Nikki's E-learning and Digital Cultures site http://edc13.education.ed.ac.uk/nikkib Nikki's E-Learning and Digital Cultures site - part of the MSc in E-learning at the University of Edinburgh Thu, 30 May 2013 09:29:15 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.1 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.1 Tumblog Summary: The possibility space… http://edc13.education.ed.ac.uk/nikkib/2013/04/07/tumblog-summary-the-possibility-space/ http://edc13.education.ed.ac.uk/nikkib/2013/04/07/tumblog-summary-the-possibility-space/#comments Sun, 07 Apr 2013 19:22:20 +0000 Nikki Bourke http://edc13.education.ed.ac.uk/nikkib/?p=837 Posted in Week Twelve,Weekly Summaries

I write this summary with a mixture of sentiment. On the one hand, the finality of the exercise heralds the end of an interaction that has come to have a particular meaning in my life. On the other hand, I find that I am rejoicing in the wealth of knowledge and learning that the experience [...]

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I write this summary with a mixture of sentiment. On the one hand, the finality of the exercise heralds the end of an interaction that has come to have a particular meaning in my life. On the other hand, I find that I am rejoicing in the wealth of knowledge and learning that the experience has provided. Bittersweet to say the least…

I chose the title The possibility space as for me it is just that. It represents and embodies all that is possible, a constant reminder of the value in holding an open mind and the infinite horizons of learning faced during the twelve week period and more importantly, beyond.

EDC course content found me regularly at head-scratching or hair-pulling points, depending on the topic of the moment. I felt as though my understanding of digital culture and human/technology interaction had been ripped apart only to be re-aggregated. Having a technological cushion where ponderings, musings and frustrations could be aired helped when thoughts became skewed, clouded or juxtaposed.

The possibility space embraces and promotes the collection and creation of digital content for presentation in a wide variety of forms. The multimodal structure provided me with the freedom to express my learning through text, image or sound. My learning and confidence grew in tandem with the blog time progression.  This new confidence witnessed the birth of a cyborg sonnet and the consideration of Blue Peter staples in a new light.

The Tumblog structure includes features such as Tag and Category fields. These have given the space a particular shape and supported access to the blog content through entry points. Specific colour and icon choices reflect my personal preferences and customize the interface.

Although The possibility space was visible to any Earth bound soul the sense of community, created through weeks of solid interaction between a group, intimate in number, sometimes shrouded this public accessibility. I constantly reminded myself that a balance of caution alongside imagination was key in the creation of this learning collage.

The Tumblog is socially constructed, established upon the ethos of participant interaction, comment and feedback. The community element was integral as an indicator on my learning path. The vast majority of topics covered in EDC were new to me and so the interactive community was a way of testing theories and posing questions in a safe environment.

Throughout the twelve weeks I expanded my experience with new technologies. Two EDC projects which I created have been placed as site pages on my Tumblog; my MOOC inspired digital artefact [dystopian frequencies] and my micro-ethnography which focused on a Nirvana / Grunge rock You Tube community. The group aspect of the space widened our contact with a wide range of technologies and through these projects we could see the benefits and pitfalls of using the various platforms. Diversity in our platform choices only reflected the ever-changing landscape of EDC.

In the beginning I found it difficult to ‘see’ what the possibility space was for…the role that it had to play. It was only in experientially becoming part of the Tumblog that its functionality became clear.  For me, its greatest value lies in recognising not just the content element of my future learning but the subsequent  interpretation and redistribution of this.

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Week Twelve – Overview http://edc13.education.ed.ac.uk/nikkib/2013/04/07/week-twelve-overview/ http://edc13.education.ed.ac.uk/nikkib/2013/04/07/week-twelve-overview/#comments Sun, 07 Apr 2013 16:25:20 +0000 Nikki Bourke http://edc13.education.ed.ac.uk/nikkib/?p=794 Posted in Week Twelve,Weekly Summaries

  In the closing paragraph of my Week Eleven overview I wrote: “While there is a temptation to state that week Twelve of the Tumblog will be spent tying loose ends together I actually feel that this is the wrong way for me to view the remaining time.” In some respects it seems as though [...]

