Digital/Networked learning

Free Software and philosophy

This paper explores the threat of the erasure of knowledge, which Stiegler (2018) sees as characteristic of the Anthropocene, and which is understood in this paper as an educational concern with respect to our shared understanding and use of digital tools. The problem of the ‘bringing forth’ of knowledge is related to Heideggerian (1977 [1949]) poeisis. But where Heidegger lacked the courage to act, Stiegler raised the question of how to act and live care-fully, through neganthropic pharmakon as provisional treatment in the disautomatization of individual and collective production and consumption.

How to survive disruption?

The future belongs to those who are capable of producing a new theory of becoming and of creation of bifurcations into becoming creating futures – Bernard Stiegler

21st Century relational backgrounding for technical and professional communication

A link to my AELFE-TAPP2021 conference paper.
It outlines how my courses include a backgrounding in the social and material contexts of students as well as the contexts of technical and professional content, which together cater to the development of 21st century skills.

On Cyber Utopia...

What civilization do we want to build in the 21st century? What kind of solidarities will we have need of in a world that is as of now interdependent? What will the place of the human being be in a world increasingly dominated by abstract machines and logic? – Philippe Quéau, former head of the French National Audiovisual Institute

Teaching and learning to co-create

Presenting a book I co-edited and collaborated on that evolved out of the experience of several international multi-lingual networked projects conducted from a less constructivist teaching milieu. The book asks what it is that we learn if our purpose is to learn how to bring out the best in each other’s voices and collaborative action. We were lucky enough to have this opportunity to be so idealistically-directed.

Time and the silver platter

Thinking about what we make digitally relevant in terms of helpfulness instead of desserts streamed to the constant ‘now’ on a silver platter…

Free lunches and the burden of responsibility

This post explores the fun and difficulties of trying to use a computer responsibly as a non-techie but appreciator of the computer art.
“It is easy to use a computer. This is fortunate, because everybody’s going to have to learn. It is not so easy to use a computer wisely. This is unfortunate, because everybody’s going to have to learn.” – Michael Chrichton

Software for collaborative learning

A description of ideal software tools for collaborative learning with a community feel and general comments on what I found by looking into some available software and their sites.

Resources for larger (online) classes

Eight links to resources on teaching large collaborative, participatory classes – applicable to networked learning. The list highlights what I took from each of the resources when revising my syllabuses this semester.

Digital literacy syllabus

Course design and material that can be used in a course teaching digital literacy.