Groups, cooperatives, collaboratives, swarms...and the ongoing dissertation proposal...
It's been quite a while since I last shared a few thoughts. I guess time flies even if you aren't having fun 😆. In the past few weeks I've been contemplating the direction of my dissertation proposal. I am not changing topics (now THAT would be silly, and an unnecessary amount of work), but I am considering the framing of my argument. The topic (just to refresh your mind) is "Why
MOOC Standards...what do these look like?
Mon, Mar 14 2016 03:00 | axiology, cMOOC, epistemology, Evaluation, MOOC, pMOOC, qualitymatters, research, rMOOC, standards, subjectives, xMOOC
The case of MOOC standards (as well as MOOC sustainability) is something that keeps coming back to me as a topic of pondering. I read about it in other blogs. Then, I want to respond to some of these articles, and bounce off some ideas, but I lose motivation and decide "m'eh" - this topics isn't much of interest. Then, a little while later, my interest on the topic rekindles. I
A way to visualize MOOC students...
Fri, Jan 29 2016 04:30 | #DALMOOC, #rhizo16, Analytics, cMOOC, coursera, EDDE804, education, edx, Employment, futurelearn, instructionalDesign, Learning Analytics, MOOC, motivation, PhD, review, rMOOC, xMOOC
Even though this semester is relatively calm, compared to last semester, I still find myself not writing as much as I think I would like. I've set aside, temporarily, the book I was meant to have finished reviewing last October, on MOOCs, until the semester ends and I can focus on them a little more. One reason for the refocus of energies is EDDE 804. We are focusing on leadership in education,
eLearning, ePedagogy, MOOC MOOC!
Huzzah! Half-way through Macro-Level Learning through Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs): Strategies and Predictions for the Future! This time I am reviewing chapter 6, which is titled Learning Theories: ePedagogical Strategies for Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) in Higher Education. The abstract is as follows:This chapter reviews various learning theories about e-pedagogical
MOOCs, facilitation, and sustainability
Sun, Jan 10 2016 03:30 | #humanMOOC, #rhizo16, cMOOC, facilitation, instruction, learning, lifelong, MOOC, PhD, rMOOC, support, Sustainability, xMOOC
Just before my Athabasca semester starts I am trying to make headway in my Pocket 'to read' collection :-). I had bookmarked this post by David Hopkins a while back where he asks for information about facilitation in MOOCs, and to some extent this runs into sustainability - something we briefly talked about in 2012 at UMass Boston when we hosted the MOOC sustainability symposium.In any case,
Rhizo16 (planning) has begun...
Fri, Jan 8 2016 07:00 | #rhizo16, instructionalDesign, MOOC, motivation, pedagogy, rhizomatic, rMOOC, SNA
...and along with it the usual cast of characters and their zany antics (picture a 90s cartoon here).The debate and brainstorming currently happening is how to welcome new members in a new MOOC when we've all started developing connections, bonds, and rhizomes together over the past couple of years. Will anonymity work? New Groups? Delete old groups? Tea & Biscuits to welcome new members?
Week 2 of 13 sort of done
Sat, Sep 19 2015 04:00 | autoethnography, cMOOC, dissertation, EDDE803, EDDE805, education, INSDSG, learning, MDE620, MOOC, PhD, pMOOC, reflection, research, rMOOC, xMOOC
If I think about it long enough...I would say that rubber has met the road, with week 2 of EDDE803 almost over. People have started being active in the course forums, interesting perspectives and illustrative stories are shared and discussed, and projects are in progress! This semester we are joined by two members of Cohort 6, who I think will be added to our cohort, and thus adding to the diversity
It's the battle of the SPOCs!
