MOOC

Last week on TTT, a group of us got together to talk about intergenerational MOOC participation and what might happen if there were a cMOOC focused on the idea of Genius Hour. Here's the video:       Toward the end of the session, Peggy George asked "What's your 'purpose' for offering it and what would be the kids' purpose in wanting to be part of it?"   Great questions so I'm answering them...
Keywords: MOOC, clmooc, genius hour
(cross-posted from K12 Open Ed) A few of us have been talking about the idea of fostering cross-generational participation in cMOOCs lately, and as I think about this my mind keeps coming back to the idea of Genius Hour as a MOOC. For those unfamiliar, the idea of Genius Hour (also sometimes called Google 20% time) is to give students some dedicated time to pursue their own passions. Whenever I...
Keywords: MOOC, moocs, cmooc, clmooc
(cross posted from K12 Open Ed) The cross-generational learning experiences that I’ve participated in have been uniquely powerful. This is leading me to think about how we might include more youth in our connectivist learning MOOCs. My question is – what would incentivize youth to participate? In many ways, this is the same question I am often asked about getting educators to participate in opt-...
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(cross-posted from K12 Open Ed)  Over the last year, I’ve learned a lot about MOOCs, both as a participant and as a facilitator, in all cases as a learner. Much like my learning curve with Twitter, I dove deep and went from “meh” to “wow.” One of my biggest leaps in understanding came when I realized that “all MOOCs are NOT created equal,” and in fact, there are huge differences between xMOOCs...
(Originally published by CUE in OnCUE, Winter, 2013, Vol. 35, No. 4. Republished with permission.) Making a MOOC: What we learned in #CLMOOC Making a MOOC: What we learned in #CLMOOC MOOCs—massive open online courses—are undeniably popular in educational circles, and predictions are that they might just revolutionize how learning takes place. Gathering considerable media attention and investor...
As mystical as Twitter can sound to those who don't use it, others, like me, find that it can be a venue for surprisingly deep conversations.  In particular, Twitter chats can be a great way to explore a topic with a group of like-minded folks. In a typical Twitter chat, an hour-long synchronous discussion is held around a specific set of questions. Tweets that are a part of these chats are...
telephone-credit.jpg All rights reserved. In facilitating a massive open online course or collaboration (MOOC), one consideration is how you will communicate with your participants. There are more direct methods like email; social media-based methods like Twitter, G+, and Facebook; and others like web sites and blogs. In working on the Making Connected Learning...
The technical aspects of how to develop and host a MOOC are often one of the first challenges developers tackle. While the technical decisions we made regarding CLMOOC were important, they grew out of our planning process and our overall ethos. This section of the resource discussed the platform decisions MOOCs must make, as well as some details on different tools we used and how we used them. In...
Keywords: MOOC, clmooc, WordPress, #clmooc
In planning for massive open online courses or collaborations (MOOCs), I often think about the dynamics of self-direction in a peer learning context. How do you get learners actively driving their own learning experiences? It's not as easy as it might appear. At the P2PU School of Ed, we’ve played with this quite a bit with varying degrees of success. We’ve tried “hack the syllabus,” design your...
Openness is an important piece of thinking about Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). However, there are many aspects of what "open" means to consider, and all MOOCs are not as open as others. For the Making Learning Connected MOOC (CLMOOC), openness was very important. We wanted to be open in many respects: Open to anyone to enroll Content open and viewable to anyone on the web Open in terms of...

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