Digital Cultures and E-learning #edcmooc
I always wanted to focus a bit more on e-learning strategies and how to incorporate these in the best possible way. Now I signed up for this online course Digital Cultures and E-learning. So far I am just very very confused.
Why are they using all available platforms? I have to piece discussions together from Facebook, google+, twitter, wiki, coursera, youtube and various other blogs. Frankly at the moment I am suffering from information overload. I have yet to find a course handbook to understand where this is all going and what the actual concepts are that we are supposed to learn? Yes utopia versus dystopia—I get this one. I see how it relates to digital cultures or maybe rather cultures of digital society?
So I still don’t know where to put the hook in. Are we discussing culture from a Bourdieuian point of view, critical social theory, feminism? Where are we? I feel the course is floating about hitting the students with an absolute information overload without a scaffold, an anchor, a rope or whatever guidance metaphor you would prefer.
In week three I am also not quite clear if we are ever going to relate the digital culture to actual e-learning. I am missing what I tell my students on an almost daily basis: the ‘so what’?
What does it mean for my teaching? How can I apply anything discussed in a real life setting? I guess contextualization would be the word. Even if spell checker does not know it.
The rambling so far proves I have no clue what is actually going on. I will engage more with the suggested texts and make up my own mind but this I could have done without engaging in an online course. Maybe if I just decide for one of the 9 tabs I have open and engage in communication there, I will be able to make more sense. Maybe I am spending too much time trying to understand the pedagogy instead of the content?
Almost 4 weeks to go. Maybe at the end I will sing from a different hymn sheet. I will keep you posted.
*considering various definitions of culture describe it as a way of life, form of being etc