Friday, November 9, 2012

A note about this module



(The above video of Jacques Derrida has been made available on YouTube
under a Creative Commons license by OER proponent Horacio Potel.)
 

Translation by Stella Bastone: 

0:00-0:59: What is written is finite. That is, the moment that there is inscription, there is necessarily a selection, and there is, therefore, erasure, omission, a leaving-out, exclusion. Whatever I'm saying now, on writing, on this subject of writing which has concerned me all my life, in this privileged way, since I started writing--whatever I might manage to say here and now, with such brevity and in this strange and artificial scene, it will be selective, finite, and therefore as replete with exclusion, with what remains unexpressed, as with what is expressed.
In keeping with a deconstructionist and connectivist spirit, this module is a bricolage of freely-available materials. (In all cases free as in gratis, and most cases also free as in libre.) It was created as part of the coursework for the course MDDE 622, and is a component of a (yet-fictional) course Philosophy of Education, whose overarching outcomes for the learner would include articulating a personal position, to whatever degree interests the learner, on the relationships between specific philosophical movements and educational practice. As libertarian as that.

The original vision for this module was for it exemplify a connectivist approach. (See George Siemens' presentation on connectivist instructional design.) However, in order to fulfill the assignment requirements and demonstrate acquisition of 622's outcomes within the time constraints, this original intention was modified to a more prescriptive design--that is, this current module-assignment incorporates more structure and content, and less context, than a more connectivist learning environment might include. In addition, in a real-world context, the learner would be invited to read selected Derrida works in full, none of which are available under creative commons licenses currently (but whose open availability are being championed by individuals like Horacio Potel of Argentina, whose story inspired Francis Jervis' 2012 PhD dissertation). I recognize too that, while I'm presenting deconstruction and connectivism side by side as an ostensibly open opportunity for the participant to draw their own conclusions, this module's structure does smuggle with it my own ideas about  relationships between the two. So I recognize the various contradictions that this offering holds within it. I have blogged about these at the OpenID site.


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