It’s Erik Duval’s week to take on Change 11. He’ll be presenting all week on my topic of interest: Learning in Times of Abundance. If you aren’t already, you can follow the discussion here: http://change.mooc.ca/post/357
This week I’m planning to participate by blogging daily about my thoughts in regards to Erik’s research and presentations. These reaction blogs will probably go up around 10 am each morning- I’ll attempt to enforce some structure on myself here!
I want to start my reaction blogs by investigating this idea of connectedness that underpins Duvals research and is fostered by the internet. It seems like the internet is rapidly morphing into a place where you can (and are expected to?) drag a digital footprint along behind you. A simple example I quickly thought of is Spotify, the latest free music platform, which allows a user to collect songs on playlists. Then, when you play your playlist, it connects your Spotify account to your Facebook account. This allows everyone on your friendslist to see what you listen to in real time. Spotify is just one of many examples- whether crossposting your thoughts between twitter and Facebook, checking in on Foursquare, updating a Tumblr account, commenting on the Huffington Post, consuming news via Google Alerts- we never disconnect.
In fact, it seems to be a requirement in this modern age to place a facsimile of yourself online. “Psuedo-you” can be as detailed as you like. So what does that mean for engagement in the classroom and the process of learning?