Technobiophilia connects the use of Nature in the online world. It explains that we are attracted to nature metaphors in on the internet because we are attracted to life and life like process. This is why we use words like viruses, clouds, and bugs. Also, this is why we adorn our screen savers with images of waterfall, mountains, and rivers.  This connects with Metaliteracy because it helps us understand how to personalize and conduct strategies to strengthen digital learning.  This relates to MOOC because it allows a way to personalize online learning to make people interact and become more involved by incorporating biophilia. 




Digital Storytelling MOOC Talk

On the previous blog post, I talked about Digital Storytelling and Metaliteracy. Today, I will be talking about a video that explored Digital Storytelling on a MOOC platform.  The video opens, like similar videos as described in Blog Post 3, where it explains what digital storytelling is. They use the same keywords as before like “personal”, “important events”, and “personal experience”. However the video makes a clear and understand definition of story: “a sequence of content, with a problem, that engages the audience with emotion and meaning”. This could easily be applied to digitally storytelling if I was to add “online”, “digitally”, or “through any type of media” to the end of the sentence. Then, the video explores storytelling through social media, like Blog Post 2,  with the use of Twitter and Flickr. Like Blog Post 2, this relates to metaliteracy because it is global, cross-cultural, interdisciplinary, and collaborative. “Digital storytelling requires students to participate in analysis…therefore contribute metaliterate learning.” This video is very informative for my class project since this involves my topic specifically. This video also made me realize that everyone, in our class or  access to the internet, are all digital storytellers since most online users have some form of social media.

Digital Storytelling and Metaliteracy

Digital Storytelling allows other to narrate information through various forms of media particularly online. This relates to MOOC says digital storytelling is a concept that allows people to share ideas freely and independently such as our website in Weebly.  It also relates to MOOC because it allows readers to self narrate and distribute “original or repurposed” information for free such as in Facebook or Twitter. As seen in the first video, digital storytelling shows a third party sharing information about a subject in this case Leonardo De Vinci on YouTube. In the second video, the video shows digital storytelling as a direct contact/narrative like the Astronaut talking to a classroom of students via a webcam.

Digital storytelling has advantages, as explained in class, that it can be corrected or changed and easily accessible at any time however the disadvantages are that it loses its fixity or history of original and past publications and most are not peer-reviewed to confirm reliability of information.


Media and News Literacy

Thanks to social media, people are becoming more involved in News literacy especially since anyone can read, discuss, and participate via the internet. In “Media and News Literacry”, it states that “The democratization of social media allows more participation and interaction related to the new than ever”. Although there are advantages that news literacy and social media allows everyone to become more informed and interactive yet there some major disadvantages. A disadvantage would be people falsifying information such as the man who lied about the flooding of the New York Stock Exchange building during Hurricane Sandy. Another disadvantage would be extremely biased information, people want others to agree with their opinions or buy certain products by leaving certain key facts out of an issue. However, an important advantage of news in social media is the “immediacy”, as described in “Twitter Literacy”, where people can get instant updates on news. Another advantage would be easy access to the news, most of the time, without payment such as New York Times.

Media and News literacy is a perfect example of what MOOC, aka Massive Open Online Course, is all about. It allows others to collaborate, engage, and share information online.  The advantage about “immediacy” is an example of MOOC where it allows anyone to collaborate and distribute information via the internet. The advantage of easy access to the news, most of the time, without payment is an example of MOOC where it promotes open access. Even the disadvantages can give a good example of MOOC where social media may misinform by lying about their information or give biased news yet it allows people to be fully engaged in learning and be more interactive.  The key point about this topic is that you don’t have to be a professional to write, share, or discuss about the news as explained by “Citizen Journalism”.


Metaliteracy and Me

Metaliteracy is an innovative way to view and share information in different formats especially via the internet. The internet allows the people to access information instantly. If I were to become more metaliterate then I would be able to find the most accurate and revelant information I need effectively. This would be extremely helpful in my research in school and my career in the future since I am constant trying to find information. In addition to, websites like MOOC would give scholars and people, who want to learn, a place to discuss and exchange ideas. These websites would be a go to place to avoid the nonsense and other irrevelent interaction that is associated media like Facebook and Twitter.