Today I graduated from the University of Cape Town with my masters degree in philosophy, with a specialization in the use of information and communication technologies in education. My masters was awarded with distinction as I received a significantly high overall grade from my coursework and dissertation. It’s a great accomplishment and reflects closure on what I came to do in Cape Town, South Africa. I was fortunate to be able to cross the stage with three of my colleagues with who I engaged in coursework in 2009, my senior professors and friends. It was a beautiful day to graduate … phew!
University of Cape Town Graduation
- Submitted my masters thesis — I submitted my masters thesis on September 2, 2011. The thesis titled ‘Student perceptions of the reuse of digital educational materials: A case study of the social outreach group SHAWCO’, explores the potential for the open education movement to assist social outreach programmes. Up until now the open education movement has seen strong growth in [...]
- Beyond the Bibliography — I am currently in the process of completing my masters dissertation. It’s a large document which I have spent the last year or so writing and I am pretty happy with how it has all turned out. I’ll be sharing more about the contents and findings of the thesis in the next little while. As [...]
- Anatomy of an incident: Helicopter cr... — This work was inspired by the “Anatomy of the Osama Tweet“, in which the news of Osama Bin Laden’s death spreads just before it was officially announced by U.S. President Obama. Naturally the original speculative tweet spread virally through Twitter. My colleague Andrew Deacon and I have undertaken a similar analysis of information flows during [...]
- Do we need Google+? — I love Google. Their tools have really changed my life, in many ways making information management a pleasure. Now they’ve launched a new social network meant to help us organize our social life by categorizing our contacts into ‘circles’. The circles are meant to let you control who you share content with. Just as you [...]
- Visualizing Facebook Groups — I have continued exploring ways in which one can visualize Facebook networks. Here I have used the Netvizz application to extract networks of people who have joined a particular Facebook group. You can get access to group network data for any group that you are a member of. I decided to examine the ‘UCT – [...]