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.

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.