Monthly Archives: May 2010

thinking back on last post – god to human in a glance

So going back to the last post..and thinking about risk it’s worth thinking about theories of play and flow – the idea that the challenge needs to be not too hard not too easy….. If it’s too easy, we don’t … Continue reading

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From god to human in a single glance

I have read personal accounts from Distance Learners, many of whom claim that for some reason, knowing what people look like is important in order to form trust, to engage etc etc….their explanation as to why never seem very convincing…and … Continue reading

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One day…and I don’t care how long it takes, I want to work here :)

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Getting the right answers = Asking the right questions

I think I nee to start thinking about how I’m going to ask teh right questions in order to collect the right data so I can really get to the bottom of embodiment issues in Distance Learning. Are we really … Continue reading

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I am not really torn….

I enjoy socialising online. I love the immediacy of google and google scholar. I hate sitting for long periods at a time at my computer, but and hate staring at my mobile’s tiny little screen. I am not torn. There … Continue reading

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Constructivist Realism – I like this!

Just as people can share the “facts” of everyday “reality,” even while differing in interpretations of their meaning, positivist and constructivist “realities” are not necessarily foundationally incompatible.  A productive theory is one that balances abstract ideas against the particularity of … Continue reading

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Anyone out there brave enough to take on the challenge?

Positivist Empirical Rationalist Quantitative Global? Abstract? (when we abstract we turn situated knowledge into theory…). v post-positivist Interpretivist Constructivist Naturalist Constructionist? Qualitative Phenomenological? (or is this more related to methodology like “grounded”?).  I feel that there were phenomenologists before there … Continue reading

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despairing that I will never get my head fully around these terms

Ontology, Metaphysics (metaphysics is an aspect of ontology I suppose), Ontology is to do with the nature of “being”…..so I suppose more to do with our physicalxperiences and consciousness as opposed to our thoughts and ideas?  I mainly believe our … Continue reading

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Phenomenology Constructionism Constructivism – honestly though it’s very hard when no one uses the words consistently!

VERY Roughly put..and highly dependent on wikipedia at present… Phenomenology: all mental phenomena are about something, there is always intentionality.  Thought and consciousness cannot be separated from the object, even though they are two different things.  So understanding is always … Continue reading

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