Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Wonder what happens in a MOOC?

Here's an outline.

Alec Couros introduces the cMOOC called etMOOC in a BB session with about 65 of the 1500 participants worldwide, raising the question of what we do now that we have connected.

We step forward first thinking about that most fragile of human currency--trust.  Let's work to maintain it by making contributions and responding thoughtfully to them.

Then choice. Participate as you see fit.
Recognition: Earn badges if you want.
Co-creation: create knowledge.
What can we do with our digital citizenship:
These are our topics: (visit the mooc to see the schedule)
Topics are two weeks long.

We're all sharing a whiteboard. Alec asks a question and dozens of replies appear. Ever asked a question in class and get nothing but stares? This whiteboard technology kills that problem.

We'll be working on digital storytelling---by creating digital stories.

What's digital literacy: the responses pop up on the whiteboard. Writer writes, "I can't keep up." A recurring theme in any MOOC.

Seeing all these responses on the whiteboard changes what I think about classroom discussion. Traditional discussion is sooooo limited. Only a few people talk in class and we all hear just a few short comments. On the whiteboard dozens of ideas appear simultaneously. In traditional class, what's going on in students' minds is mostly withheld, invisible, unheard.

What does the open movement mean to you?
PLNs enable longer-term, ongoing learning as opposed to abrupt end of access to tools, people, content once CMS course is over.

Value of participant-controlled space. Building a personal cyber infrastructure.
Where can people connect? #etmooc

Google+ etmooc community
Three Twitter lists--go to the etmooc site.

1. How are you making your learning visible? [key to digital literacy]
2. How are you contributing to the learning of others?

Makes sense that if we believe connecting is valuable we would ask questions about contributions and visibility. These sessions are also discursive so we're not limited to the visual.

He stresses the value of giving the gift of knowledge--we're engaged in a knowledge exchange.

Interesting that he says not to worry about redundancy with so many people posting. But we all have our own filters and don't see the same redundancies that others see. I suppose that's true--and it's easy to skip remarks in which we're not interested.

Couros offers this metaphor for the class (I just returned from a trip to NYC where every Broadway show is billed as a triumph. This video shows a real one):

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