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Coursera e-learning part II

This week brings some new videos about the future (and the dangers it brings). I’ve seen some of the videos before. I just don’t buy most of the stuff; nevertheless some of those have an interesting point.

The first one is interesting since it represents “damage control” being handled by people from the future.

The second one talks about exclusion of certain “rebels”. The story is not exactly clear but the red line of the movie is about free will.

This one talks about the positive aspects of modern technology (raising productivity, scheduling, efficiency etc). I like this one though I strongly believe that human kind will find a way to become even lazier/more stupid by using these devices/concepts.

 

This week’s essay is about … metaphors. The abstract of the essay goes like this:

People use metaphors routinely to express their thoughts regarding the Internet’s nature and potential. In a study of editorials over a three month period, writers used metaphors of physical space, physical speed, salvation, and destruction to describe the Internet. We need to understand what these metaphors imply and how they impact the Internet’s future.

Haven’t read it yet (you can get it here). I hope it goes better than the one last week :)

Coursera e-learning

So I was told by the info in this course I should blog or twit or do something to talk about the e-learning course that’s just opened on coursera. At first one might say it has nothing to do with my research but on the other hand we’re about to finish a course with the exact same name at our Faculty (read the desc of our course here) and I was wondering if I can learn something new which I can bring to our class next year. The first week of the course started okay with few short movies about the impact the internet-informationtech-thingie has on our lives. Okay, great, let’s think about that for a second and move on later. The artistic approach some of the movies had was something new to me but I’m open for that kind of things.

Some of the movies I’ve watched during 1st week

The instructions proceeded with an essay which went into completely different, philosophical direction. For those of you why want to make your own opinion, here’s the link: click!

There is some more about the technological aspect; nevertheless, the story still largely reflects the fears about the integration of new technologies into the studying process instead of seeing all the possibilites.

 

I definitely haven’t expected or percepted the concept of e-learning so sociological. Instead I hoped for a deeper explanation and interpretation of methodologies and concepts that are useful in this new environment since I work at the Faculty for computer and information science.

We’ll see where this goes in few weeks. Until then I might blog once or twice just to make sure there’s a (my) critical view of the ongoing course. :)

 

Please feel free to respond to my view with your own. What does the “e-learning” mean to you? How do you feel about the technology which became deeply involved in our lives? Are you concerned about e-stuff or do you feel that it could benefit us?