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In the closing paragraph of my Week Eleven overview I wrote:

While there is a temptation to state that week Twelve of the Tumblog will be spent tying loose ends together I actually feel that this is the wrong way for me to view the remaining time.

In some respects it seems as though I am generating more ends in place of tying up the ones already present.

Preparations abound for the final assignment…reading around my topic ‘The role and reason for the rhizome in e-learning’ will continue in the weeks ahead.

Time over the final week has been spent considering the role and reason of the Tumblog space. Considering community, multimodality and structure  I believe that this environment potentially shapes and impacts both the blog content its presentation.

I have found the use of the spiderweb useful as a metaphor for the intricate inter-weavings that the Tumblog constructs itself upon. Tags created through this week’s posts serve to fortify the interconnection of the space. Learning is on confined to one time or section but is  miscible in form. Due to the consistent topic overlap it does not feel like the ‘end’ of the Tumblog adventure. In fact, it is the submission date for the Tumblog is the marker, the signpost which signals the end of this part of my journey.

In preparation for this I had spent some time this week looking at my early posts and from these, reflection on the various routes that my mind has taken. I noticed that I had likened the embarkation on the Tumblog  to that of a journey. What may have begun with tentative slow moving wheels has gathered momentum to create the high speed, full-on, metal on metal explosive wheel spin of a rollercoaster!

 

 

 

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Rough terrain: Role and reason of the rhizome in e-learning http://edc13.education.ed.ac.uk/nikkib/2013/04/07/presentation-landscape-role-and-reason-of-the-rhizome-in-e-learning/ http://edc13.education.ed.ac.uk/nikkib/2013/04/07/presentation-landscape-role-and-reason-of-the-rhizome-in-e-learning/#comments Sun, 07 Apr 2013 16:12:26 +0000 Nikki Bourke http://edc13.education.ed.ac.uk/nikkib/?p=808 Posted in Week Twelve

I have spent some time over the past number of days considering how I will present my final assignment.The topic I hope to investigate for my final EDC assignment is the role and reason of the rhizome in e-learning. I am aware that as my reading on the subject continues over the coming weeks the route [...]

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I have spent some time over the past number of days considering how I will present my final assignment.The topic I hope to investigate for my final EDC assignment is the role and reason of the rhizome in e-learning. I am aware that as my reading on the subject continues over the coming weeks the route of the assignment will become clearer and subject to turns and bends…I have already spent some time reflecting on the landscape within which the assignment will sit.

I feel that it is important that the presentation of the assignment reflects the rhizomatic nature of the assignment itself. I had considered issuu already…I liked the way that the multiple pages are visible together as a [fragmented] thread and feel that such fragmentation will compliment the essence of the rhizome. It may well be the case that an alternative platform will support my aim better. Time will tell. What I am striving towards is the embodiment of the rhizome in the presentation platform itself.

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Tumblog: Reflection # 3 – Structure http://edc13.education.ed.ac.uk/nikkib/2013/04/07/tumblog-reflection-3-structure-2/ http://edc13.education.ed.ac.uk/nikkib/2013/04/07/tumblog-reflection-3-structure-2/#comments Sun, 07 Apr 2013 10:22:53 +0000 Nikki Bourke http://edc13.education.ed.ac.uk/nikkib/?p=767 Posted in Posthumanism,Week Twelve

The EDC course structure is designed as three blocks: popular cybercultures, virtual communities and posthumanism. This framework establishes the order in which the theory and concepts arising from the topics are approached, discussed and considered. This mapping of the topic is crucial in setting of a navigable route upon which the course journey may be [...]

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The EDC course structure is designed as three blocks: popular cybercultures, virtual communities and posthumanism. This framework establishes the order in which the theory and concepts arising from the topics are approached, discussed and considered. This mapping of the topic is crucial in setting of a navigable route upon which the course journey may be made.

