OpenEducation MOOC – Open University

Last week I completed the EDCMOOC which was presented by the University of Edinburgh on Coursera.org. What an incredible experience. I can honestly state that I enjoyed participating in the learning experience from communicating with other participants, joining in the discussions and even creating my own little digital artefact for evaluation at the end of the course.

I am currently busy with my Phd studies and I did worry that I will not get to everything every week, but I found the time I allocated to the MOOC was more than enough to get things done.

Now that we reached the end of the MOOC I found myself searching for something to fill that gap!

Last night I was invited to participate in the MOOC that will be presented by the Open University and will begin in March 2013.

The course will be presented at a Masters level and I believe this will ensure that we will not get bored half way through. The time allocation is also a lot higher than other MOOCs but I do think this is more realistic. The seven week course bring together students who are studying the Open University Masters-level course H817 Openness and Innovation in eLearning (this course is one the blocks of that course) and open, informal Learners.

More information from the website:

The course operates an activity-based pedagogy, so within each week there will be approximately four activities: in these you will typically be expected to read some material (or view some other media), perform an activity and create a short blog post. It is through the process of sharing the outputs of these activities through blogs and forums, and reflecting on the experience of other learners that learning occurs for much of this course. We will look at pedagogy associated with open learning in Week 5.
The course is set out week by week as many learners prefer to structure their study this way and, particularly for an open course, it helps to coordinate discussion. But it is not essential that you study it in this manner. If your other commitments mean you have to work ahead sometimes or need to catch up, this is fine – there is a lot of flexibility built into the structure of the course. The course is aimed at a postgraduate, Masters level, with the expectation of approximately 16 hours of study each week. However, the informal learners may choose to select only some of the activities in any given week.


The topics you will study in the coming weeks are:
• Week 1: Openness in education
• Week 2: Open education resources
• Week 3: Moving beyond OER
• Week 4: MOOCs
• Week 5: Pedagogy in open learning
• Week 6: Operating in an open world
• Week 7: Conclusion

I have already enrolled in this course and hope you will join me!
To register click on this link! http://www.open.edu/openlearn/education/open-education/content-section-0
 

Youtube ‘n Toevlugsoord – EdenExpress – JuicyBrain

Ongelukkig lewe ons in ’n tyd waar geweld en slegte nuus die beste verkoper is. Na ’n lang dag van werk, kom jy sleepvoet by die huis aan, sit die televisie aan en jy word gebombardeer deur geweld, slegte nuus en dan het jy nog nie eens die nuus gekyk nie.

Die afgelope paar maande het ek begin opmerk hoe meer en meer van my vriende snaakse videotjies van Youtube vir my stuur. So ook word snaakse videotjies op ander sosiale netwerke daagliks gedeel en sodra jy na een gekyk het, voel jy sommer beter.

Vandag wil ek net oor Youtube skryf. Het jy onlangs gaan rondkyk op Youtube? Indien nie, kry ’n paar uur dié naweek en begin deur na www.youtube.com te gaan. Tik dan iets soos, “funny” in die soekkas. Jy sal dadelik ’n paar honderd resultate sien kies een van die videos wat vir jou snaaks klink volgens die beskrywing.

Ná die video se einde sal jy ’n skerm sien met ’n hele paar videos wat die stelsel vir jou voorstel om te kyk. Jy hoef dus nie eers verder te gaan soek vir nog snaaksies om jou dag mee op te kikker nie kliek en skater voort! Ek kan jou verseker jou gemoed sal lig en na die tyd sal jy sommer stukke beter voel.

Onthou dat jy baie bandwydte gaan gebruik, dus moet jy dit nie noodwendig op jou 3G of op jou selfoon aanpak nie.

Jy sal ook vind dat die tyd vlieg en voor jy jouself kan kry, is ’n uur of twee verby en jy voel ’n ander mens.

Ons moet meer lag, en ’n goeie plek om te begin is op Youtube.

