Hi everyone, I'm back in Abu Dhabi.
Thanks Jen for taking care of the shop while I was away. I think Jen is off on a well deserved holiday now. Dennis has had to drop out as co-moderator. It's Nelba's and my turn to guide proceedings.
George Siemens once told us that his job in directing a MOOC, a massive online open course, was to provide cohesion and content. It is up to the participants to network and glean knowledge from that content.
I met with Rita Abdelnour just the other day in Lebanon. She participated in this event at this time last year (and she's lurking in this one, hi Rita :-). She told me it was difficult for her to see the cohesion in what we had laid out in our syllabus. I told her I appreciated that feedback, and I would like to try and explain more here in simple terms.
I guess you could say that so far we have laid down certain foundations. One is that we are applying in this course a MOOC framework where I have taken the liberty to call this a miniscule online open course. I have changed massive to miniscule because I think the framework scales, and you can find clear (and brief) explanations of the concept in Dave Cormier's 3 videos in the first three weeks of the Goodbyegutenberg syllabus; for example the last one here, about knowledge in a MOOC: http://goodbyegutenberg.pbworks.com/Week3EVO2011
I explained how this concept is applied to this course in my last Sunday presentation Jan 16. You can find the recording here:
In this presentation I echoed Dave's suggestion that to find your way through a MOOC you need to orient, declare, network, cluster, and focus. Many of you are well on your way to doing all of these things. What this means is you orient yourself in the materials that are laid out for you (see what berries are available in the bush and plot how you will access the ones that appeal to you most). You then declare your intention to interact (in an introduction perhaps -- you make yourself known to others). You then network with the others in the group. This network actually is one of the great outcomes of a MOOC, it's what you take away from the MOOC that enables further learning afterwards. You eventually find people in the network who wish to pursue knowledge similar to what you are interested in. For example, some here have done this successfully in the Facebook thread. Finally you focus on the knowledge you wish to gain.
For focus, we suggest you start or augment your eporfolio. This will be our most significant thread during the remainder of our allotted time together.
I hope to discuss this with you further today, Sunday, January 30 at 13:00 GMT in Elluminate http://tinyurl.com/y3eh
At that time I plan to talk about eportfolios and why they are an excellent way for mature 21st century learners to track and reflect on their learning goals and accomplishments.
I started using eportfolios with multiliteracies participants in the Jan 2010 rendition of Multiliteracies session. I created a portal for the eportfolios those participants created, here:
In my presentation today I plan to discuss with those present some of the many affordances of eportfolios that make them ideal tools for mature learners to perform self-assessment, and even for institutional assessment for such learners; e.g.
Later I will ask you as participants in the 2011 EVO session on Multiliteracies to share your progress on making your eportfolios to track your learning in this session.
For more background on eportfolios please explore the links in our syllabus here:
Another VERY important concept covered in the first 3 weeks of this session is TAGGING, but we'll explore this thread elsewhere.
I hope to see some of you online later today. For those who can't make it, the session will of course be recorded. For more information about our Sunday events see: http://learning2gether.pbworks.com/