Art of the MOOC: Merging Public Art and Experimental Education

The rise of the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) has taken advantage of the increasing ease with which digital technologies can be used to broadcast and interact, creating broad communities of educators and learners.

Long-standing distance learning course providers such as Open University have benefitted from (and adjusted to) the widening range of technological tools, communication methods and digital educational resources. The design of MOOCs responds to the changing learning patterns that Schuurman presents in Tweet Me Your Talk: Geographical Learning and Knowledge Production 2.0 (in the The Professional Geographer, 2013) responding to our ‘lifestyle of interrupted, fragmented learning’. 

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Digital Defamation

Controversy: Young Burmese activist facing 5 years in Jail for this photo. Photo: Chaw Sandi Tun / Facebook.

A young Burmese activist faces 5 years in Jail for this photo. (Chaw Sandi Tun / Facebook)

A young opposition activist in Burma (also known as Myanmar) has recently been arrested and charged with “defamation” after she made a satirical post on Facebook mocking the country’s new military uniforms. The post by activist Chaw Sandi Tun compared the uniforms to a traditional longyi (sarong) of a similar colour worn by Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of the National League for Democracy party. The alleged defamation exists based on the fact that in Burma it is considered an insult to imply that a man would wear a woman’s sarong.

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Comdev in action in Palestine

Palestine has come back to the headline news recently. To get an insider view from the Communication 4 Development point of view, you can follow live on Bambuser Malmoe Professor Tobias Denskus interviewing Rebecca Bengtsson, Communications Officer with the Temporary International Presence in Hebron (http://www.tiph.org/) and currently on leave n Sweden. Continue reading

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Role play

Historically, Theatre has been a tool for transmitting the moral and behavioural teachings of belief systems but also for expression, experimentation and challenging societal norms: Communicating human stories and experience via differing means depending on the historical and contextual function.

Whether producer or audience, there are both passive and active forms of participation. Meanings are not fixed, they are informed by cultural understanding that can be either reinforced or interrogate. Theatron’s recent conference Engaging Society – Theatre & Politics on and off stage  champions the latter role.

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Radio ‘Kind of’ Free Asia

Photo: Radio Free Asia

Photo: Radio Free Asia

“RFA is a private, nonprofit corporation that broadcasts news and information to listeners in Asian countries where full, accurate, and timely news reports are unavailable”.

Radio Free Asia (RFA) was founded on March the 12th, 1996, as a private non-profit corporation, and acts as a substitute for indigenous free media, concentrating on  covering events occurring in and/or affecting the countries to which it broadcasts. Its headquarters are located in Washington DC, and it maintains offices in Hong Kong, Taipei, Bangkok, Seoul, and Phnom Penh, as well as stringer offices in Dharamsala and Ankara.

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