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Welcome MultiMOOC, with a glance at ETMOOC

January 15, 2013

It’s nice to resurrect this blog and to see so many familiar faces of contributors here.  I hope MultiMOOC participants will join as well, as this blog has a set of affordances different from others, which need to be experienced to be well understood.  It’s a good blog for students because it can work via email.  Participants can post via email, and subscribers can recieve those posts via email and reply to the email to leave comments.  This creates a user-friendly forum that threads on the original post.

I’ve also connected this blog with ETMOOC, Alec Couros’s new MOOC at http://etmooc.org/. MultiMOOC and ETMOOC run on similar sets of principles.  The principles for MultiMOOC are articulated in many places at http://goodbyegutenberg.pbworks.com.  Let’s see where ETMOOC’s are similar:

From http://etmooc.org/orientation/

Rather than use an LMS, “an array of ‘small tools, loosely joined’ will be adopted as to provide participants with an authentic, networked-learning experience.” This derives from David Weinberger’s characterization of the Internet social jigsaw as being ‘small pieces loosely joined’ http://www.smallpieces.com/index.php. Similarly to MultiMOOC, ETMOOC’s tools or pieces include Twitter, Google+, Bb Collaborate (Elluminate), a mailing list, a blog portal and “your blog” which gets listed at http://etmooc.org/hub.  MultiMOOC experiments with other tools as well, for example one of our moderators (Ana Cristina Pratas) is hoping to make use of Edmodo.  It’s good to experiment, though this can confuse participants, so if you’re getting confused, you can limit your array of interaction with our group to just a few tools; perhaps our Yahoo Group mailing list, Twitter, and maybe our Posterous blog? Well, try and be daring, but you choose.

Aggregation of blogs is tricky.  Stephen Downes uses a gRSShopper script, essentially the same technique to register known blogs and then “aggregate” just those; whereas I leave it more to chance by using http://spezify.com/#/evomlit. This is why we have two tags for MultiMOOC.  The tag #evomlit canvases the community of previous participants in the course, whereas this URL http://spezify.com/#/mmooc13 is intended to gather content just for MultiMOOC 2013. As can be seen, that latter tag has been used before, though we might be able to suppress prior content if we use it often enough.  

I’m asking our MultiMOOC bloggers and tweeters to use both tags in their posts to try and populate these aggregations.  http://spezify.com/#/etmooc looks like a winner though 🙂

I like the look and feel of ETMOOC.  My web design skills are rudimentary, but I notice that most most MOOCs are more imaginatively navigable than mine.  On the other hand MultiMOOC is not a MOOC per se but it’s a session about MOOCs.  But it’s designed on MOOC principles.  These principles are given in a nutshell at the ETMOOC portal, <a href="http://etmooc.org/.

http://etmooc.org/.</p>

First you must understand that we are cMOOC and not an xMOOC.  The c in cMOOC stands for connectivist and as the ETMOOC portal states:

  • “cMOOCs are not proscriptive, and participants set their own learning goals and type of engagement.
  • cMOOCs are discursive communities creating knowledge together.

These are key characteristics that, once understood, may either reduce or increase anxiety levels of first-time participants. While the organizers will design environments  provide sessions, nurture interactions, and outline activities, the active learner plays a dominant role and choice and autonomy are key.”

The ETMOOC portal page points to Dave Cormier’s post on the topic: http://reflectionsandcontemplations.wordpress.com/2012/08/23/what-is-a-mooc-w…

Dave coined the term MOOC in 2008. He is scheduled to talk to us at MultiMOOC at 1400 GMT on Sunday Jan 20: http://learning2gether.pbworks.com/w/page/32206114/volunteersneeded#SunJan202…

We’ll find out more from him then.  I’m hitting the end of my window of time I have to post here.

