconscious for extending human mind. I feel confused, really! Where are we going with all this data?