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[multilit] tips needed

September 12, 2011
I spent a little time today getting myself oriented with EpCoP MOOC and Change MOOC.  Change MOOC is officially starting Sept 19 (their ORIENT week is this week so if you’re planning to touch on what they are up to, get signed up at

EpCoP MOOC is a little difficult for Robyn and I to attend the live seminars.  They are either at 1 a.m. GMT or at 10 a.m. GMT.  The first time is 5 a.m. for us in the UAE though the later time is possible on Thursdays.  In any event I teased out their schedule and put it up at If you can’t make the live sessions they have an archive of recordings which you can get at  I put a few of the links up at the learning2gether site.  They explain how PLNs work, why and how to use e-portfolios, and explain many of the tools involved.  It might be interesting if anyone is interested in reviewing some of those recordings if you could check out those that interest you and report back here or leave us a blog post at (if you’re a contributor you can write a quick review and email it to  I’ll cc this there and see what happens 🙂

Regarding the question below, one of the half dozen who came to our live conversation last night mentioned that their partner liked to read all his tweets word for word. Allowing for personal preferences and modalities, I don’t recommend that anyone do that. I probably read fewer than 5-10% of the tweets that come through my stream.  There are tools and techniques to manage the flow, but they are premised on the idea that we filter what we want from the ongoing stream and ignore the rest.  This is what we do naturally with media such as newspapers, radio, TV, magazines.  There is a lot of information out there, it’s just that when we see magazines at a news stand we have no urge to read them cover to cover (even if they come in the mail, do you read them word for word?).  For some reason, a new medium comes along. we turn on a small easily manageable stream, it quickly becomes a flow, a deluge, and we feel overwhelmed.

This is one mindset that we need to develop with regard to Internet media, that we don’t have to absorb it all.  This course is an experiment in that mindset.  It’s a 4 week course, you’re already through the first week, the fact that you mentioned all the spaces listed at means that you got it, you found them, you succeeded.  Your only problem now is that you can’t possibly take it ALL in.  Don’t worry about it, just enjoy what you can 🙂  Filter what you want, ignore the rest (or maybe bookmark or file or develop a system for remembering where the potentially useful information is, that’s another multiliteracies skill :-))

There’s only one checklist, it’s at the above URL. Once you’ve become comfortable with the idea that you’ll be happy to savor what morsels of interesting information appeal to you as a result of exposing yourself to the stream, then your goal in the course is simply to decide what it is you’d like to focus on, create a space somewhere to anchor that (so you can point us to it) and document there what have done in the course.

When each of us does that, you’ll learn from the process and we’ll learn from one another.  As George Siemens says, this is a departure from the idea that there is a sage on the stage who knows the best path to greater knowledge.  The idea is that the knowledge in a connected, connectivist world is in the network.  We learn from developing and exploring our networks, and that is what we’ll do in this course.

Week 1, orient, check, you did that, you found the spaces.  Week 2, declare, time to tell us who you are and what you think you’d like to do here.  Week 3, network and cluster, start utilizing the network to find the people with the information whose knowledge best resounds with you.  Week 4, focus, in our case, in a Me-Portfolio.

And that’s the course.  Simple, hopefully enjoyable, all directed at you and what you want to learn. It’s different from what we’ve previously experienced perhaps, but I think we can learn from it.  We have good feedback from previous participants.  Maybe some would like to comment?


On Mon, Sep 12, 2011 at 7:41 PM, a participant wrote:



Vance, I am getting a bit lost. Could you help me out? Which place should we focus on for materials, postings, instructions etc for this course? I am afraid that I am getting a bit overwhelmed by finding information on Fb, yahoogroups, posterous, goodbyegutenberg, etc. As I jump from each site, I find readings or checklists for the first time and then I realize how behind I am. Thanks for pointing me in the right direction.


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  1. Anonymous permalink

    <html><body><div style="color:#000; background-color:#fff; font-family:verdana, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt"><div>I’m making this short and fast before my ride to town comes. I migh forget by the time I get back: for the sweet spot for Arabic on Blogger, go to settings and from there to language and formatting. Scroll down that page to Language. Voila – pull down language menu and select which Arabic you want. Below it are menus for translation and transliteration…. comments etc on the rest of the post later</div><div><br></div><div style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: verdana, helvetica, sans-serif; "><div style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: ‘times new roman’, ‘new york’, times, serif; "><font size="2" face="Arial"></div></div></div></body></html>

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    <html><body><div style="color:#000; background-color:#fff; font-family:verdana, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12pt"><div><span>PS a 2 word tip for the overwhelmed: Google Reader</span></div><div><br></div><div style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: verdana, helvetica, sans-serif; "><div style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: ‘times new roman’, ‘new york’, times, serif; "><font size="2" face="Arial"></div></div></div></body></html>

  3. Vance permalink

    Hi Vanessa, thanks for being a consistent participant in the Multiliteracies course. Robyn was writing about the problem where the whole interface from the start appears in the language of the country you happen to be in, so you have no hope of finding the dashboard to take you to settings and so on. You can’t even log in. There is a bit of text on that page (in Chinese, Crylic, whatever) where you can pull it down, and if you can read the word English in the foreign script, and click that, the sun rises, birds chirp, etc.Thanks especially for the second tip 🙂 Yes, that’s what we need to do now. First of all, everyone who plans to participate in the Me-Portfolio part of the course needs to fill in the form at, check our view of the data here: If you want anything changed let me know and I can share that document with you at the gmail profile you gave there and you can go there and alter it.Third, your Me-Portfolio link in particular should be accurate because that’s the link we’ll want to share at our Google Readers. That’s how we’ll track from now on what each of us is doing in this course.

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