- [toread] Digital Learning Spaces – an alternative to traditional Learning Management Systems? Sean Dowling – – (de ple PLENK2010 )
- The False Promise of the Education Revolution – College, Reinvented – The Chronicle of Higher Education – Get a grip. MOOCs are not an educational revolution. Stephen Downes et al have claimed this repeatedly."The students from the bottom tier are often the ones who need face-to-face instruction most of all." – (mooc xmooc de )
- A MOOC is not a Thing: Emergence, Disruption, and Higher Education | Open Education | HYBRID PEDAGOGY – – (#edcmooc mooc )
- Learning as Performance: MOOC Pedagogy and On-ground Classes | Digital Pedagogy | HYBRID PEDAGOGY – – (mooc #edcmooc )
- manifesto for teaching online – Edinburgh nails its theses to the door, loosing the chains of DE. I feel a kin. – (DE Manifesto onlinelearning MOOC PLE #edcmooc )
- MOOC pedagogy: the challenges of developing for Coursera | ALT Online Newsletter – Background piece from Edinburgh on designing their E-learning and Digital Cultures course for Coursera. More than that, however, they define some lines in the pedagogical sand: conservative MOOCs that mimic in-class practice v cMOOCs that experiment with education itself. – (coursera MOOC xMOOC elearning )
- stephen Downes Educational Blogging (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu – it ain't about writing. it's about reading and engaging in community. – (blogging en3177 )
- The Social Relevance of Public Writing – huzza – (none)
- MOOCs trend towards open enrollment, not licensing – – (mooc de )
- How to Storify. Why to Storify. | Digital Pedagogy | HYBRID PEDAGOGY – – (dh curating howto )
- The Twitter Essay | Digital Pedagogy | HYBRID PEDAGOGY – Write an essay in exactly 140 characters that does real work in the world. – (DH twitter FYC )
- Learning as Performance: MOOC Pedagogy and On-ground Classes | Digital Pedagogy | HYBRID PEDAGOGY – "The open and massive nature of MOOCs demands that kind of flexibility. With hundreds of students, only four instructors, and no college credit on offer, there was no practical reason to attempt the impractical task of tracking and assessing performance. Because students dramatically outnumber instructors, the attention to minutiae that sometimes accompanies the assignment of out-of-class work becomes prohibitively tedious. In many of these large-scale classes, the only viable solution is to ignore the problem: why check homework if there is no way to do so effectively at this scale? – (cmooc mooc de Oer )
- Don’t Confuse Technology With Teaching – Commentary – The Chronicle of Higher Education – Bang on target – and succinct. Ok, and a little romantic when it comes to the picture of the university. And, yeah, it makes cMOOC education and xMOOC not education. And that coaching metaphor is a little hackneyed. And maybe it's a little too slick across the board, but worth talking about, maybe? Maybe? – (DE xMOOC MOOC )
- Dozens of Plagiarism Incidents Are Reported in Coursera’s Free Online Courses – Technology – The Chronicle of Higher Education – Students engage in typical humanities course practice – and teachers are surprised. xMOOC makes a good proving ground for patchwork writing. – (mooc xmooc de )
- Half an Hour: The Rise of MOOCs – Stephen Downes on MOOCs and a moral imparative – (mooc #moocmooc )
- Occupy the Digital: Critical Pedagogy and New Media | Theory | HYBRID PEDAGOGY – academic work in the digital – (DH )
#MOOCMOOC is getting started today, and it looks promising, with a modest enrollment so far (early in the day). Here’s the starting point. The platform, Canvas, also looks interesting – not quite roll-your own, but a far cry (thank god) from D2L. The platform can make all the difference. And the duration, a week, is ideal – not just opportune, coming at the end of summer, but an easy span of time to commit to. Sort of an end-of-summer romance. Remember those?
So far MOOCMOOC seems to be firmly a cMOOC, and yet there are a number of participants who are more familiar with xMOOCs. It will be interesting to see how that possible tension plays out. Jamming together the prim and proper, managerial, xMOOCs-wil-save-our-skin types with the cMOOC let-me-learn-in-peace,-thankyouverymucn types – it will be curious to see just what each will bring to the table, and how each will engage the activities. If MOOCMOOC is about testing a hypothesis,
The ExperimentThis MOOC is an experiment. Not a “will it work?” experiment, but a “let’s test an hypothesis” experiment. The hypothesis is the MOOC. The tools we’re using to test it is MOOC MOOC.
then, here’s mine:
My thinking is, and I hope I’m off the mark, that the cMOOC types will actually experiment by producing and testing, while the managerial, xMOOC types will discuss definitions, sustainability, the salvation of education by shrewd and wise management. That is, they will want to discuss their positions rather than testing the MOOC waters by production, curation, remixing, giving back. Hope I’m off base.
And of course I understand that this is not stated as a formal hypothesis and that engaging in a MOOC is not a formal experiment, and what I’m really doing isstating my area of interest and curiosity. But as I was composing my intro to MOOCMOOC, I realized the reason I’m looking forward to this MOOC is that it offers the opportunity to play around a little: experiment, improvise (as Pete Rorabaugh mentions), step outside the teacherly role for a while. A MOOC might push boundaries of learning, but it can also become – or be taken as – a reason for learners to push boundaries, to side-step the complacent, the given, to step a little out of line. It may be out of their control, but when an institution, a university, provides that opportunity publicly, as in MOOCMOOC, it’s bound to aggravate the powers that wanna-be.
- Broadcast Education: a Response to Coursera | Open Education | HYBRID PEDAGOGY – Jump into the debate here, with a very sound and nicely acerbic whack at xMOOCs Coursera. "esse Stommel reminds us in his article, The March of the MOOCs: Monstrous Open Online Courses, that “MOOCs are all untapped potential” and “MOOCs are trainable.” In reality, the shapelessness of the MOOC approach, the vast chaos of it, can likely contribute much more to resurrecting that important connection between student and teacher than can any other form of online learning. Edmundson himself says that “Every memorable class is a bit like a jazz composition. There is the basic melody that you work with. It is defined by the syllabus. But there is also a considerable measure of improvisation against that disciplining background.” And if there is any online educational approach that percusses the way jazz does, it’s the MOOC." – (mooc openeducation oer )
- The March of the MOOCs: Monstrous Open Online Courses | Open Education | HYBRID PEDAGOGY – Good starting point for explanation. – (mooc openeducation oer #MOOCMOOC )