Down to the wire: MultiMOOC 2.014 starts Monday
I hope to keep this blog ticking over, as well as my one at http://adVancEducation.blogspot.com, during the EVO sessions January 13 to February 16, 2014. At this writing we are just two days short of our start date. In this post I hope to preview what we expect might happen over the next 5 weeks in the MultiMOOC session.
There is an online kickoff event this Sunday from 1400 to 1600 GMT in Blackboard Collaborate / Elluminate.http://learningtimesevents.org/webheads/. You can attend in person or catch the live stream at http://webheadsinaction.org/live. There is more information at
We don’t start officially until Monday after the kickoff but at that time we will be asking anyone who plans to interact with us to post introductions on our Google+ community at http://gplus.to/multimooc. You’ll want to join that community (it might ask you if you want to activate Google Plus, if you haven’t already). You might want to activate notifications there as well if you want to be alerted when someone posts there. This may or may not bloat your inbox, depending on how much traffic we have, but it will keep you in the loop, or you can simply visit the community from time to time and see what new faces have posted there.
We have two co-moderators for this session. One of them, Ali Bostancioglu, is in Turkey for family matters at present but when he returns to his studies in UK he intends to be more active and help us focus on openness in learning. The other co-moderator is Jim Buckingham, whom I have known for some time as a colleague in UAE. He has developed an abiding interest in badges lately and taken at least one MOOC on the topic. Earlier today we met in Google+ Hangout to discuss how we might introduce badges in MultiMOOC (and he also explained how to activate, or deactivate, if you are getting overloaded, email notifications in Google+ communities)
MultiMOOC sessions go for 5 weeks. The first week starting Monday Jan 13 is orientation, where we re-iterate the points we are making here and give newcomers a chance to absorb the culture of connectivist self-directed learning. The second week is for declaring, which means figuring out what you want from this session (which might mean choose a MOOC you want to pursue) and tell us why you made that choice. The third week is for networking, which could entail getting involved in other MOOC networks and reporting back. By then our syllabus (chock full of readings and videos you can enjoy or ignore) has usually gone out the window as people cluster in Week 4 on whatever opportunities and tangents have arisen by then, and the last week is for focus and denouement, which would ideally entail your compiling a small ePortfolio of what you have accomplished in the session, and show us how you have met your expectations. Along the way we have some interesting speakers and live sessions. For more on that, see the program here:
Engaging the MOOC in MultiMOOC
What you can be doing now and this first week
- I’ve prepared what I hope is a concise explanation of what the course is about this year
- I mentioned above my draft book chapter on the relationship between EVO, Webheads, Webheads in Action Online Convergences, Learning2gether, MultiMOOC, SMALL (Social Media Assisted Language Learning), and the role of chaos in learning, which you can read at the end of:
- You can also fill in our Google form at
This is mainly to get some evidence that people are here (as well as to give us all some knowledge of who we are).