All will come into focus later….
This blog is about to restart – watch this space
I have been offline – visiting a big trade fair in Germany, Photokina, and watching the Scottish referendum from Cologne. My question about all this digital stuff is, are our boots on the ground?
My understanding of the potential vote in Scotland was informed by the internet – I devoured tons of websites, twitter feeds and Facebook posts (from both sides). I assumed from this survey the Yes vote would win, my brother living in Scotland (and a political activist) spoke to people and he felt that the No vote would prevail, he was correct.
So with online education – perhaps a future for education – we need to keep a perspective. Sometimes old school works and clearly online connected course really work, so we should not get carried away and keep our boots on the ground
I have been following the RSS feed for the Connected Courses on feedy, but my unread feeds (included my own selection of feeds outside CC) go well into the 100s. I simply do not have time to read them as the real/physical world takes over. Students, also, do not have the time to handle this amount of data, our students miss important course information because their university email is full of university junk mail.
So how to handle this, I use every tech I can think off – RRS feed synchronised on every device I use; Feedly and Readkit. I delete viciously…but it is not enough. Is this a failure of words, is there a limit to the number of active participants in any online activity?
Is John Hennessy, the president of Stanford right is saying this about MOOCs “Two words are wrong in ‘Mooc’: massive and open”. Is this the case with the Connected Courses – can we cope with this information overload?
Pictures are easier for – the image above was one I shot last weekend on a project for EDF Renewables…it says more about the English landscape than a 1000s word can.