MOOCs as ecologies – or – why i work on MOOCs

Finally a few minutes with me putting down my new guitar attachment, the cottage plans and the general fun of having a two and a five year old and a partner doing her phd to talk about some of the interesting work coming up. I haven’t been engaged in much of the debate around where … Continue reading “MOOCs as ecologies – or – why i work on MOOCs”

An open university prep course – MOOC for basic skills

I’ve been interested in the potential of running a massive open online course for basic skills for a while now. Most of the open courses that we’ve run so far have been geared towards experienced learners. While there does not seem to be any correlation between ‘web experience’ and success, I feel pretty comfortable in … Continue reading “An open university prep course – MOOC for basic skills”

MOOC newbie Voice – Week 2 Big Data… must be important… it’s big!

Response to my week 1 slackers guide was quite nice thank you very much so i thought i would take a run at doing week 2. I found the title of this week a touch intimidating but found the actual articles quite approachable. There is something going on with data out there, and we are … Continue reading “MOOC newbie Voice – Week 2 Big Data… must be important… it’s big!”

MOOC newbie voice – a slackers entrance into lak11

As LAK11 starts to ramp up (for me at least, I”m a few days behind) I thought i would take a shot at being a useful helper/facilitator for the course. My hope during this six weeks is to give a tad more guidance than i normally would in an open course and provide a safe … Continue reading “MOOC newbie voice – a slackers entrance into lak11”

MOOCs, knowledge and the digital economy – a research project

Sometime in June Sandy McAuley, Bonnie Stewart, George Siemens and I decided to apply to SSHRC for funding for researching the place of MOOCs in the digital economy. We did a little work creating videos to allow people to understand what was going on in a MOOC and decide if it was something they might … Continue reading “MOOCs, knowledge and the digital economy – a research project”

Cluster and Focus -> Surviving week 4 of a MOOC

Had a quite excellent weekend of meetings with George Siemens, Sandy McAuley and Bonnie Stewart regarding our research on MOOCs. We’ve rewritten a good deal of the stuff from the video I released a few weeks ago about how to be successful in a MOOC based on some of the feedback we’ve gotten, some discussions … Continue reading “Cluster and Focus -> Surviving week 4 of a MOOC”

My dream of an open course – Bob Dylan MOOC

As people have become fond of mentioning, i have alot going on right now… and don’t have the time to take on another project. But I have a project in my head that i’d really, really like to try. I want to do a bob dylan open course. My feelings about how knowledge gets created … Continue reading “My dream of an open course – Bob Dylan MOOC”

Teaching the second little pig – rhizomatic knowledge, MOOCs and other open things

As previously mentioned here… I was asked by Steve Warburton (congrats on the (nicely named) new project steve!) to do a presentation on MOOCs for the evolve community. This has sent me off on a wild tangent trying to come to grips with the implication of open education and the rhizomatic knowledge model (or, say, … Continue reading “Teaching the second little pig – rhizomatic knowledge, MOOCs and other open things”

The CCK08 MOOC – Connectivism course, 1/4 way

To the best of my knowledge, the term “MOOC” comes out of a skype chat conversation I had with George Siemens about what exactly he would call this thing he and Stephen Downes were doing so I could call it something for the ETT show were were planning on the subject. We threw a bunch … Continue reading “The CCK08 MOOC – Connectivism course, 1/4 way”

A Change Sprint – workshopping new ideas in a hurry

During a conversation in my back yard this summer with the excellent Robin DeRosa, she and I decided, once again, that most of us trying to do things differently in education all face the same kinds of issues. We also noted that as our roles become more embedded and visible in our respective institutions, it … Continue reading “A Change Sprint – workshopping new ideas in a hurry”