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Disaster and Recovery

by pj
Categories: 2014, creativity, Dell, Lamu, Second Life
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Published on: July 10, 2014

The disaster was the breakdown of my computer. It all started when I tried to upgrade from 32 bit to 64 bit. I then installed another 4 gigs of RAM bringing me up to 8 gigs. I did this so that I could run 64 bit Firestorm the Second Life viewer. It just didn’t work,[…]

Dukkha

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Published on: May 16, 2014

The first noble truth states that “Life is suffering” or if you want a more diluted version “In life there is suffering”. The second noble truth says that suffering has a cause. What is the cause of suffering? It is attachment. When a close friend dies we experience loss, suffering. It is because we are[…]

Philosophy

The real thing can be viewed below. I enjoyed the course and learned stuff. Got a bit lost halfway through coz I was lazy running other MOOCs at the same time. Only doing one at a time now. The MOOCs are rich with brain stuff. I am having a terrible time with my computer, namely[…]

How Online Courses Can Form a Basis for On-Campus Teaching

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Categories: Coursera, MOOCs, Teaching, Tutorial
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Published on: March 20, 2014

Forbes article by Daphne Koller, Contributor 11/07/2012 Last week, Antioch University announced its intention to allow students to take credit-bearing classes based on some of the courses offered on Coursera. Until now, online courses have been used primarily in one of two ways: as MOOCs (non-credit-bearing classes open to anyone), and within the academic institutions producing[…]

Critical Thinking in Global Challenges

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Published on: March 4, 2014

A good course somewhat marred by an attack on one of the lecturers. I feel my ability to form an argument has improved and has been formalised. Here is a picture of my certificate: And here is the certificate.

Inequality the root of poverty

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Published on: February 25, 2014

As part of the MOOC Critical thinking we were asked to create an argument.  Here is mine: Poverty is at epidemic proportions in a world where 30,000 people in the US have as much income as 2,800 million in the rest of the world Thomas Pogge Economist said in his lecture for the RSA http://www.thersa.org/events/audio-and-past-events/2012/ending-poverty.[…]

Climate Change

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Published on: February 10, 2014

Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, and since the 1950s, many of the observed changes are unprecedented over decades to millennia. The atmosphere and ocean have warmed, the amounts of snow and ice have diminished, sea level has risen, and the concentrations of greenhouse gases have increased. IPCC Report GENEVA, 30 January – Warming[…]

A heady mix of MOOCs

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Published on: January 28, 2014

A heady mix of MOOCs the good brain bad brain led me to Oliver Sachs “The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat” (in the library) a very interesting study that makes you think about how perception dictates some behaviours. A good brain site is here: http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/exchange/brains Then Critical Thinking and Philosophy (week 1[…]

New MOOCs

I have registered for three MOOCs . “Critical thinking in Global Challenges” will go live on Monday the 20th of January. (Coursera University of Edinburgh). Taking this course so I have a better idea of the direction we should be taking globally. “Good brain, bad brain: basics.” Course starts on Monday 27 January 2014.(Future Learn,[…]

MOOCs How We Got Here

Taken from: http://www.elearnspace.org/blog/2013/11/07/moocs-how-did-we-get-here/ MOOCs: How did we get here? I’m at the Open Education conference in Park City, Utah. The conference is now in its impressive 10th year. I did a presentation following Andrew Ng (Coursera). Slides and video are below. The focus is on my early experiences with MOOCs, their current state, and future[…]

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