This week, we read a piece by Harvard Law Professor Lawrence Lessig on copyright. Here’s a recent NPR story about an Australian record company that decided to pick a fight with him about fair use. They probably picked the wrong guy…
Listen to the NPR story and watch the mashup of “Lisztomania” by Phoenix, The Breakfast Club & Pretty in Pink (if you haven’t before).
George Siemens’ keynote talk (Disruptor, Saviour, or Distractor: MOOCs and their role in higher education) launched the European MOOCs in Global Context Workshop, 19-20 June 2013, University of Wisconsin-Madison
The discussion leaders for tomorrow are Vanna, Lindsay, and Brienne. The topic is MOOCs and the future of education. They would like you to watch this video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqQNvmQH_YM
Please come prepared to discuss the following questions:
If you are hiring would this type of education turn you off to hire a person? Or, would this information be considered valuable, and more importantly, unique compared to other applicants who have only a degree from a university? In your opinion, are MOOCs credible or illegitimate?
Do you believe the advantages outweigh the disadvantages? Would you ever consider enrolling in MOOCs before a traditional, classroom course?
Do MOOCs democratize higher education?
What do you think is the future of education?
Do you think MOOCs are just a fad? Do you think they’ll continue to gain popularity or eventually “fizzle out”?
Also, please check out the Twitter posts by Molly and me about the breaking news on Udacity.
For those of you who will miss next week’s class (or if you’re going to be in class, you may receive .5 points extra credit for doing this assignment):
Your assignment is to evaluate the “free” labor you do as a part of being online—your user-generated content, co-creation, blogging, etc. and what Ian Bogost calls “hyperemployment” in this text below:
You should write a 500-word essay that is half a response to this piece by Bogost, and half an analysis of your own digital labor. What are you giving away for free? What might that be worth in dollars, if you based it on minimum wage? How fair is or is not the trade that you’re doing?
“This is an app that is popular among Chinese young people. They record their own songs and post them. If you have an account, you can “like” someone and give him or her flowers. Many people have their own fans and become famous. Here are screen shots of the app.