Adventures in E-Learning and Digital Culture

Patrick Lucks Out in Valentine Challenge – #edcmooc competiton February 14, 2013

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Patrick Lucks Out in Valentine Challenge - Week 3 #edcmooc competiton

I disliked Patrick in great Sight Vimeo so took revenge for Daphne and all the others blighted by this Gaming creep. (Link for vimeo in Week 2 review) First go at web tools. Link at if you want to comment or vote on edcmooc competition.


Week 2 Future Shock & the Resistance Movement. #edcmooc

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I covered Day Made of Glass on this blog. That and Productivity Future Vision are slick advertorials designed to appeal to their target market, the consumer of their products and services – to them the presentations predictably epitomise a technological Utopia – clean, slick and streamlined designed to make life easier and happy (both included nuclear family happy technical times).  To the edcmooc student the presentations throw up a dystopic world shadowed with issues such as quality of educative software, one dimensional teaching, privacy, restricted availability, likely to those who can afford it and so on.

Day Made of Glass

Productivity Future Vision


Very well made Dystopia that, for me, drew heavily on the serious gamer dichotomy separating what is real and what is not and where does the game end?  I could, however, only imagine Daphne being a Cyborg purchased or won online by creepy, gestapo gamer, Patrick.

“Gratification theory” would ask, “to whom would the technology in “Sight” be useful to?”  It would have to be compelling for people to agree to have technology inserted into their heads, even for power crazy gamers.  The trade-off, on face value, is being in a perpetual gaming state – no thanks.  And would gamers do it?  There is always the threat that someone will be more powerful and you the subservient or loser.  Would they be comfortable with public disclosure of their personal online information?

Hardwired head aside, how could someone manipulate an individual’s free will on the first date?  (unbalanced relationships can develop over time).  I am confident the human’s free will to choose would overrule hardware in the head and the gestapo accent.

Daphne would just keep walking, block him and report him to the software company unless, as stated earlier, she is a Cyborg.

Charlie 13

Covered in a separate blog.  (Be prepared for slow upload)


Another dystopic video showing a disturbing DNA identification system giving full surveillance powers to the authorities.  The hope are the Time Travellers who return as duplicates of existing people to warn the past of the path they are taking and their persistence in spite of a controlling authority who wants to stop their message.  You have to ask why they would not listen unless there was a darker motive.  Crime control seems to be the motivation for people to participate, as in Charlie 13, again the consequences feel sinister.   Plurality!


Competition threw my time frame out and have been left behind for now.  Problem was upskilling on the tools.  I had little background in this.  Loved how the #edcmooc community helps us!  Someone composed a long list of good web tools… but that was another diversion.  Agree that the time commitment for the course should be extended but it doesn’t matter because this is an enjoyable experience.  First Tweet chat last night – was worth hanging around until 1 am for.  So learning a lot technically and also reflecting a lot on the human response to technology after reading/viewing week 2 and feeling positive.


Charlie 13 – Humanity the Antidote to Dystopia #edcmooc February 13, 2013

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My favourite Week 2 video highlighted, for me, the distinction between Utopia, Dystopia and Real.   The hope is in Charlie’s ability to reject his dystopic world with its internal chips and control.  Charlie has to choose between the Father and “real world” beyond the fence and Mother and “part of something bigger” which is “safe”, an oppressive and controlling system.  Charlie’s intuitive feeling is that this is not the way things were meant to be and his regular, illegal trips to the fence to spot deserters show his vision is turned away from the system.

The serendipitous series of events line up to strengthen Charlie’s resolve to reject his controlling world; a gift of his Father’s Compass the night before his coming of age – Mother explains a compass is – “how people used to find their way home” he turns to look at the photo of him and his Dad; then seeing his Father beyond the wall after believing him dead, “I have been watching over you for your whole life ..”.   These point Charlie to choose to opt out of the system and take his chances over the fence with Dad – not to utopia but to a real world.

Left behind is Emma, Mum.   After a lonely night drinking herself to sleep on the couch, she is woken by her phone alerting her to Charlie.  She finds his chip bloody on the bench.   She loves her son but believes the system is the safest way for them.  She has doubts when the system deems Charlie and his best friend incompatible, and when the policeman refers to her husband.  These, her love for Charlie and knowledge of her husband’s survival over the fence might push her over too?  Alternatively she might hook up with the “call me Will” policeman?

Reminded me of  The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, again where youthful courage, hope and character shine above a warped, controlling system.  Humanity seems to be the best inoculation against Dystopian terrors.


A Day Made in Glass or a One Way Mirror February 8, 2013

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A Day Made of Glass is unashamedly Utopian; an advertorial expounding benefits of Corning glass in enhancing the viewers’ seamless, smooth, clean future. Clearly designed for company stakeholders.

The video’s PR intent explains the superficiality of it’s treatment of technology; the children’s learning experience; in the classroom – a highly, exciting visual (only) feast of colour albeit one dimensional learning; in the forest – an exciting add-on connecting with the past and a useful interface identifying flora on-site, later viewed at home has potential; in the hospital – a wonderful cross border tool for diagnosis.

For me, Dystopia lurks around Technology. Highly e-reliant learning depends on the availability of technology and accessibility of internet. Many elderly, illiterate and those who CHOOSE not to conform will be excluded. What are the implications of exclusion and can this be manipulated?

And what about privacy? Ethics around privacy are playing catch up with technological advancement. Social networks already capitalise on our digital information. New technology accumulates more information making our lives as transparent to the viewer as a one way mirror. Who is looking in and can we draw the curtains?


E-Learning and Digital Cultures (EDC) Week one February 4, 2013

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Hi everybody,

My first trial post on my blog page to see if it is working.

I’m starting with Week 1 of the E-Learning and Digital Cultures but have really spent the quantum of time setting up google+ and this blogspot as opposed to getting into content.  Both vessels provide entertainment and interest as I read the many interesting contributions however I have now decided to focus on course notes and then join the discussion (since I may then have something meaningful to say)!

All the best to anyone who reads this … onwards…