#Edmooc Digital Artifact.

I wanted a digital artifact that was a souvenir of my #edcmooc journey - a record of this extraordinary MOOC learning event. which has taken me down a new track. The timeline fitted the bill as a living document which I will continue to add to.

The timeline is explores how edcmooc worked as a learning experience; to formulate course ideas, discuss themes, connect through digital communication methods and web tools and plan forward. ;xNLx;;xNLx;I divided my Timeline into Course Content and Experience. You can navigate the timeline by using the ruler at the bottom or clicking on the first post and navigating through with the arrows at the bottom of the page. I hope you enjoy it.

2013-01-28 00:00:00

#Edcmooc Journey Begins

Linda tells me about Mooc today after we happened to be talking about e-learning - can't believe a course like this exists out of University of Edinburgh. Already a Scottish fan due to Grandmother. Sign up along with 41,000+ others for my first MOOC.

2013-01-29 00:00:00

Week 1 Utopia or Dystopia

Technological Determinism says that technology is not a ‘tool’ - drives change and creates society, not the other way around. Videos painted a dystopic scene. Prensky's Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants article got me thinking about redundant metaphors. (click Find out more)

2013-01-31 00:00:00


Distracted with metaphors and thinking of a framework for educators to monitor technology by assessing internet metaphors relevance grasping a toehold on fast growing technology that runs on and picks consequences up later. Time restraints set me scampering back to Week 3..Click to Robertsons article

2013-02-01 00:00:00

First MOOC Hangout

Brilliant - provided direct connection with UoE Teaching team and set the course outline in context. I wonder if everyone friended the team members like I did wherever I saw them? Tangible connection with teacher?

2013-02-04 00:00:00

Technological Fast Track

From Tech Cautious to setting up Blog, Google+, Facebook, Twitter. Timeconsuming but beneficial. Made learning experience alive connecting with others. Google+ and Twitter were favorites and I liked blogging.. Determined to focus on course resources with time restraints. Click find out more to get to My Blog.

2013-02-05 00:00:00

Week 2 Future Shock

Great videos evoked despairing dystopic views of the future. Day of Glass a sterile dystopic advertorial, Sight a creepy prophecy of gamification gone mad. Charlie 13 ressurrecting hope in humanity. Robertsons article on Metaphor challenges us to take care when selecting internet metaphors and not to be constrained by them.

2013-02-08 00:00:00

Glasses Turn a Shade of Rose Amidst Dystopia

Charlie 13 turned me. It takes a while to download but glad I did. Was negative about dystopia but Charlie 13 reminded me of the human spirit and capacity for independence and set the tone for me about the techological future and transhumanism and the resilience of humans. Click to My Blog

2013-02-11 00:00:00

Week 3 Human's in Ascendancy

Building on Charlie 13 some brilliant videos like the amazing Toyota, the Real Deal, Meat, World Builder. Here we considered that human nature and human ways of being may be under threat by technology, and that this has the potential to undermine the basis of our commitment to humanist ideas which underlie many educational philosophies and approaches to practice, such as equality, freedom and autonomy. Sense of humanity triumphing though.

2013-02-13 00:00:00


I loved doing this. Course set questions to which we all answered, sometimes retweeted, replied, favorited. Afterwards awesome chart showing what it looked like. Brilliant fun - felt very connected to peers here and part of something much bigger. Click more to see amazing graph of chat.

2013-02-14 00:00:00

Image Creation Competition

Loved this activity. Played with many web tools of varying complexity but a edcmooc friend said Keep it Simple. Used picmonkey.com . Here's mine to celebrate Valentines Day and awful Patrick out of the Sight video.

2013-02-15 00:00:00

Hanging Out with my Mooc'ers(2)

Another wonderful opportunity to engage with University of Edinburgh team and motiviation to catch up on readings etc to understand what Steve Fuller was saying about Humanity and other topics. The Edinburgh team are good at Hanging Out - very relaxed with them..

2013-02-16 00:00:00


Visualise, if you will, me on a mountain, trying desperately to get my phone to twitter to get my edcmooc twitterchat fix. Should have practised first ... GRRRRRR

2013-02-17 00:00:00

Hitting my Mooc Straps

A little behind but more in a rhythm and less frenetic about web tools and flicking around new digital sites. Loving some of the other things I have read.. Wish I could get a handle on GMT for the meetings. Am hearing completely foreign things now ref: Prof Steve Fuller on being human but some great blogs are helping me interpret. Struggled with his last sentence on how we have to help poor - didn't seem to reconcile with his presentation? Some say course time commitment needing to be reviewed if this course is run again – feel very relaxed about this. We are talking about a great learning adventure not honours and I feel privileged to be part of it….

2013-02-18 00:00:00

Week 4 Transhumansim

The notion of ‘the human’ as a category we can change according to a certain agenda, eg fairness, productivity etc.... We looked at transhumanism which hopes "that by responsible use of science, technology, and other rational means we shall eventually manage to become posthuman, beings with vastly greater capacities than present human beings have” N Bostrom Videos like Robbie (the humanlike robot) evoked emotion in some and Skin Deep... trying to blur the lines between technology and human. Very interesting conversations, forums this week. But it was the last video Avatar that made me really think about gaming and its impact.particularly on Youth. I only saw the bad before but there is some benefit and gaming is not going away

2013-02-22 00:00:00


My inital blogs oppose gaming having seen the bad side however my view is changing thanks to #edcmooc friends and Gabe Zichermann. This was reinforced by talking to my young gaming friends ths weekend and sharing some of my #edcmooc learnings around gamification. They really wanted to talk about this candidly. Many of them game secretly and play at high levels with their friends but are unable to share their achievements with adults, like me, who fear the unpleasant side we do not understand. I have subsequently had reports that they are actively talking about gamification amongst themselves and their parents - the good and the bad. When we take an oppositional stand we miss opportunities to hear. Zichermann had made pleas for us to understand connections that make gaming train the violent to be better at being violent and addiction and mitigate them. He also says gaming makes them smarter (and I do agree with that).

2013-02-22 00:00:00


2nd Brilliant Twitterchat formalised through pre issued questions then we all join in with an opportunity to review chat later. No idea why these full on mildly disjointed discussions are so invigorating. This time about transhumanism. Click to see Mark Smiths visual of Twitterchat ..

2013-02-24 00:00:00

Transhumanism Out Gamification In

Loved the discussions, around Transhumanism. A revelation on gaming reminded me of the seemingly infiinite capacity of humans to learn and adapt. Now enquiring on gaming's use in education rather than oppositional. Click to my blog on this.

2013-02-25 00:00:00

Digital Artifact

Over the last few weeks have been thinking about Digital Artifact and decided upon a timeline. Think Tiki-Toki is beautiful. Timeline will allow me to build on what #edcmooc has started in my timeline. Ideas on metaphors and gamification are fascinating. have spent too much time on this but it is meaningful for me.

2013-02-27 00:00:00


Serendipitous timing of #edcmooc changes my course, have been accepted today to do a Postgraduate Study in E-Learning to explore some of the issues I have found fascinating (gamification and metaphors) Thank you #edcmooc community. Click to why we should sometimes follow instinct not rational..

#Edmooc Digital Artifact.

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