Final Assignment – Digital Artefact – EDCMOOC

My view of the future of education is to greatest extent utopian. I cannot see why we need to fear the future and the way in which technology will integrate into our daily lives.

The way in which education has evolved and the way that it has shaped around us as knowledge beings is quite fascinating to me. The use of technology to enhance learning and teaching experience is at the centre of everything in my view.
The use of technology especially when using augmented reality will play a major role in the future of education.

Just think how we can augment static media into fully fledged learning resources. Not only resources – but resources that engage the learner.
In this video clip it is clear that augmented reality can enhance printed media to the extent that video, audio, and other graphics can be incorporated into the printed resource.
 

The use of augmented reality in training situations may change the way we experience learning. The ability to go on a road-trip without leaving the classroom, virtually walking around inside a microscopic cell or even walking around on a battle ground and being able to view the battle will have benefits that I cannot begin to imagine. If you are able to experience history in such a manner will it not be like traveling back in time? The list of possibilities is endless.

I many that see augmented reality apps believe that this is something that will be available in a few years or even decades but many of these apps are available now. The thought of these applications being enhanced and of it being implemented on a greater scale can only be limited by your imagination.

The following videos show some of the applications that are available at this very moment.
 

We have incredible students! We have incredible technologies available now, and we will see great advances in technology in the future. We need to embrace these technologies, enhance and improve mash up, remix and ENJOY our ability to add value to the learning experience of our students.
As human beings we have a thirst for new knowledge, gaining access to this new knowledge can be gained in a fun, informative and innovative way.

Reflect on how you think education will benefit from advances being made in augmented reality and if or how you think this may enhance and improve teaching and learning in the future.
 

TWITTER: NET ’N GERAAS? EdenExpress – JuicyBrain

Waar verkeer jy sosiaal op die web? Is jy op Facebook, Twitter, App.net, Google Plus, YouTube, LinkedIn, Friendfeed of een van die honderde ander sosiale netwerke wat vandag beskikbaar is?

Dit is deesdae baie moeilik om te weet waar om te fokus. Indien jy aan meer as een netwerk behoort, is dit maklik vir jou om programmetjies te gebruik om jou boodskappe op meer as een te pos, maar dan verloor jy ’n mate van interaksie met jou “vriende” en “volgelinge”. Om ’n groot netwerk te bou is nie so moeilik as jy iets het om te sê nie, maar indien jy werklik interaksie wil stimuleer, sal jy ‘n netwerk moet kies waar jy jou fokus plaas.

Ek het oral profiele, op al wat ’n netwerk is, maar ek het gevind dat Twitter nie veel meer as ’n klomp geraas is nie. Jy skree na die wêreld en hopelik luister iemand en skree terug, maar dit kan verlore gaan tussen al die geraas. Facebook is vir my ’n plek waar ek elke nou en dan kan gaan kyk wat my vriende aanvang en dit het ’n goeie netwerk geword om met jou direkte vriende kontak te hou. ’n Wonderlike netwerk vir jou professionele profiel is LinkedIn en ek kan dit sterk aanbeveel.

Ek begin ook hou van Google Plus en kry so ’n gevoel dat ons nog wonderlike dinge van dié netwerk sal sien.

’n Nuwe alternatief tot Twitter is nou beskikbaar en hierdie week het ek aangesluit om te sien wat dit bied. Besoek www.app.net. Twitter het vir baie mense ’n geraas geword en app.net is ’n betaalopsie; dus beperk dit die geraas. Ek sal in ’n volgende rubriek oor ’n maand of twee skryf oor my ervaringe met app.net.

Soek goedkoop data – EdenExpress – JuicyBrain

Hoe kry jy toegang tot die Internet? Gebruik jy 3G? Het jy deur Telkom ’n ADSL-lyn by jou huis?

Ek vra maar net omdat ek sien die pryse van ADSL is besig om drasties te val en ek dink dat dit dalk tyd kan wees vir jou om te gaan kyk na wat jy tans betaal en watter nuwe spesiale aanbiedinge beskikbaar is. Ek wil voorstel dat jy definitief kyk na die uncapped opsies wat nou aangebied word. Die prys van data het aansienlik geval en alhoewel die prys van 3G-data nog baie moet sak, het die pryse van data wat jy by jou huis kan kry heel bekostigbaar geword.