How though does this mapping transfer onto the space that is Tumblog?  The properties and layout of the Tumblog promote interconnection of the blocks mentioned earlier.

I like the use of the spiderweb as a metaphor for my Tumblog. In the centre sits EDC and it is from this core that all of my posts have  seeded and sprawled. Each post sits as individual on its own silken thread but is integral in the make-up of the web as a whole.

This was not evident until a certain amount of the course content had been covered. Tagging allows for “the collection of information, the sense-making, the organisation of information through categorisation and the trading of detail and knowledge describe some of the essential processes of human intelligence.” (Merchant, 2007, p. 251) The tag is a powerful tool with which one may construct the stepping-stones of access through the blog space.

The category structure is an important gateway for user access through the blog. When deciding how to fragment my categories I felt that it would be beneficial to fork the division: blocks and weeks. Perhaps weeks or blocks would have been sufficient on their own but when the time came to decide on that section the spiderweb image still lingered in my mind and resulted in the inclusion of both.

The capacity for customization within the Tumblog is substantial. Although most of the group’s blogs looked alike for the majority of the semester it is only in the past fortnight that we have gone down the road of personalization through layout and image. The diversity of our imaginations and creativity is supported by the Tumblog structure.

  • Merchant, G. (2007) Mind the gap(s): discourses and discontinuity in digital literacies. E-Learning, Volume 4, number 3, 2007

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Tumblog: Reflection # 2 – Multimodality http://edc13.education.ed.ac.uk/nikkib/2013/04/07/tumblog-reflection-2-multimodality/ http://edc13.education.ed.ac.uk/nikkib/2013/04/07/tumblog-reflection-2-multimodality/#comments Sun, 07 Apr 2013 10:22:35 +0000 Nikki Bourke http://edc13.education.ed.ac.uk/nikkib/?p=744 Posted in Virtual Communities,Week Twelve

  “We have perceptions, thoughts and personalities (already shaped by other communications technologies) that are affected by the way we use the medium and the way it uses us.” (Rheingold, 1993)   The Tumblog platform encourages use of and experimentation in a wide range of modalities. This platform menu opens the gateway to imagination and [...]

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We have perceptions, thoughts and personalities (already shaped by other communications technologies) that are affected by the way we use the medium and the way it uses us.” (Rheingold, 1993)

 

The Tumblog platform encourages use of and experimentation in a wide range of modalities. This platform menu opens the gateway to imagination and creativity. Personal experience has shown that oftentimes the use of non-textual terrain helps to understand a topic / subject confused by the black and white offered by the parole. Stepping outside of text has at times felt that it carried with it a risk but a risk mimimized through the presence of community.

 

The experimental nature that the Tumblog has offered to me has had an impact on what I have learned and also how that learning has been shaped, content and form. Crucially, it has removed the fear of the multimodal, instilling a sense of adventure and curiosity as companions for future learning.

 

 

  • Rheingold, H. (1993) The virtual community: Homesteading on the electronic frontier. available: http://rheingold.com/books/ [accessed 06.04.2013]

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Tumblog: Reflection # 1 – Community http://edc13.education.ed.ac.uk/nikkib/2013/04/07/tumblog-reflection-1-community/ http://edc13.education.ed.ac.uk/nikkib/2013/04/07/tumblog-reflection-1-community/#comments Sun, 07 Apr 2013 10:22:12 +0000 Nikki Bourke http://edc13.education.ed.ac.uk/nikkib/?p=742 Posted in Virtual Communities,Week Twelve

Since the beginning of this module I knew that this blog was providing a radically different experience than the blog I used in IDEL. Having watched it take shape over the last few months, ebbing and flowing against the tides of offline life, the end is nearing, finality beckoning. On reflection, time itself was instrumental [...]

