MOOC

(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...
One of our initiatives at the National Writing Project this past summer was planning, building, and implementing our first-ever MOOC (though instead of Massive Open Online Course, we changed the “C” to mean Collaboration). It was part of the Summer of Making and Connecting, and as intriguing and exciting as this concept may sound to you, I am not here to actually talk about the “what,” but...
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...
Keywords: MOOC, planning, goals, #clmooc
The process of planning a MOOC can be a whole project in and of itself. For CLMOOC, the facilitator team was very involved in the planning process. For many weeks before the MOOC started, we had weekly web meetings in Google hangouts to plan the MOOC. We also used Google Docs extensively to record our meetings. In these meetings, we talked about our goals, our ethos and guiding principles, how we...
I'm not quite sure what I'll be teaching this Fall, but I am sure that I want to make my classroom look and feel more like ds106 and Camp Magic MacGuffin. What is DS106? DS106 is a now-legendary digital media production and story-telling course and nascent MOOC offered by its organizers and the University of Mary Washington that enrolls both university undergraduates and an online cohort of opt-...