As a member of the Digital Panel at Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies I often join their Open Friday sessions and a couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure to hear Klaus Æ. Mogensen speak about ‘Gen Y’ (of which I according to the description belongs to).
One thing that characterizes ‘Gen-Y’ is that we are born digital native, we are creative, spoiled, well-educated and we master distance learning. The last part I personally have no experience with, not in its extended format. A person within my network recently posted on Facebook that she was attending an 11 week long free course. So I thought, in order for me to ‘live up to’ the Gen-Y description I have to try this out. I have now signed up for the same course myself. (Thank you Miss Bergstrøm) I’m attending: “Internet History, Technology, and Security” facilitated by Charles Severance from the University of Michigan, and it deals with:
“The impact of technology and networks on our lives, culture, and society continues to increase. The very fact that you can take this course from anywhere in the world requires a technological infrastructure that was designed, engineered, and built over the past sixty years. To function in an information-centric world, we need to understand the workings of network technology. This course will open up the Internet and show you how it was created, who created it and how it works. Along the way we will meet many of the innovators who developed the Internet and Web technologies that we use today.”
It will kick off June 3rd and I aim to share my first experiences with e-learning right here on the blog.