Thu, Jul 16 2015 07:00 | #ccourses, #clmooc, #facepalm, #mobimooc, #rhizo14, #rhizo15, cMOOC, critique, EdTech, eduMOOC11, instructionalDesign, MOOC, onlineLearning, pedagogy, PhD, rMOOC, xMOOC
"Fractured Spock" - by me and Net Art Generator, for #clmoocOver the past couple of years, since the silly acronym "SPOC" was invented to denote a course that was the antithesis to the MOOC, a Small Private Online Course, I've had issues with the acronym, and took exception to this new discovery on the part of schools that newly invented this form of education, considering that there are
Rhizomatic Learning - The Practical Guide
Mon, May 25 2015 16:40 | #change11, #rhizo14, #rhizo15, #rhizoANT, ANT, EDDE802, learning, MOOC, PhD, rhizomatic, rMOOC
Well, it's week 6, the last week of #rhizo15 that Dave will host. The topic of this week brings us back to the original topic of this rMOOC: A practical guide for Rhizomatic Learning. It's hard to really come up with something that encompasses the meaning and approaches to rhizomatic learning - heck, I am only now starting to "understand" it and I've only been really thinking about it for
Invasive species, echo chambers, and community: This week on Rhizo15!
Wed, May 13 2015 20:49 | #rhizo15, ANT, communities, community, EDDE802, instructionalDesign, MOOC, PhD, rhizomatic, rMOOC, SocialNetworkAnalysis
I was going for a News show feel with that title. I don't think it came across. The more I think about it the more I am thinking that video might satiate my dramatic tendencies - but that would take more acting talent and more time. It's just text for now! If you have an idea for a name for a Mock News Show (like the Daily Show but for EdTech, drop a comment ;-) )So, week 5 Rhizo15 - this
Goodbye Dave. Hello Dave.
Mon, May 11 2015 03:00 | #rhizo14, #rhizo15, INSDSG601, instructionalDesign, MOOC, open teaching, PLAR, rMOOC, teaching
Dave is really HAL, who is emulating DaveBusy week! Just finished grading my current class, and finished the syllabus for my summer class. Now the next stage in the course development is to create some instructions of the assessments, supporting materials, videos... oh my! I guess this is making me a bit late to this week's Rhizo Party on #rhizo15. I have not read responses of other
Encouraging students to blog for class...and beyond
A report from the field....Traveling home is a good opportunity to catch up with posts made by fellow #rhizo15 participants. It's also a good time to read books and articles. I thought that for this commute I would go to rhizo because Latour is taking forever to make his point in the Actor-Network Theory book I am reading for another rhizo project.I just read a post, by fellow participation,
Learning Objectives...Subjectively learning...learning subjectives...
Wed, May 6 2015 04:00 | #rhizo15, EDDE802, instructionalDesign, learning, learningDesign, MOOC, objectives, rMOOC
I originally intended to do this over the weekend as part of RhizoRadio, but other "to-do" items kicked in and we're back to good-ol' text. I am hitting the rewind button (and you can't stop me), to go back to Week 1 of Rhizo15. The topic of Week 1 (as we are about to enter Week 4) is Learning Subjectives. When the topic came out my head was so steeped in EDDE802 that the topic didn't
The king is dead! Long live the king!
Sat, May 2 2015 17:18 | #rhizo15, content, education, instructionalDesign, learning, MOOC, rMOOC, xMOOC
This week in Rhizo15 we are talking about content. RhizoDave (I think I've decided that's Dave Cormier's new nickname - or his superhero name) has asked us to stretch and pull the word "content" and see what we come up with. The phrase "content is king" has already come up somewhere in Rhizo15 - it may have been on twitter or Facebook, but I guess that's just one of those phrases that
Wed, Apr 29 2015 14:49 | #et4online, #rhizo14, #rhizo15, cMOOC, EDDE802, higherEd, instructionalDesign, MOOC, PhD, rMOOC, SMMedia
This is my mind at the momentI must admit, my attempt at a witty post title probably fell really flat. Oh well, that's why I am not a comedian :-). Out of the fire (EDDE 802) and into the Rhizome! This is technically week 2 (or is it week 3?) of Rhizo15. Normally a cMOOC (or as others in the Rhizo14 gang have named Rhizo - an rMOOC), there is a little disorientation to be expected,
Mon, Mar 16 2015 04:30 | #altcred, #change11, #humanMOOC, #rhizo14, Analytics, canvas, CoI, EDDE802, INSDSG684, MOOC, rMOOC, xMOOC
Worlds have officially collided (either that, or the Rhizome has invaded my mind) ;-) This week is the beginning of Humanizing Online Instruction (or #humanMOOC) on the Canvas Network. As is usually the case, I tend to lurk in more MOOCs than I can actually "complete†"in any given period. Given my homework for EDDE 802, and my teaching work on INSDSG 684 (and let's not forget the day-job),
RhizoResearch - some thoughts brought on by Sunlight and Shade.
