The Digital Stranger: Education, participation, social networking and creativity
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Digital strangers are people we interact with, people we are inspired by, people we understand (even a little) about their views and their position in a specific network, but know very little about. We can still learn from and with them. We can create and share. We can innovate and solve problems. We can increase awareness and affect change. We can engage, entertain and provide comfort or inspiration.
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Write about what?: Unwilling to share

Write about what?: Unwilling to share | The Digital Stranger: Education, participation, social networking and creativity | Scoop.it

When secondary students think about collaboration on the Internet , it might mean spreading news about a party using Facebook, or spending a night battling in StarCraft with players across the continent. Throw the word "education" into the mix and they think about finding the website from which the teacher copied the last physics worksheet in order to locate the answers (or at least an explanation of how to solve the problems). They might agree to split their assigned novel among a small group of friends. Then, they exchange plot and character notesso that nobody has to read more than one hundred pages. The tendency is to see the Internet as a place from which they can glean information or comment as they please. However, even "digital natives" often flounder when it is their responsibility to start up or maintain an active collaboration on-line for a class. 


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OLDS MOOC - learning log week one

OLDS MOOC - learning log week one | The Digital Stranger: Education, participation, social networking and creativity | Scoop.it
Copied from Cloudworks. My portfolio is at http://cloudworks.ac.uk/cloudscape/view/2639 I think this has been a classic week. Not sure why.
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a nice summary of week one before Simon, Yishay and myself sign off and hand over to Josh!

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Peter Bryant's curator insight, January 16, 2013 12:14 PM

a nice summary of week one.  a good way to finish before Simon, Yishay and myself sign off and hand over to Josh for week 2.  Don't worry friendly scoop-it'ers; there will be lots more added to this topic over the course of the olds-mooc and beyond

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Social networks may inflate self-esteem, reduce self-control | e! Science News

Social networks may inflate self-esteem, reduce self-control | e! Science News | The Digital Stranger: Education, participation, social networking and creativity | Scoop.it

Users of ... social networks should beware of allowing their self-esteem boosted by "likes" or positive comments from close friends. ...It could reduce their self-control..." leading to higher body mass index and higher credit card debt...


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very interesting piece, seems to play into some of the research around the digital stranger

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Fleur Prinsen's curator insight, January 15, 2013 6:35 AM

So you will be able to control yourself better if your friends don't 'like' you too much? Curious...

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-20931204
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Internet and Social Networks: The Good, Bad and the Ugly - The Nation

"Social networking is seen as a private virtual space for likeminded people to share information. Is it really a private space? How it could be private when all the information is in the hands of few people who own and run Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn and Twitter?"


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Social Networking and Education: Using Facebook as an Edusocial Space

Social Networking and Education: Using Facebook as an Edusocial Space | The Digital Stranger: Education, participation, social networking and creativity | Scoop.it
The acceptance of Facebook by school-aged users is evident, but the potential of using social networking sites for educational purposes is still being debated. This paper explores the use of Facebook within a high school science-mentoring program.
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Social Media Identity Theory ‹ The Student Affairs Collaborative

Social Media Identity Theory ‹ The Student Affairs Collaborative | The Digital Stranger: Education, participation, social networking and creativity | Scoop.it
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an interesting observation on identity

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'Connectivism' and Connective Knowledge by Stephen Downes

'Connectivism' and Connective Knowledge by Stephen Downes | The Digital Stranger: Education, participation, social networking and creativity | Scoop.it
"Connectivism" is the thesis that knowledge is distributed across a network of connections, and therefore that learning consists of the ability to construct and traverse those networks.

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David Hain's curator insight, January 10, 2013 3:06 AM

Lots of food for thought here.

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A Useful Social Media Cheat Sheet - Edudemic

A Useful Social Media Cheat Sheet - Edudemic | The Digital Stranger: Education, participation, social networking and creativity | Scoop.it
The infographic may be designed for small business owners but it's worthwhile for any teacher, student, parent, or other Edudemic reader looking for the quick bites of the social networks.

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From Self-Construal to Identification with Social Media.

