If you haven’t read my initial Blog Post that pitches my project idea, please do so by clicking here. This blog post is to further contextualise the below Update Video on my ongoing project of managing an educational Discord Server.
Engagement with Subject Content
In reference to the lecture we received in Week 8 labelled “Cyberculture: Cyborgs”, we are reminded of a quote by Marshall McLuhan that explains how humans are already existing cyborgs. This is explained by the notion that ‘technology is an extension of human physical, social, psychological and intellectual functions’.
Relating this to my project of the educational Discord Server, I believe it is fair to say that Discord as a digital tool is an extension of various human processes. While it is mainly an extension of social interaction just like any other forms of social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Reddit), I would now also argue that it’s an extension of collaboration. Specifically in relating to education and learning.
I would also reference further back to Week Five, where the topic revolved around ‘Future Cultures – Operations Research and Think Tanks’. Discord as a digital tool that houses many forms of aggregation, especially of people, communication and content – it could be seen as an example of an evolved, constantly operational ‘think tank’ that further progress the speed at which humanity could evolve.
The remaining goals for the project are rather simple. I plan to gather quantitative data through simple surveys (Google Surveys) and short polls (Straw Polls), in an attempt to understand the general reaction to Discord as a remote learning tool. I believe this to be an important final step so that I can show the results to future employers or educators that are looking for ways to enhance their operations.
Official Discord Blog. 2020. How To Use Discord For Your Classroom. [online] Available at: <https://blog.discord.com/how-to-use-discord-for-your-classroom-8587bf78e6c4> [Accessed 7 May 2020].
Sharoff, L., 2019. Creative and Innovative Online Teaching Strategies: Facilitation for Active Participation. The Journal of Educators Online, 16.
Dunlap, J. and Lowenthal, P., 2018. Online educators’ recommendations for teaching online: Crowdsourcing in action. Open Praxis, 10(1), p.79.