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#edcmooc My Digital Artefact: Accept me as I am


If the time comes... the time is now!

If the time comes when our culture tires of endless homicidal feuds, despairs of the use of force and war as a means of bringing peace, becomes discontent with the half lives that it’s members are living, only then will our culture seriously look for alternatives... When that time comes they will not find a void...They will find that there are ways of being that do not involve power over persons and groups. They will discover that harmonious community can be built on the basis of mutual respect and enhanced personal growth. (Carl Rogers, A Way of Being)

I was really moved seeing this, so thanks to Temenos for the reminder, as part of their promotion for 'Going Global, a celebration of 20 years (in October) of their person-centred educational enterprise. More details of what looks like a fantastic set of events here.

#edcmooc E-learning and Digital Cultures Week 3 - Defining Humanity

Week 3 hinges around a talk by Steve Fuller, a sociologist from Warwick University, who talks about the project of 'humanity' through the ages and shows how 'humanity' has been rejected by a number of contemporary critiques.

Steve starts by saying it is difficult to define what it is to be human - where does the dividing line between apes and humans begin and end, for instance. Suggests that the project of 'Humanity' is not good for all humans - so post 18th century we have ideas of raising the overall level of humanity.

Contemporary arguments against the project of humanity:
Foucault, Death of Man (1966) - 'humanity', as something we might choose to do, is a symptom of us exotic apes suffering a kind of God Delusionpost-modern critique, anti-humanists say that the beneficiaries of 'humanity' are hegmonic white, male, anglo-saxon...neo-liberal and neo-conservative - humanity costs too much and delivers too little - what benefit has it given in th…

Google is your friend

Or so the Internet would have you believe. In fact, GIYF as an acronym is used to rebuff so-called 'stupid' questions:

There are also RTFM, which is a pre-Internet version (read the fucking manual) and the one that brought this subject to my attention, LMGTFY - or let me Google that for you.

And, actually, I don't much like the haughty sarcasm of somebody asking a legitimate question and being sneered at for it, but... I quite like lmgtfy and the way it shows the search terms being found, quite helpful, I thought - and I can see a potential use in showing people how different search terms can bring different kinds of results. It doesn't have to say 'was that so hard' at the bottom, though. On reflection, perhaps it is too sarcastic, after all!

Anyway, try it here:

#edcmooc E-learning and Digital Cultures

I'm really grateful to Jeremy Knox, Sian Bayne, Hamish Macleod, Jen Ross and Christine Sinclair - the team at the University of Edinburgh who put this course together and opened it up to the world. If you don't know by now, a MOOC is a massive open online course and this particular one explores how digital cultures and learning cultures connect, and what this means for e-learning theory and practice. I haven't posted here for the last three months, as life has been happening in quite a glorious and chaotic way and my focus has been elsewhere - however, I put time aside over the weekend to catch up on what I'd missed so far on the MOOC and realised that it's half-way through already...

So, here's a rule for taking MOOCS: start when the course starts - being online and non-compulsory, it's too easy to prioritise other things, but if you're going to learn anything you need to engage fully. Lesson learnt for me, but at least I have the last half of the cou…