The course aims to encourage us to “deepen our understanding of what it means to teach and learn in the digital age”, by discussing “how digital cultures intersect with learning cultures online”, and how our ideas about online education are “shaped through narratives, or big stories, about the relationship between people and technology”…
In the beginning, Jeremy said the key themes of the course are utopia / dystopia, and ‘what it means to be human in the digital age’…
The key questions for educators seem to be:
- what is digital culture, and (how) is it changing education?
- do we learn differently online? can we teach intelligently in this space?
- where is the brain? is the brain the mind? is mind an individual or collective experience? can it be simulated?
- is ICT the way to a better life, or are computers destroying education as we know it? (has Internet killed the classroom star?)
- are our ideas about online education shaped by science fiction? why would we want to think about that?