edcMooc artefact: Intersections

Intersections – the edcMooc community is made up of individuals with different needs and interests.  Here, in edcMOOC, their lives somehow intersect with each other, and create a vibrant community.  How the lines or sticks drop and pile up determine the strength of connectedness, and eventually, if the connections fuse with each other, it becomes an organic connection rather than just piles of lines or sticks.  This piece of wall installation is by Sol Lewitt.  (photo taken by T.Meckenstock in Aug 2013, at Mass MOCA, USA) Please move your mouse over the image to see links.

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  1. Phil Devine February 8, 2013 at 2:59 pm #

    This image really begins highlight the possibilities of DATA mapping – what is hiding in learner activity? What knowledge will be uncovered when data is visualised big scale?

    • Chantelle Meckenstock February 8, 2013 at 3:39 pm #

      Phil, thanks for your comments. I do prefer this to the mindmapping concept with neuron-like shapes. I think the latter assumes that things will naturally grow out of each neuron, but in reality , there is a lot of work involved in making a community work. In the case of Moocs, the concept of connectivism, where knowledge can be found everywhere, from different individuals/sources. The starting point is more like Sol Lewitt’s lines as seen above, and then it can move on to the more ‘growth-like’ metaphors.

      I also think that Sol Lewitt’s work says something about transliteracy, because he always starts from the very basic in art which I guess are these lines, shapes and primary colours. With just these, he has produced with many designs. Any multimodal work, must surely be built from the very basic and then augmented, and added with other modality.

      • Julia Beck February 11, 2013 at 1:43 am #

        Thanks Chantelle for this visually stimulating artefact. So much to learn, so many exciting tools to understand and work with :)

  2. cmeckenstock February 11, 2013 at 7:44 am #

    Thank you, Julia. Indeed there is so many new tools out there to use. This is my first attempt with thinglink and I was surprised to find that it can be such an effective tool. However, I think the key to thinglink is the image one chooses. I was lucky to have visited Sol Lewitt’s exhibition at Mass MOCA at New England in the summer and took loads of pictures. And edcMooc students like yourself have created some really inspiring work, which I could link them to the image. Without these data and content, the overall effect would have been very different.

  3. Giraf87 February 11, 2013 at 9:06 am #

    What a great example of collaborative work. Very inspiring, thanks.

  4. Candace Nolan-Grant February 12, 2013 at 1:22 pm #

    I really liked the use of lines and intersections–rather rhizome-ish! It struck me as a very good example of curatorship–obviously much more than being a ‘digital librarian’.

  5. Steph Carr February 17, 2013 at 8:05 pm #

    I think this is a great artefact. It’s visually very appealing and this really tempts people in. The pulling together, and display, of lots of digital artefacts was, to me, a very apposite response given so many people were struggling with the concept.

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