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EDCMOOC Digitial Artifact

False Polarities
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Jesse Balanyk

on 13 March 2013

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Transcript of EDCMOOC Digitial Artifact

Manifestations
of Utopia in Education * Connect People
* Make Work Easier
*Allow new, previously impossible things
*Inherently democratizing Utopic Views of Technology Dystopic Views of Technology Can there be one without the other? Utopia vs. Dystopia False Polarities EDCMOOC Digital Artifact - MOOCs
-Global awareness
-Access to information
-Tablets redefining tasks *Mind control
("The medium is the message")
* Ubiquitous Surveillance
* Centralizes Control
* Inherently fascist Manifestation of Dystopia
in Education -Industrial model of public education
-Standardized Testing
-Udacity, Corusera are FOR PROFIT
-iTunesU is wholly controlled by Apple for their own purposes -Technology:
Democratizing or
Controlling? MOOCs: Are they really "open"? MOOCs offer free education but only to a global elite.
MOOCs centralize control of the dissemination of knowledge and reaffirm the authority traditional institutions.
MOOC platforms aim to increase private profits, not necessarily democratize knowledge dissemination. Communication technology helped to organize resistance but is also being exploited by oppressive regimes to crack down on resisters.

So, technology is both democratizing and potential tool for exerting control. Evidence * Noam Chomsky
- Our mind sets ridged parameters of what is comprehensible in language.
-There is a strong possibility that there is a universal and essential human nature that is defined by our biological endowment Intrinsic Constructed Intrinsic or Constructed Human Nature All human languages are comprised of a extremely limited number of categories: noun, verb, gender, tense, etc.

Any person will learn any language they are exposed to at the correct stage in development. *Michael Foucault
-There is no such thing as an essential human nature; human nature is always defined withing the constraints imposed by the era within which one is defining human nature. Different societies and even different eras within on society define objects differently.

There has been such a multitude of different social organizations throughout human history that it is highly unlikely that there is a universal human nature underpinning all of them. Posthumans: Do they exist? People learn a language based on exposure to linguistic input interpreted by a universal language faculty.
- Different input = different language
I believe the same process occurs when learning other social interactions.

Therefore: if young people experience different social interactions they will experience and decode the world differently. Posthuman? Evidence What does that mean for education?
People who experience the world and interaction with information in radically different ways will necessarily think and learn in different ways.
Educators need to understand how young people think, or their digital culture, in order to reach them on their level.
However, this doesn't mean we can't push their boundaries. Are young people today posthuman? Yes.
Has this altered our human nature? No.
In a very significant way humans have been posthuman since we started using simple tools and controlling fire.
The printing press radically changed how out brains work.
However, these changes occur within a rigid yet incredibly rich innate framework which is our essential human nature. By Jesse Balanyk The Chomsky - Foucault Debate on Human Nature
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