Sunday, May 29, 2016 | RECENT NOTES
The 2016 Eurovision Song Contest took place last Saturday, and finished with the kind of manufactured controversy that is so fashionable at the moment. However, the main controversy in our house concerned the inexplicable global decision to not vote for Macedonia in the semi-finals, thus depriving the final of its best histrionics in years.
Some conspiracy theories are dangerous. Some conspiracy theories are dull. Some are stupid. Some are meta. Some meta theories, as we shall see, are obviously more meta then others.
I have just come across this site which is a kind of all-inclusive conspiracy theory mash-up from 2011, which is still on the web with the date of The Ascension intact. The date is December 31, 2012, fact fans, and I, for one, don’t recall ascending. This section from one of its many pages (the conspiracy is vast and multi-dimensional and so is the site) stands as a candidate for the Quote of the Decade.
It involves The Galactic Federation of Light & Ascended Masters, but you probably already guessed that.
Thursday, May 25, 2016 | THERE WE WERE
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 | ESSAYS
This paper describes an ongoing project that aims to increase students’ control over their own learning, and to enable then to act as producers as well as consumers of information; and as genuine contributors to the spread of common and open knowledge. It outlines theoretical reasons for embarking upon the project and describes two stages of development: the production of an online course in MOOC format to test pedagogical and technical ideas, and the devising and production of a 5 credit (ECT) course for second year BA students in which the students spend their time devising and producing the online course they would otherwise have taken. Finally the paper offers some suggestions for how this approach might be refined and further developed.