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Since the beginning of this module I knew that this blog was providing a radically different experience than the blog I used in IDEL. Having watched it take shape over the last few months, ebbing and flowing against the tides of offline life, the end is nearing, finality beckoning. On reflection, time itself was instrumental in shaping this difference, created through interaction and the establishment of community.

 

The blog interaction nourished through feedback and comment has helped to establish our EDC community. Totally aware that all posts are available in the mainstream the intimacy of our group number provided the feeling of being present within a safe, secure environment. Confidence gained through posting within this social network resulted in more confident posting as time progressed.

The community element played a role in how and what I posted. The social aspect embedded as core within the EDC blog meant that feedback and comment were anticipated and readily welcomed. Knowledge sharing was an underlying byproduct of interaction resulting in constant learning and awareness of new topics and technologies. This would not have been as achievable outside of a community based framework.

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Image – Music – Text http://edc13.education.ed.ac.uk/nikkib/2013/04/05/image-music-text/ http://edc13.education.ed.ac.uk/nikkib/2013/04/05/image-music-text/#comments Fri, 05 Apr 2013 11:19:13 +0000 Nikki Bourke http://edc13.education.ed.ac.uk/nikkib/?p=129 Posted in Popular Cybercultures,Week Twelve

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“The narratives of the world are numberless. Narrative is first and foremost a prodigious variety of genres, themselves distributed amongst different substances -as though any material were fit to receive man’s stories. Able to be carried by articulated language, spoken or written, fixed or moving images, gestures, and the ordered mixture of all of these [...]

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“The narratives of the world are numberless. Narrative is first and foremost a prodigious variety of genres, themselves distributed amongst different substances -as though any material were fit to receive man’s stories. Able to be carried by articulated language, spoken or written, fixed or moving images, gestures, and the ordered mixture of all of these substances; narrative is present in myth, legend, fable, tale, novella, epic, history, tragedy, drama, comedy, mime, painting, stained glass windows, cinema, comics, news item, conversation…Caring nothing for the division between good and bad literature, narrative is international, transhistorical, transcultural: it is simply there, like life itself.” (Barthes, 1977, p.79)

 

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 The mime act by Julien Cotterau in the video above shows the power found through both the presence and absence of sound, image and gesture.  Barthes (1977) states that “The stage is the line which stands across the path of the optic pencil, tracing at once the point at which it is brought to a stopand, as it were, the threshold of its ramification. Thus is founded –  against music (against the text) - representation. (Barthes, 1977, p.69, italics in original)

 Barthes, R. (1993) Image-Music-Text London: Fontana Press

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Dialing the future http://edc13.education.ed.ac.uk/nikkib/2013/04/03/dialing-the-future/ http://edc13.education.ed.ac.uk/nikkib/2013/04/03/dialing-the-future/#comments Wed, 03 Apr 2013 21:04:02 +0000 Nikki Bourke http://edc13.education.ed.ac.uk/nikkib/?p=575 Posted in Posthumanism,Week Twelve

Forty years ago, on April 3rd 1973 the first mobile phone call was made by Martin Cooper, an employee of Motorola. Since then the mobile phone has become  as essential a  part of our everyday survival kit. Glasses, driving licence, lipstick, mobile phone… To just imagine getting through an average day without it would send [...]

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Forty years ago, on April 3rd 1973 the first mobile phone call was made by Martin Cooper, an employee of Motorola. Since then the mobile phone has become  as essential a  part of our everyday survival kit. Glasses, driving licence, lipstick, mobile phone…

To just imagine getting through an average day without it would send shivers up most of our spines!

So where is it going to take us next?

 

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Martin Cooper highlights the future capabilities of the machine suggesting  that in time phones will be used to flag and monitor medical conditions held within the body of the holder. Cooper believes that the minimalist look is set to continue suggesting in a 2010 interview with the BBC that:

[T]he cellphone in the long range is going to be embedded under your skin behind your ear along with a very powerful computer who is in effect your slave”  promoting what Haraway (2000) refers to as the ambiguity created by machines “in the difference between natural and artifical, mind and body, self-developing and externally designed and many other distinctions that used to apply to organisms and machines. Our machines are disturbingly lively, and we ourselves frighteningly inert.” (Haraway, 2000, p.36]

 

Haraway, D. (2000). A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology, and Socialist-Feminism in the Late 20th Century. in D Bell and A Kennedy, The Cybercultures Reader. Routledge.

