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Follow-up on ‘Checking the petri dishes: End game analysis for MultiMOOC 13’

This post is the second in a series, following

Thanks Natasa for the great questions.  I changed the subject of this post which will mess up the thread in YahooGroups, but will allow me to post it on Posterous by cc’ing this email to the blog.  If you reply, reply-to-all, and this will cause your reply to reach the YahooGroup and also be posted as a comment on the new blog post.

I wrote an earlier piece on tagging earlier here: http://multiliteracies.posterous.com/the-question-of-tagging

and there I pointed out some places you can go for more information on this fascinating topic.  David Weinberger offers the clearest and most approachable beginner’s guides to what tagging is all about, so check out the links to his videos in the above post.

This topic is so fascinating because an understanding of tagging is key to figuring out how to game your social presence online, and this MultiMOOC session was essentially about that.

As I mention in my post the fact that I knew so little about tagging was the reason I got Barbara Dieu to co-author an article with me on the topic.  I knew I would learn from her about what she knew on the subject (more than me) as we co-wrote our article.  Since then I’ve been learning more about the topic though experimentation, as we have done in this session.

My interest in going to the trouble of doing this session year after year is in learning more about how social networking works.  Since posting yesterday I’ve been reflecting more on the Paper.li test-tube which publishes items tagged mmooc13. Paper.li is simple to study this week because there are only three posts in it, shown here in the Feb 15 archive link:

These posts encompass the time between issues (Feb 8 to Feb 15) and comprise:
As Natasa correctly surmised, Twitter seems robust in aggregating tags on #mmooc13.  If we look at all the tags with that #hashtag that Twitter picked up for that week, we see all of those items listed at Paper.li (compare the Paper.li archive link with this screen shot of the Twitter posts in question):

If Paper.li is harvesting mainly (or only) from Twitter, what about the other posts there? Careful inspection shows that the other posts are all scoop.it links and a link to a hangout. Scoop.it allows simultaneous posting to twitter as scoops are published; apparently Paper.li ignores such posts. And of course, a Hangout would be a temporary link, so it makes sense that Paper.li would not publish that either, since that link would no longer be active by the end of the week when the next edition of Paper.li came out.

So here is what we’ve learned in this exchange.  Just as Natasa feels she should have known the answers before mounting the inquiry in her mind, they are all so simple, this simple truth emerges here.  If you want to aggregate content in your MOOC, diigo or delicious could be one way to do it, but the most robust mechanism currently in most people’s workflow is Twitter.  

The rule is, if you want to appear in our stream, then Tweet the objects you want to appear there. 

Our Tweets are showing up not only in Paper.li, but in Addictomatic as well (all of them, even the scoop.its).  In Spezify on tag search mmooc13, they are the ONLY content of ours that shows.
So, to answer Natasa’s other questions:
  1. In websites that work with tags, the tag appears as metadata in the code. Blogs derive from (or output to) an .xml file. The tags should appear in the .xml code as metadata, separate from the body of the post.  So tags are always external to the content of the post itself.
  2. Twitter’s #hashtags are a special animal unique to Twitter. You can for example search for mmooc13 on twitter and the results will be much different from searching on just the hashtag #mmooc13.  When people deliberately put the # symbol before a word they are indicating to Twitter that they want this post to be aggregated with other posts that include that tag.  So the #hashtag distinguishes that word as being a viable tag as opposed to just any string in the content of that post.
  3. I’m not familiar with Technorati’s blog tag generator.  Technorati will search on blogs for tags given as metadata as described in question #1 above.  That is, Technorati searches the .xml code of that blog for metadata that matches the tag you are searching for.  Technorati used to allow us to find even the most obscure bloggers, such as all those tagging their posts mmooc13. However, as the number of blogs proliferated beyond Technorati’s ability to scale, and as just-anybody’s blog doesn’t fit technorati’s business model and simply clutters results for its corporate clients, they have been ignoring blogs without “authority” for some time now, or at least making it difficult for them to be included in searches.
  4. Finally, regarding the question of Blogger’s ‘categories’ or what other websites might call ‘labels’.  These are tags.  They function in the same way, they are just given a different name.

Resources and further reading

MobiMOOC documented its use of social networking tools here: http://moocguide.wikispaces.com/4.+Designing+a+MOOC+using+social+media+tools 

Meanwhile I noticed this in my Google+ stream today, from Tuba Angay-Crowder, who made a presentation to us on Multimodality vs. Multiliteracy January 27, 2013

http://learning2gether.posterous.com/tuba-angay-crowder-multimodality-vs-multilite

I am not able to view this on Google Play from UAE without invoking a VPN, but it looks like it should provide insights to our discussion.