When do people consider their social media groups to be important to their identities? [Academic online pubication]


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Stories to TEL: MOOCs, what about them? Some moral considerations | Peter Sloep


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Peter B. Sloep's curator insight, January 4, 2013 3:17 AM

new blog post of mine, continuing on from a previous one, using Michael Sandel to shed light on some moral issues regarding MOOCs (@pbsloep)

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Know your product: Is the MOOC the messiah or just a very naughty boy? | Peter Bryant

Know your product: Is the MOOC the messiah or just a very naughty boy? | Peter Bryant | The Digital Stranger: Education, participation, social networking and creativity | Scoop.it
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8 Things we MUST do in 2013 to seize the potential of mLearning | The mLearning Revolution Blog

8 Things we MUST do in 2013 to seize the potential of mLearning | The mLearning Revolution Blog | The Digital Stranger: Education, participation, social networking and creativity | Scoop.it
2012 has been an amazing year for mobile! This year we have seen technology companies introduce a myriad of mobile devices of all sizes, prices and operating systems. In 2012 Apple announced ...

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Assessment and iPadology

Assessment and iPadology | The Digital Stranger: Education, participation, social networking and creativity | Scoop.it
Aligning course goals with a course, is often left out of the  hands of educators who work at  institutions, (or at least where I am currently located – in other locations, I both designed an...

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Diagnosing the IRL Fetish » Cyborgology

Diagnosing the IRL Fetish » Cyborgology | The Digital Stranger: Education, participation, social networking and creativity | Scoop.it

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Fleur Prinsen's curator insight, January 17, 2013 2:05 AM

Are online interactions less 'real'? "we can see this trend through multiple technological advancements, not just digitization. For instance, the same story told via motion picture perhaps feels less real than a play, as audiences in the latter are limited to the physical space of the performance hall and the temporal moment in which it is performed. A book from the printing press perhaps feels less real than one which was hand-written, as the former can be owned by many, while the latter is only possessed by one."

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Linguistics identifies anonymous users

Linguistics identifies anonymous users | The Digital Stranger: Education, participation, social networking and creativity | Scoop.it
Researchers reveal carders, hackers on underground forums.
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'The Inventive City' Culture Hack: combining technology and young people's cultural learning | A New Direction

'The Inventive City' Culture Hack: combining technology and young people's cultural learning | A New Direction | The Digital Stranger: Education, participation, social networking and creativity | Scoop.it
We gathered at the Google Campus yesterday to discuss, explore and share how technology can help them to find innovative ways to give young people access to arts and culture in London (@amyrozelmartin http://t.co/ZuRrHItT)...
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Goodbye 'Gossip Girl,' Social Media Pioneer

Gossip Girl was the first about the lives of the Connected Generation -- the millennials who grew up with the Internet, consider their cellphones an essential accessory and share content comfortably with friends and strangers on social networks.

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Fleur Prinsen's curator insight, January 10, 2013 8:40 AM

"I wasn't born into this world. Maybe I could write myself into it," But should you do this by becoming a gossip king or queen?

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Girl Geeks and Boy Kings | Dissent Magazine

Girl Geeks and Boy Kings | Dissent Magazine | The Digital Stranger: Education, participation, social networking and creativity | Scoop.it

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Fleur Prinsen's curator insight, January 10, 2013 5:35 AM

Some history on how Facebook affords identity formation. Girls still need to work hard at making diverse identities for themselves possible online...

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allAfrica.com: Nigeria: VC Advocates Use of Social Media for Learning

allAfrica.com: Nigeria: VC Advocates Use of Social Media for Learning | The Digital Stranger: Education, participation, social networking and creativity | Scoop.it

"Facebook and Twitter are emerging global communication standards especially among the youth and anybody advocating that our youth should stay off such should ask the Anopheles mosquito to stay off the sucking of blood. In most advanced countries, teachers supplement their lessons with assignment given to their students on Facebook. It has been confirmed that students relate in an exciting manner to their Facebook lessons and studies which has led to improved performance in school and public examinations," he said.

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Okebukola further urged various stakeholders to look beyond negative aspects of networking and leverage on the positives of social media such as how it will improve learning, acquire new skills and students spend productive time.

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Learning in – and from – the Great Disruption | Inside Higher Ed

Learning in – and from – the Great Disruption | Inside Higher Ed | The Digital Stranger: Education, participation, social networking and creativity | Scoop.it

And with MOOCs, those of us acculturated to academia have the opportunity to learn new, responsive, participatory ways of fostering public knowledge, both inside and outside of traditional institutions. The disruption may be profound, certainly. But so may be the possibilities.

Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/university-venus/learning-%E2%80%93-and-%E2%80%93-great-disruption#ixzz2HYsJz0kl ;
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Flipped Classroom Successes in Higher Education

Flipped Classroom Successes in Higher Education | The Digital Stranger: Education, participation, social networking and creativity | Scoop.it
Colleges and University Professors are Improving Learning Outcomes, and Lowering Costs, with Flipped Classroom Techniques. Last year I took my advocacy of the

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Online identity: is authenticity or anonymity more important? - The Guardian

Online identity: is authenticity or anonymity more important? - The Guardian | The Digital Stranger: Education, participation, social networking and creativity | Scoop.it
The GuardianOnline identity: is authenticity or anonymity more important?

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Steph Alexandra's curator insight, August 25, 2014 6:24 PM

The Guardian has posted an interesting article discussing whether authenticity or anonymity is important on the web. "The old web [was] a place where identity could remain separate from real life". Now "a critical mass of people only want online interactions supported by "authentic" identity."  Millions of online users over the past decade want a safe place where they won't experience bad behaviour or have their identities stolen.

 

Facebook and Google products are the sum total of users web interaction, "and the value in creating a platform that provides confidence that a person is who they say they are, rather someone pretending to be them, is critical to a social network's success."

 

This article is neither for or against, but offers information on the subject, outlining that the expectation of web users has changed regarding their right to profile privacy. More so, as we have now entered a era where virtual relationships and the sharing of information is via online, which can be accessed by anyone, anywhere. 

This is interesting topic point to consider for all online users with active online identities/profiles, and definitely a conversation starter. 

Amethyst Mayer's curator insight, December 27, 2014 3:35 AM

This article has a lot of different opinions and points-of-view on the issue of Online authenticity and who the user really is.

Claudia Lovett's curator insight, December 29, 2014 11:42 AM

This is the most important part of online identity. It is the make or break of how we engage with one another and with web content. It is up to the individual whether or not they decide that the quality of being authentic is more important then being anonymous.

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MOOCs – The revolution has begun, says Moody’s - University World News - Sarah King Head

"A new report by Moody’s Investors Service suggests that while MOOCs’ exploitation of expanded collaborative networks and technological innovation will benefit higher education in the United States as a whole, their long-term effect on the for-profit sector and smaller not-for-profit institutions could be damaging."


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Peter B. Sloep's curator insight, December 27, 2012 9:52 AM

What is perhaps most interesting about this, is that Moody's - yes, they - are interested in MOOCs at all. This shows that xMOOCs (unlike cMOOCs) are an innovation in the costing of Higher Ed., not their pedagogy. So, we do not get better education with them, but a more affordable education, if indeed we do. University World News agrees: "But the important development associated with MOOCs is that they are able to offer exponentially larger enrolments. And, with these, the potential profits are much larger." I suggest we acknowledge that xMOOCs make for lousy pedagogy and only value them for what they are, a means to make higher education cheaper. Then we can at least start talking about the question of whether we are ok with that. (@pbsloep, thanks to @guzdial)

Peter John Baskerville's curator insight, December 27, 2012 4:37 PM

You know when creative disruption is taking place when organisations like accounting firms and venture capitalists that are far removed from the main players can see it happening. Moody's is the latest non-edu institution to see the revolution in education taking place with the tsunami that is MOOCs.

Heiko Idensen's curator insight, December 28, 2012 12:32 AM

...die internationalen Finanzmärte ingeressieren sich für #mooc s :-) bug oder feature :-)

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Online learning in 2012: a retrospective

Online learning in 2012: a retrospective | The Digital Stranger: Education, participation, social networking and creativity | Scoop.it

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Exactly how I feel

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Adam Atodl's curator insight, December 18, 2012 4:47 AM

LOL :-)

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, December 20, 2012 8:02 PM

We have been told works for everyone. Does it?

Paula King, Ph.D.'s curator insight, December 22, 2012 5:36 PM

What a year and a half---disruptive innovation in higher education.

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15 Internet Trends: The Magnitude of Upcoming Change will be Stunning - Getting Smart by Tom Vander Ark - internet, Online Learning, venture capital

15 Internet Trends: The Magnitude of Upcoming Change will be Stunning - Getting Smart by Tom Vander Ark - internet, Online Learning, venture capital | The Digital Stranger: Education, participation, social networking and creativity | Scoop.it
Mary Meeker from leading venture capital investors Kleiner Perkins presented on internet trends at Stanford last week. It’s worth reviewing.

The money quote: “The magnitude of upcoming change will be stunning—we are still in spring training.” Meeker lists 15 trends in support of this claim:


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