First week and first aproach: the challenge of recognize the own point of view #edcmooc

Already by end of week 1 of the MOOC, “E-learning and Digital Cultures”. Three aspects seem very important to me:

1. The dynamism and contributions from participants. Prior to the start of the MOOC, community participants vividly was involved in different spaces: Facebbok, Twitter, Diigo, Google+, Whish list, Google Docs with course map. People from around the world faced and share your interests, expectations, attempts to organize, synchronous dialogue proposals via Twitter chat, group organization to read, Quad blog (finally I published!). And this spaces continues alive… and fresh, and useful. Appealing to the collective intelligence to build, also brief advice from various angles in the synchronous session.

2. The proposal to reflect on Utopias (desirable for social welfare, dreams) and dystopias (undesirability, which would lead to discomfort) related to the uses and practices mediated by technological tools, digital media technologies. Probing the imagination of the participants, from videos, exercise analyzing situations and be aware of technological determinism (in multiple senses), which we usually refer without giving much consideration.

3. Technological determinism, lenses we use many times without realizing it when talking about education, learning and virtuality. In referring to the “technology” in general and as a thing, with some autonomy (one is understood, does things … makes us do things). I agree more with the non-neutrality: the artifact and digital media have characteristics and ideological implications in its design, operation and practices, in a socio cultural context. Loved Postman’s contribution to speak of them as metaphors for conceptualizing reality, to shape information, to frame, highlight… Also, like Jensen named as affordances, certain practices facilitate and constrain others. Key questions: What practices are developed in what social context? What uses of technology, for what purpose, who develops, what gives power? This reading of Chandler gives elements for a critical look at our language and how to position ourselves to the phenomena of learning, education, virtual, network and digital media.

Network, flow space...A. Tanaka
Network, flow space…
A. Tanaka
Tomada del blog: Educación y Virtualidad.

And it is an open question, to complete: what utopias and dystopias is possible to identify when we talk about e-learning? I only point this:

  • Utopia: The network and the cyberspace allow us all to learn throughout life (and will conduct us to its benefits). This way of present the utopia has itself a deterministic component (the technological imperative and a trend to progress).
  • Dystopia: “The society of ignorance”, the internet and its practices difficult or impact negatively at learning (non neutral and fatalistic point of view). Can we analyze this utopias and dystopias and find aspects of true or data about practices and phenomena that we can observe?

What else can we add to the list? How to build a look that escape or be critical to detect variants of technological determinism in speeches, methodologies and practices (in counseling, working with teachers in a process of and about e-learning, in my own learning in the network)?

I´ll see you on the forum spaces!
(I hope my English will improve in every post!)

2 comentarios en “First week and first aproach: the challenge of recognize the own point of view #edcmooc

  1. Hola! Well too many things every week to debate! I like how you present the ideas of the first week, very clear and easy to see the principal idea.
    The open question is a very good chance to create de debate and to help for the comments 😉
    In my opinion, (you would see soon in my blog) as a Utopia, I think that it brings to us the opportunity to learn and research different ways, contents, methods, authors… Ilimited opportunities to learn. But, to take advance of all of it you should have a good critical thinking and digital tools. Because, if you not, you take the risk of be apart of all of it.
    Creo que es una gran oportunidad para la democratización y anarquismo del aprendizaje, donde todas las corrientes de pensamiento son válidas. Hay que perfilar bien la formación en nuevas tecnologías y desarrollar un buen pensamiento crítico para poder usar todas estas herramientas con utilidad y no caer en blogs de opinión que pueden llevar al dogmatismo o al empobrecimiento.
    Con los #edmoocs entramos en la nueva era del aprendizaje y de las tecnologías. Aprovechemos este movimiento para colaborar activamente en este cambio y aportar nuestras ideas para la mejora de éste.

    • ¡Hola Susana! Gracias por tu comentario, por los ánimos y por aportar esta utopía y distopía… son paradojas… Acabo de revisar el video de Charly 13, frases como “pertenecer a algo más grande”, “estar seguro”, “todo el mundo te observa” y las alusiones al control, vigilancia y disposición de información (historia familiar, cuentas monetarias…) en la misma persona, aluden a la distopía del control máximo sobre las libertades, a la utopía de la estabilidad social y la seguridad, el orden. Te leo pronto en tu blog, ¡saludos!


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