I’ve just completed the second week of the “E-learning and Digital Cultures” MOOC, delivered using Coursera by staff from the School of Education.
One reason I took this course was just to experience a MOOC, and the sheer number of participants and their global spread doesn’t disappoint. The discussion boards are kept lively, although social spaces such as Twitter suffer a little from too much noise rather than not enough interest. It seems that the largest group represented are teachers and educators.
Week one looked at the idea of technological determinism, and asked to what extent does technology shape society. A number of short films from popular culture depicted the relationship we have with technology, presented as either desirable and utopian or negative and dystopian.