Monthly Archives: April 2012

Phantom learning in higher education

On this blog post, I have decided to discuss about Phantom Learning. As you all know, Phantom Learning is using the cyber world for our learning materials and classes rather than going to school. Bryan Alexander says that schools will become rare and interaction between people physically will be minimal. In the year 2022, I will hopefully be out of college and I will be in the work force somewhere with in the military.

What i believe will happen in 2022, is that most, if not all, college course classes and credits will be found online. I believe that public schools will still exist, but will not have as many students as they have today. I say this because the parents who can afford to keep their kids out of school and pay for an in-home/online education will do so, in order to protect their children from the other less wealthy kids. I believe that the inequality between the classes will be so high that their will only be a low-class and a high-class. The crime level in the lower class will reach an all time high, even within the schools. So due to crime and economic issues, public schools will have fewer students but will not be totally diminished.

How my work life would hopefully be in the year of 2022, I hope that I would still have to do many things hands on. I would like to be able to go to work everyday and enjoy doing something somewhat laborious for a few hours. I’m an active person, so I hope that the advancement in phantom learning will not totally diminish the daily activities I love to do. For instance, I enjoy running in scenic places. I wouldn’t want to run on a treadmill within my house looking at holograms of a forest. I believe some things should be left untouched and remain to be all natural, but unfortanently somethings will change. As for how this will affect my future job, I’m not sure. Mainly because I don’t really know what I specifically want to do.

My personal opinion of the phantom learning is that it looks really good to us now, but I believe that this will create a negative affect on the life styles of people. I can imagine the rise of obesity and the lack of physical activity. Unless you can make an AR for fat people in which they eat fake hologram food, then I cant see any good arising from this phantom learning.


Personal Cyberinfrastructure

Being a university student in the digital age, I feel, is more convenient and easier. I use digital media as a tool for endless information, and with today’s technology, it has  been easier than ever to find any information at any given time. As long as a student does not procrastinate, is focused, and dedicated to their studies, then school would be easy and enjoyable. But, there are the majority of the students who have found that this digital age to be full of entertainment and distractions. None the less, with the assistance of today’s technology, access to information is endless and convenient, thus creating an easier and relaxing learning environment for university students.

What I hope to gain from my university experience is knowledge and wisdom that will stay with me for the rest of my years. With today’s digital media, I can make sure that all information that I have learned will stay with me. I have the ability to go beyond my very own memories, and even continue to learn after my university years. With the internet, I have the ability to search and obtain information of things I once knew or did not know about. I  also have the ability to save every document I have ever written or received, and if there is ever a time that I can not find information in the cyber world, then I have the ability to contact any professional in the world to ask information I can not find (via e-mail).

What Gardner had written about LMS did not resonate in me. Although he said that LMS is not progress, I see it as progress. The convenience to find out your grades or what information your professors want you to know makes it easier for the students. But Gardner did go on to speak of a better way for both teaching staff and students could creatively express their learning and cooperation. Although I agree with what Gardner wrote about, I still believe that he undermined the potential and convenience of the LMS system.

Movie scenes that changed my life

Assignment: For this assignment, select scenes from 3-5 movies. These scenes should represent scenes that changed your life or made some sort of dramatic, traumatic, lasting, or emotional impact on you. When you have selected those scenes, create a video that shows the scenes and includes audio/video of you describing what it is about the scene that made a significant impact on you, what you are fond of about the scenes, what scares you, what you remember thinking when you were a child, etc. Feel free to be liberal in your interpretation of the instructions. Keep in mind, however, that the primary point is to recall 3-5 movie scenes that have made a lasting impact on you (whatever the reason for that impact may be.)

Process: Well I have no experience or any knowledge of how to put scenes from other movies into a short film with nothing but my own commentary on the background. But I felt that this assignment was too special to passed up. So I have chosen 5 trailers from 5 movies that has greatly impacted my life, in no particular order.

1. Pursuit of Happiness

This film is one of the most inspiring films I have ever seen. This film has taught me to stop at nothing to achieve my goals. Not only is this film dramatically inspiring, I belive it was one of Will Smith’s best acting ever done on-screen.

2. Marley and Me

Marley and Me was the first movie (and maybe only) movie that I have ever cried watching. I didn’t cry from laughter, I cried because the ending was just too sad. I have a dog too so this movie really got to me. This movie changed my life because it made me realize, I should cherish every moment with those I care about most, because were all gonna die someday.

3. Forrest Gump

Forrest Gump… not much to say about this movie. Probably the best movie made in all time. This movie taught me that you can do a lot in one life time, taught me that anybody you meet might be famous one day, and it has taught me that life is a box of chocolates. It wont last long for fat people.

4. The Truman Show

I’m not sure what this movie taught me, but this was one of the first movies that popped into my head when I started brainstorming my most inspirational movies. I remember being insanely paranoid after I watched this movie as a kid. I would try to run in the middle of the street and see if a car would stop if I held my hand out.

5. The Matrix

The Matrix didnt teach me to dodge bullets or anything, but I did learn what the future holds for the new generation of action movies. But that’s a topic for another blog, this movie does depict what I believe the future of the cyberworld will look like. I believe that the internet will become such a large majority of our lives that we will eventually find a way to upload our brains into the cyberworld. At first, this seems like a good idea, until robots destroy our world, then we prefer to live in a fake world because we know that reality sucks. Much like video games.

Sources: I have embedded all videos from YouTube.