Hoe moet jy te werk gaan om te sien of jy dalk moet oorskakel na ’n ADSL-lyn by jou huis? Kyk hoeveel data elke lid van jou gesin per maand gebruik en wat dit jou kos. ’n Vriend van my het in Januarie ’n verrassing gekry toe sy nuwe tablet 1 GB data gebruik en dit hom R1 500 gekos het. ’n Uncapped ADSL-diens kan onder R500 per maand kos, indien nie heelwat minder nie, afhangende van die spoed wat jy kies.

Ek besef dat ons deesdae daarvan hou om op enige tyd en plek toegang tot die internet te hê, maar ek dink dis belangrik dat ons moet somme maak as dit by ons data kom. Ons kan die aflaai van groter lêers uitstel tot in die aand. Dalk foto’s op- of aflaai as ons by die huis is.

Doen ’n oudit by die huis en kyk waar jy kan bespaar. Data is deesdae goedkoop as jy die regte verskaffer gebruik. Daar is baie opsies beskikbaar, jy moet net gaan rondkyk.

Week 2 of the EDC MOOC – E-learning and Digital Cultures MOOC #edcmooc

This is week 2 of the eLearning and Digital Cultures Course on Coursera, and I love every bit of content that it being presented. I try to work though it on the Monday, share my ideas on Monday afternoon, and I can only hope that by Tuesday, when others read it, it makes as much sense to them as it made to me here in my little office typing away.

If there is one think I know, it is that the future is truly unpredictable. If we look to the past and the way the future was seen back then… well we do not all own flying cars now do we?
I honestly enjoyed both the first two videos. I did not expect that the video by a glass company would make more sense to me than a video by Microsoft, but it did.
 

I was quite amazed by the first video. One tends to forget what a vital role glass will play in our future technologies. This is the time to buy shares in glass companies. I do not know if all these technological advances would be accessible to all but would it not be incredible if we all had these gadgets.

The use of technology in the classroom, will truly engage the learners if only the lecturer would use it in a way that actually involves students. I find that even though a lot of technology is already available in classrooms lecturers tend to forget that they are tools to enhance the learning experience and not take over the teacher’s role. It is still up to the teacher to apply these technologies in a way that will stimulate learning and awaken curiosity in the learner, to the extent that the student will want to learn, will want to search for new ideas and would want to use these resources to create their own learning environment.

In the video the students engage with the world through their gadgets and these gadgets engage them to the extent that they share their learning experience at home with mom…with popcorn and everything… a true learning experience that was so engaging that the knowledge became part of the student.

In “Sight”, the gamification aspect of daily life is predicted, and for some reason I almost want to believe that this is what will happen. Maybe not with everybody but I am sure it will be with teens. I hate to think that this is our future. I just hope that the ability to understand and read body language will not be taken over completely by apps. Great twist at the end!

The impact that technological advances will have on the way we learn and also the way we teach will be less disruptive than many would think. The major moves as I see it is the move OUT of the classroom.

Ubiquitous learning, learning where you are and when you need it. Access to content should be wherever you are. Educational resources created by the greatest lecturers in the world and those resources available to all.

I agree with Sharky, Education is currently broken, but not to the extent that it cannot be fix by just changing a few things. Charge for the qualification and not for the information. Make the information available and those who would like to be certified let them pay and get the qualification. Move it to a model where you engage with the content where and when you want and when you believe you have mastered the information, let you also be the one to decide when you want to take the test or exam to see if indeed you did master the content.

Open Education means different things to different people and many of the argument are correct even if they differ completely. To me Open Education is when you are able to access knowledge free of charge, make it your own at a time, place and pace that best suit you. Knowledge should not be owned. Knowledge should be available to all that desire it. As I said previously; Charge for the qualification, and not for the information/education.

