cat on the counter #mobiMOOC

Over on mobiMOOC, we’re just getting started. Intros all round, a survey, an opening set of questions to address, an Elluminate session and slides, and a practice run on sending images to the mobiMOOC Posterous. Right now, it’s a lot of Bird Here phatic communication and discovering baselines: areas of knowledge, levels of expertise, comfort zones, purposes … Lots of people with g-phones, netbooks, some with iPads and laptops. The range is interestingly broad.

I’m still getting organized. My main input is email from the googlegroup, and a view of the weekly wiki page. So far, the email works, but the group’s thread requires a lot of filtering, and I’d rather work in DT than my mail application. I miss a Daily Newsletter (in the manner of PLENK2010) and the hashtag. And I’ll probably switch over to the RSS feed to keep up with things. Being disoriented at the start of the MOOC is normal (new organization, new facilitators, new countries of origin – UK and Belgium). A good reminder of what it’s like.

I’m also still considering how to handle sharing. The google groups set up encourages posting to the list, but I’d also like to have my stuff closer at hand for later this summer. So, I’m posting on the blog to start with.

This came over the mobimooc google group as a starting point:

2. Pick one of the following mLearning tools: qr-codes, pictures taken via mobile device, movies via mobile device, … and show us how you would use it for learning via either a descriptive picture, movie taken with a mobile device.

The interesting part of this activity is the request to show how we use the mobile technology rather than just explain or describe how we use it. Proof of pudding.

Three ways to use mobile pictures.

1. JIT learning. I needed to repair a plumbing fixure, so I took a shot, brought it in to the local Fleet Farm and got the parts and advice I needed to make the repair. In this case, I used it to learn something I needed to do.

fix this.jpg

2. I occasionally grab the notes I’ve taken on the blackboard. I’ll then either add the notes to the wiki or refer to them to get us started on the next class session. I wouldn’t simply post these and ask students to refer to them. Bad handwriting notwithstanding, it’s my job to curate this stuff.


3. Exhibits and examples. I typically spot images to use in FYC and in other classes while I’m out taking care of daily nuisances like repairing plumbing or buying cat food. I noticed this conflation of a banner image of a cat on a countertop over the Friskies at Target. I’m not sure what to do with this image yet (it says a lot about how marketing people view cat owners) so it goes on Flickr for later – and for possible use by others.


This is what I like about MOOCs: They get me thinking about stuff that has become second nature.



  1. Ha Morgan,

    I can add a use for pictures, when taking pictures, I do take pictures of texts and surroundings with the real intended picture. In that way i always can find back where and with who did i make the picture. Special on congresses and seminars it is handy to be very redundant.

    In expositions etc I take pictures of texts.
    And as the pictures are really good I use the apparatus as a copy machine to copy texts, it has a special function for that. good sharp copies of text, very handy.
    regards Jaap

    1. Hello Jaap –

      I’ve used an iphone app to shoot texts, too. A lot of the work I have my students produce is online already, but some of the multi-modal stuff, or texts in alternative media such as crayon, I shoot, both for the record and for use in class. It would work to distribute the images via DE, too.

  2. Thanks for looking in, Inge. Blackboard snaps are good, but it’s the other uses I’m pushing towards: gathering and archiving sources for later use, geo-blogging physical spaces (as in a virtual walking tour of a city or landscape) … using mobile computing to record and produce stuff as well as access it.

    MobiMOOC’s great. Glad to be a part of it.

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