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  1. Anonymous permalink

    <html><body><div style="color:; background-color:; font-family:bookman old style, new york, times, serif;font-size:12pt"><div style="font-family: ‘bookman old style’, ‘new york’, times, serif; font-size: 12pt;"><span>Thanks Vance ~ great (and very helpful) comparison. I’m also recommending both to local teachers and adjunct faculty colleagues who want to work on internet teaching/communication toolkit and social media skills. Although #mmooc13 is an EVO workshop focusing on English language teaching, it is also be useful for anyone teaching language arts or writing (composition). Actually, I make this recommendation every year. &nbsp;</span></div><div style="font-family: ‘bookman old style’, ‘new york’, times, serif; font-size: 16px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-style: normal;" class="yui_3_7_2_15_1358257653099_50"><span><br></span></div><div style="font-family: ‘bookman old style’, ‘new york’, times, serif; font-size: 16px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-style: normal;" class="yui_3_7_2_15_1358257653099_50">I will also share your informative post with a friend of mine who teaches college composition and signed up for her very first MOOC, #etmooc.&nbsp;</div><div style="font-family: ‘bookman old style’, ‘new york’, times, serif; font-size: 16px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-style: normal;"><span><br></span></div><div style="font-family: ‘bookman old style’, ‘new york’, times, serif; font-size: 16px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-style: normal;"><span>Although I missed yesterday’s etmooc orientation, I checked the #etmooc tag on Twitter and saved links for the session recording and a good review post. No doubt there will be more today.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="font-family: ‘bookman old style’, ‘new york’, times, serif; font-size: 16px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; font-style: normal;"><span><br></span></div><div style="background-color: transparent;"><span><div style="background-color: transparent;">Recording of ETMOOC orientation session, <a href="http://t.co/3f2EDtRy">http://t.co/3f2EDtRy</a></div><div style="background-color: transparent;">Reflections on orientation <a href="http://jeffdmerrell.wordpress.com/2013/01/14/reflections-on-the-etmooc-orientation/">http://jeffdmerrell.wordpress.com/2013/01/14/reflections-on-the-etmooc-orientation/</a></div></span></div><div style="font-family: ‘bookman old style’, ‘new york’, times, serif; font-size: 12pt;"><br></div> <div style="font-family: ‘times new roman’, ‘new york’, times, serif; font-size: 10pt;"> <div style="font-family: ‘times new roman’, ‘new york’, times, serif; font-size: 12pt;"> <div dir="ltr"> <font size="2" face="Arial"></div></div></div></div></body></html>

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    <div dir="ltr">Thanks Vanessa, I got your comment in email and hit reply to leave my own comment. ??So easy :-)<div><br></div><div>Vance</div><div><br><br></div></div>

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    <html><body><div style="color:; background-color:; font-family:bookman old style, new york, times, serif;font-size:12pt"><div><span>What a coincidence…that’s what I did too… ;D</span></div><div><br></div> <div style="font-family: ‘bookman old style’, ‘new york’, times, serif; font-size: 12pt;"> <div style="font-family: ‘times new roman’, ‘new york’, times, serif; font-size: 12pt;"> <div dir="ltr"> <font size="2" face="Arial"></div></div></div></div></body></html>

  4. Anonymous permalink

    etMOOC seems to be having a somewhat heated discussion of the methodology of the course. There seems to be an opinion that there should be shared outcomes of some sort rather than primarily individual outcomes. Normally, one shared EVO outcome is that of forming/extending/deepening an online CoP. Is it bit like "bumper boats" ( I always liked them more than bumper cars); each of us in our own little boat in the water but in constant movement, nudging and swishing around the other boats as we "navigate chaos intuitively" (Suzanne Nyrop)?

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    <div dir="ltr">Thanks for reporting back from ETMOOC. ??This is another strong aspect of a community of learners, that the individual's knowledge is enhanced by the knowledge in the network (the room is as smart as the smartest person in the room)(who shares, I might add).??<div> <br></div><div>This has cropped up in previous MOOCs, the idea that the MOOC should foster some overt collaboration. ??Dave Cormier addresses this in his short and highly approachable videos. The goal of being in a MOOC must be individual. ??Why else would you volunteer to learn? ??If collaboration is YOUR desired outcome, then that is at once a collective and an individual goal. ??But MOOCs make that possible. Perhaps not as a whole group movement (though the implicit goal of Change MOOC was as the name implies; but individual changes were perhaps more the norm).</div> <div><br></div><div>Dave says that people in MOOCs tend to cluster and then focus with the people they network with. ??He says that one of the greatest benefits of a MOOC is the network of colleagues you gain from it.</div> <div><br></div><div>If you're free today at 1400 gmt you can meet Dave and ask him about this. ??He's in ETMOOC as well.</div><div><br></div></div>

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