Open Education may very well change the world we live in and enhance the lives of so many.

I could say loads more, but I think I would rather stop here.
 

ALMAL IS FOTOGRAWE EdenExpress JuicyBrain

Ons het almal fotograwe geword. Fotografie was jare terug ’n stokperdjie vir die een of twee mense wat baie geld gehad het vir die beste toerusting en ook wat dit kon bekostig om films te ontwikkel en die foto’s te laat druk.

Ek onthou ’n paar oorsese reise waarvan ek tot vandag toe nie al die films ontwikkel het nie. Ek het heelwat geld gehad om die films te koop terwyl ek op reis was, maar toe ek terugkom in Suid-Afrika het ek net nie in daardie stadium genoeg geld gehad om alles te laat ontwikkel nie. Die films het natuurlik intussen tot niet gegaan.

Vandag het ons almal heeldag baie goeie kameras in ons hande. Feitlik al die nuwe selfone het ’n ongelooflike goeie ingeboude kamera en dit maak dat ons almal ons kreatiwiteit kan uitleef.

Programmetjies (apps) soos Instagram gee elkeen van ons die geleentheid om kreatiewe, oorspronklike kunswerke te skep. Ons kan oomblike in ons lewens vasvang en bewaar en dit met ons vriende deel sonder om te wag.

Alles gebeur feitlik onmiddellik. Jy neem ’n foto en stuur dit aan jou vriende. Ideaal hiervoor is natuulik ’n program soos What’s App of dalk BBM vir die van julle wat BlackBerry gebruik.

Webbladsye soos Facebook het ook reeds programme wat jy op jou foon kan installeer om jou foto’s maklik met jou vriende te deel. Die belangrikste om te onthou, is om nie jou foto’s almal op jou selfoon te hou nie. Jy moet dit iewers aflaai na ’n webblad of rekenaar. Jou foon is heeldag in jou hand en blootgestel aan groot gevare. Jy kan in ’n oogwink al jou foto’s verloor.

Geniet al die foto’s wat jy neem, laai dit op en deel dit, maar bewaar ook hierdie oomblikke deur veilig te wees.

Week one of the EDC MOOC – E-learning and Digital Cultures MOOC #edcmooc

The Internet can really level the playing field both in life and in education. Yes, I do know that we are not all online yet, but we are getting there.

As this is my first post for the #edcmooc I think it will be fitting for me to just introduce myself in this post that is specifically aimed at this course.

I am Nico Baird and this is my personal blog. I write a number of technology columns and post some of these columns here. I would love this space to be made up of everything I write and all my thoughts, ideas and even things I find online that inspire and direct me. In the past I have created blogs for various projects, but I believe that by focussing on only this one space I will be able to focus more on what I want to present and share.

I am a PhD student at the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, in South Africa. I am permanently employed at the Central University of Technology, Free State which is also located here in Bloemfontein as an Instructional Designer. For more general information please click on the About link at the top of the page.

I watched the videos of week one and I must admit I loved them. I honestly think that Inbox is a brilliant representation of how our lives have changed. It is easy to see positive and negative perspectives to this video, but I think that the positives really outweigh the negatives. We are now in a world where technology is really levelling the playing field. The girl not really liking the attention she was getting from the guy. Finding an anonymous method of communication to communicate with someone and then in the end finding that she actually likes the person she is communicating with. The bags is such an incredible way of representing our use of a medium like email or instant messaging to communicate with someone. Stripping away preconceptions and getting down to the communication between two individuals. Even in teaching the anonymity can be greatly advantageous.

From all four videos it is clear that technology is a huge part of our daily lives, there is no way of us ever escaping it. It is clear to me that we need to embrace technology for the good it can do, but we also need to be cautious that we do not depend on it too much. We should not allow it to take over our lives.
I must say I love technology, in life, in teaching, and in almost every aspect of my life, but I do realise I may become too dependent on it.

Well, this is my first post for #edcmooc, I am still finding my feet in this course and hope to interact more and even better in future posts.

#edcmooc
 

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