Tue, Mar 10 2015 04:30 | #fslt12, #oldsmooc, #rhizo14, cMOOC, critique, dissertation, EDDE802, MOOC, PhD, reliability, research, rMOOC, validity
It is a bit of an odd thing to admit, but ever since I started formal school again in order to pursue a doctorate the amount of pleasure reading has gone down. Now, this is to be expected, time resources need to be allocated differently in order to meet the rigorous demands of a doctoral program. That said, my pleasure reading was research articles anyway, so it's kind of hard to out down
Fri, Feb 27 2015 14:55 | cMOOC, criticalPedagogy, dissertation, EDDE802, education, epistemology, MOOC, PhD, research, rMOOC, SocialNetworkAnalysis
It feels a bit like I've had my nose close to the grind stone for the past few weeks. I looked at my blog to see when was the last time I blogged about class, and it was close to 20 days ago. In semester-terms I think that counts as "forever-ago". To some extent it feels like a great weight has been lifted. The first (of two) major papers is completed and delivered (awaiting
You keep using that word...
Sun, Feb 22 2015 18:31 | #altcred, #CFHE12, #oldsmooc, #rhizo14, cMOOC, coursera, discussion, eLearning, engagement, forums, instructionalDesign, InstructionalTechnology, MOOC, participation, pMOOC, rMOOC, selfpaced, xMOOC
Recently I read an article on Your Training Edge which aims to correct misconceptions surrounding MOOCs. The title of this particular post, and I guess myth that they tried to correct, was "MOOCs Aren’t Interactive, So There’s No Real Learning Taking Place". The basic idea in this misconception is really preposterous. I don't know when interactive became synonymous with learning, but it is
I dream of dissertation...
Fri, Jan 16 2015 17:30 | #remixthediss, #rhizo14, autoethnography, cMOOC, coursera, DBR, dissertation, EDDE802, edx, INSDSG684, iversity, methodology, miriadax, MOOC, OLC, PhD, pMOOC, research, rMOOC, xMOOC
Week 1 of 15, of semester 2 of 8, of doctoral work is about to end! The course that my cohort is focusing on this semester is a research methods course. Luckily neither I, nor it seems many of my classmates, are that new to research methods. It's nice to have the group (or at least quite a few members of the group) exposed to the basics so that we can spend some time in critiquing and going
Of MOOCs, online courses, content, and teaching - whoa, that's a lot!
Mon, Jan 5 2015 07:00 | #ccourses, #change11, #rhizo14, cMOOC, engagement, LMS, MOOC, NoSignigicantDifference, onlineLearning, open teaching, Openness, rMOOC, xMOOC
Alright, being now back from my mini vacation, and back into the regular rhythm of work, reading, and very soon classes, I've caught up with a lot of my saved Pocket articles. The one thing I saw is, still, the very schizo nature of MOOC reporting and commentary. This reminds me a bit of the headlines, back in the day on Engadget and other tech sites, about studies on cell phones causing/not
MOOC thoughts closing out 2014
Sun, Dec 28 2014 07:00 | #cck11, #ccourses, #DALMOOC, #lak11, #rhizo14, 2cents, certification, cMOOC, FUNMOOC, language, miriadax, mobiMOOC, MOOC, opencourseworld, rMOOC, xMOOC
It's the final stretch of 2014! This makes it my fourth year in exploring MOOCs - boy does time fly! When I started off with LAK11 I was really just looking for ways to continue learning for free. While I do get a tuition benefit at work, this also involves standard semesters of 13 weeks, getting work-release time (since online learning isn't covered by the benefit) and retaining the motivation