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Task 2: self-observation and analysis of creating a study plan

Thank you for sharing your experiences regarding digital technology and personal Webpublishing. We are going to have a closer look at these in next coming days.

But let’s move on in the meanwhile…

I guess you all agree that mass media and emerging digital technology have a some sort of effect on all of us by creating globally connected and interactive societies. In order to understand our contemporary culture requires to examine the impact that these technological innovations have.
Rückriem (2009) observes that digitalization has penetrated every societal process and every societal activity system by providing totally new and rather inexhaustible potentials to human practice. The emerging digitalization is gradually changing what we perceive as a potential object of activity, or an artifact that can be turned into a helpful instrument at some point. It is a co-evolutionary process, since human needs, imagination, and activity in turn will shape the further development of the leading medium and new human dispositions emerge (Fiedler & Väljataga, 2012).

Thus, we seem to be living through a transition phase individually and collectively, in which interactivity has become central to this change. For instance, the roles of actors are changing from consumers to producers as we have an opportunity not only to look for information, filter it, but also create and submit new content. We are already witnessing how the roles of designers/ producers and users/consumers are diffusing losing their clear boundaries and typical characteristics. Various (interactive) environments used to been designed by designers and we as users consumed what was produced for us in a way the designers/producers had planned and determined. But, we as users can now take a role of a designer and create our own environments, our own interactions in a way it is desired. The users become designers and the ways users have designed their environments may have little to do with what the designer had originally imagined. We can see that the designer doesnʼt have absolute control anymore, only influence. Development of digital technology has created opportunities for us to design and re(new)-instrumentalise our own activities and (interactive) environments based on our perceived affordances (potential for actions). It enables us to repurpose, re-aggregrate, remix content by combining a range of digital technology.

During the next following weeks we are going to explore how different human activities and their instrumentalisation have changed and explore ways of their representations.

So about the actual task…

First, we would like you to start with self-observation and mapping your own “activity” – creating my study plan for this semester (fall 2012). Finding suitable courses for this semester, making decisions about the courses, scheduling your courses with other activities in your life, coordinating and controlling your resources allows you to reconstruct a process around this activity. Think about of how would you describe this activity to the others in an understandable way, what are the important components of it, process sequencing, interactions which were forced upon you, interactions you created yourself, instruments, etc. Visualize and map the overall structure of this activity and put out a Weblog post. The framework for mapping your activity is free and left to your imagination. Before getting into mapping your activity please provide a bit of context i.e. some information about yourself (where do you come from, what do you do besides studying, etc.).

We have chosen this activity as a common one for all of us, which later on allows us to compare and analyze the differences of this activity, its various perceived interactions and used instrumentalisation.

The deadline for this task is: Sunday, 16th of September, 24.00 (Estonian time)

NB! As this task is not going to take 12 hours of your time, there is another task (some reading) waiting for you this week. Specifics of the second task will follow soon.

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