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Mermaids, boundaries and Haraway http://edc13.education.ed.ac.uk/nikkib/2013/04/03/humananimal-boundary/ http://edc13.education.ed.ac.uk/nikkib/2013/04/03/humananimal-boundary/#comments Wed, 03 Apr 2013 20:13:31 +0000 Nikki Bourke http://edc13.education.ed.ac.uk/nikkib/?p=566 Posted in Posthumanism,Week Twelve

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  So many of the cyborg associations that I have identified over the past two weeks have taken the human/machine form. What of the animal/human merger? What of the mermaid? The other evening I found myself mesmerized by a Discovery Channel documentary Mermaids The Body Found. Armed with a cynical raised eyebrow I initially thought [...]

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So many of the cyborg associations that I have identified over the past two weeks have taken the human/machine form. What of the animal/human merger? What of the mermaid?

The other evening I found myself mesmerized by a Discovery Channel documentary Mermaids The Body Found. Armed with a cynical raised eyebrow I initially thought that this was an elaborate April Fool’s day joke but a little digging online revealed a different set of ‘facts’.

Originally aired on Animal Planet in May 2012 it harvested high viewer ratings and re-aired on the Discovery channel the following month. The documentary is described as “science  fiction based on some real events and scientific theory” and puts forward a hefty argument toward the possibility of the real existence of these mythical sea creatures.

 

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It is this blending of science fiction and fact where we might view the mermaid as “a creature of social reality as well as a creature of fiction” ( Haraway, 2000, p.34)

Haraway, D. (2000). A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology, and Socialist-Feminism in the Late 20th Century. in D Bell and A Kennedy, The Cybercultures Reader. Routledge.

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Week Eleven – Overview http://edc13.education.ed.ac.uk/nikkib/2013/04/02/week-eleven-overview/ http://edc13.education.ed.ac.uk/nikkib/2013/04/02/week-eleven-overview/#comments Tue, 02 Apr 2013 16:47:32 +0000 Nikki Bourke http://edc13.education.ed.ac.uk/nikkib/?p=553 Posted in Posthumanism,Week Eleven,Weekly Summaries

  This week my Tumblog hasn’t seen a lot of action principally due to home dynamics [sick children] Between the bouts of illness I did manage to tend to an area of concern that was niggling at the corners of my mind. I wanted to ‘show’ [myself / anybody] what I meant when talking about [...]

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This week my Tumblog hasn’t seen a lot of action principally due to home dynamics [sick children]

Between the bouts of illness I did manage to tend to an area of concern that was niggling at the corners of my mind. I wanted to ‘show’ [myself / anybody] what I meant when talking about the rhizomatic nature of the Tumblog in Gatherings. The image in the original post didn’t sit comfortably with me…it sort of felt inadequate.

What better way to do this then to use the Tumblogs themselves. Collecting all of our Tumblog walls in one artifact meant that although each contributor could recognise their own work it resulted in the gathering of several to form one. My wall rhizome image did end up looking somewhat similar to a scorpion though this was accidental. Perhaps if held upside down or diagonal it will take a different form, varying from one interpretation to the next.

The concept of cyborg remained at the surface of my thoughts this week , asking questions over how technology, such as Google Glass, could add to us becoming cyborg-like. This raised questions of privacy, ownership and social immersion. The cyborg is embedded within the fibres of sci-fi…how exciting to uncover another contemporary real life example.

While there is a temptation to state that week Twelve of the Tumblog will be spent tying loose ends together I actually feel that this is the wrong way for me to view the remaining time. I hope to spend this time giving final nurture to the roots and shoots bursting from the experience of all that is EDC.

 

 

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