http://youtu.be/aXV-yaFmQNkWhether It’s Young People...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCJ6SvFB32Q Or Older Generations
New Media Ecology Realities• Media & gadgets are everywhere• Internet = center of the revolution• Easy communication• Anywhere & anytime• Multitasking = norm• More change to come • (Raine, 2007) Flickr photo c/o of Dryicon
Technological Determinism 101We live in a culture saturated with the idea thattechnologies are, effectively, things in themselves, inspite of the fact that they arise from and are utilizedand therefore given meaning within particular socialand cultural contexts. We tend to see technologies interms of their “thingness” – their shiny gadget glory –rather than in terms of the affordances or actionpossibilities they enable in different societalsituations. This separation of thing from context andpossibility leads to determinism, or the belief thatmachines have the capacity to act on us and do thingsto us in and of themselves.~ Bonnie Stewart a.k.a. @bonstewarthttp://theory.cribchronicles.com/2013/01/30/connected-learning-getting-beyond-technological-determinism/
What the MOOC?“Precision-built MOOCs challenge the assumption that students need to cometo a campus to interact with resident faculty in order to acquire the knowledgeand skills necessary for credentialing. They therefore have the potential toundermine the dominant role that campus-based educational institutions havehad as exclusive providers of knowledge and credentials. As competition withMOOCs increases, they will face the following dilemma: Should they competewith MOOC-based curricula head-to-head, or should they begin to assimilateMOOCs into their traditional, residency-based curriculum? On one hand, forthose institutions without the cachet of being highly selective, participation inthe for-profit MOOC model is problematic: acting as a talent broker foremployers would likely siphon away talented, potential degree-seekingstudents. It would be great for employers and for students who are qualified totransition into good jobs, but not so great for institutions that depend oncultivating and retaining residential talent.~ James G. Mazoue, EDUCAUSE Quarterly
BE REAL! “You never saw so many phonies in all your life, everybody smoking their ears off and talking about the play so that everybody could hear and know how sharp they were.” ~Holden Caulfield, Catcher in the Rye