1786 Posts Categorized "The Network"

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Open Participants 2021, The Network

Autoethnography

I recently attended a webinar [Meet & Eat] Autoethnography in Online Doctoral Education which I very much enjoyed. One of the presenters asked a question of the audience that got me thinking, and I am really thinking out loud as I write this post: How do we challenge an autoethnography? How do we challenge personal experience? I answered briefly in the chat to say that I would not challenge any one else’s interpretation, but rather I would offer my own […]

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Open Participants 2021, The Network

Researcher Visibility

“Lurker” flickr photo by NomadWarMachine shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-SA) license In my last post I shared a quote from Joanne McNeil introducing the idea of researcher as lurker. Since then I have been thinking at some reasons for researchers to show or hide themselves from their participants, and the related issues of visibility of data and ethical considerations. Here is my starter for ten about levels of researcher visibility and possible research reasons. Researcher VisibilityResearch ReasonStatus as researcher […]

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Open Participants 2021, The Network

Researchers as lurkers

J McNeil p129 An interesting paragraph in a book I am reading at the moment (Lurking, by Joanne McNeil). We are used to talking about learners as lurkers, but here’s another perspective. What images do we invoke when we think about the researcher as lurker? The picture of researcher as outsider – as a profiteer swooping in to steal content and to cherry pick meaning to fit their own agenda – was one that gave me pause during my own […]

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Open Participants 2021, The Network

An anti-climax

I didn’t have high hopes for GISH – I didn’t know what to expect. But I had hoped for some sort of collaborative creating and remixing with some like minded people. So I paid my $25.01 (why the .01, I wondered) and waited to see what the challenges would be like. GISH is a week long event, and this year it ran from 30th July to 6th August. So on Sat 30th I logged in from my PC. First I […]

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The Master and His Emissary, Part 1

For the last couple of months I have been slowly reading Iain McGilchrist’s The Master and His Emissary. Slowly – because it is a big book, in more ways than one. I am only scratching at the surface of it – but the discussion of the left and right hemispheres is fascinating. As a leftie and the daughter of a leftie, I grew up with a lot of folk wisdom about the left hemisphere as being the faculty of reason […]

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Literal Descriptions

For today's TDC… #tdc3816 #ds106 #myFest22 Literal descriptions https://t.co/ju0LRwRigT pic.twitter.com/cEHOGKcRwc— ds106 Daily Create (@ds106dc) June 24, 2022 Look around you and create a picture of what you see in words (or use the image below if you like). Describe it to us without using any metaphors or showing the photo. What do you really see? This might be considered a practice in writing alternative descriptions for images- what can be a valid substitute for the visual representation, Describe the essential elements of […]

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Open Participants 2021, The Network

Aletheia

“Queen Margaret Bridge over the Kelvin” flickr photo by NomadWarMachine shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-SA) license Aletheia was a Greek Goddess. The word is often translated into English as truth – and Aletheia’s Roman counterpart is called Veritas. However, as Heidegger and others say, truth is really insufficient as a translation. Truth is a noun in Latin, but in Greek aletheia is an activity.  This is not just an exercise in semantics. Heidegger understood the importance of language: it […]

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Pentimento (Aletheia)

“King Robert of Sicily” flickr photo by NomadWarMachine shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-SA) license Does a sculptor chip awayTo uncover the image within?Or is structure createdAs marble is shaped?The age old question:Does Science discover Truth or create it?Is beauty innate, or in the eye of the beholder?(And would a rose by any other name really smell as sweet?)

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Start copying

“mimesis” flickr photo by NomadWarMachine shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-SA) license I think I’ve always been a bricoleur – it’s a family trait. But it’s not without danger. When I read this page by Austin Kleon, I remembered happy times messing around with my brother. We were big fans of seeing how things worked. Watches, clocks – anything that had moving parts. We’d prise them apart and put them back together again. Yet, somehow, there was always a small […]

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Open Participants 2021, The Network

Heidegger and Bricolage Part 2

“Fortune Teller” flickr photo by NomadWarMachine shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-SA) license In my earlier post I suggested that Heidegger thought of understanding as being an uncovering of meaning, and I further suggested that this is one of the things that we bricoleurs do when we mix and remix. In this post I want to continue with my interpretation of bricolage through a Heideggerian lens. In his discussion of constructionism, Seymour Papert contrasts two type of problem solving – […]

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Heidegger and Bricolage, Part 1

I’ve been thinking about Heidegger recently. I know that some people find him problematic because of his links with the Nazi party, but I think that it is possible to bracket this off (phenomenological reference intended) and talk about his philosophy without reference to that side of his thought. In any case, I  can’t unlearn the influence that thought has had on my own philosophy, and it would be academically wrong for me to try to ignore it. While recovering […]

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