For something more free and open source, try Howard Rheingold’s recent crowd-sourced e-book on Peeragogy, available via http://peeragogy.org/, and soon to be added to the other fine offerings at

Meanwhile, in a follow up to the follow up

I scooped this post here

Saying

Now, the Scoop.it post will appear in the Twitter search on #mmooc13 but not in the Paper.li, since the above Tweet is embedded in a scoop.  Therefore, to get it into Paper.li I have to Tweet it separately:

So check back on Feb 22 to see if the post (but not its scoop) will appear here:

On Sat, Feb 16, 2013 at 6:54 AM, Natasa wrote:

Vance, 

That was a very thorough post about tagging and aggregating. I can’t tell you how relieved I am that you were able to pull some of my content from the web. The thing is, I believe I am not very good at the technical side of tagging. I understand its importance, but I am not quite clear about the proper way to tag a blog post so that it is aggregated and goes where it should go. In EDCMOOC they are still unable to read my posts in the class RSS aggregator.

So, I would like to ask some questions:

1. When you tag a blog post, do you add a tag at the end of the post, or do you use it as part of the post title? Or both?
2. Do you add # before a tag in a blog post? Or is that only for Twitter? (By the way, Twitter hashtags seem to work perfectly at all times, unlike other tagged content).
3. I still use a Technorati blog tag generator, even though I have given up on Technorati. I simply don’t know how else to add a tag to the end of my blog post. Should I be doing this? Or is there a better way?
4. Finally, a question on Blogger labels. They seem to be different from tags, in that they separate the labelled content into categories. Do they still work like classical tags?

Well, that’s a lot of questions and I have an uneasy feeling that I should have worked out the answers by now.

Thanks in advance,

Natasa

— In multilit@yahoogroups.com, Vance Stevens wrote:
>
> I’ve decided to write a brief reflection on MultiMOOC, having just awakened
> this morning to find a copy of our Paper.li news, weekly edition, laying on
> my virtual doorstep.
http://multiliteracies.posterous.com/checking-the-petri-dishes-end-game-analysis-f

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Checking the petri dishes: End game analysis for MultiMOOC 13

I’ve decided to write a brief reflection on MultiMOOC, having just awakened this morning to find a copy of our Paper.li news, weekly edition, laying on my virtual doorstep.

As I have pointed out many times, MultiMOOC was not a MOOC.  It was an EVO session about MOOCs, especially cMOOCs.  It sought to create experiments which collectively would reveal the inner workings of cMOOCs.  It pointed people to the cMOOC du jour, ETMOOC, to see the results of such experiments in action.

MultiMOOC could not be a MOOC because it wasn’t massive.  Therefore, we had no hope of reaching a critical mass of rich and ongoing interaction possible in other MOOCs (other EVO sessions achieve rich interaction, but not with cMOOC techniques, which is what this session attempted to explore). Nevertheless we mounted experiments in aggregation as best we could and my Paper.li this morning reminded me to have a look in the incubator and see what was in some of the petri dishes we had left there over the course of the session.

Starting with Paper.li there was much less there than in the previous week, showing a diminished enthusiasm for tagging from our participants in general the last week of the course.  Compare the last two editions of Paper.li:
Dispite the paucity of content tagged, the most recent issue reveals much enthusiasm from Natasa, in this blog post
This is a good overview of what was salient in the other EVO sessions Natasa is following, brought to us in MultiMOOC (well, to me, today) via our Paper.li. To me, this illustrates one way how aggregation in MOOCs works, in this small experimental context.

Another interesting comparison of the two papers is that our spammer has taken the week off. Were he to continue, after we stop using the mmooc13 tag, he would be the sole contributor to the newsletter (but then, no one would notice, as we would no longer be generating content on that tag ourselves 🙂

Another thing I notice is that I have not been tagging so assiduously this past week.  The week before, my tagged artifacts dominated the newsletter (i.e. I was doing most of the tagging).  But I think the experiment still shows how it is possible to document a movement online if people in the group tag.

The other petri dishes are in our sidebar at http://goodbyegutenberg.pbworks.com/, direct link here:

Our delicious tags turn up posts that show participants were blogging during the course.  I think I might have tagged these blogs myself when we were discussing tags in weeks 2 and 3; e.g. https://delicious.com/tag/mmooc13.  The blogs include:
If others wanted to game this system and make their blogs appear in our delicious or diigo search, then launch your blog in a browser and tag it, and it should appear at the delicious links above.

Interestingly, the Diigo searches turn up nothing for our session specific tag mmooc13, despite my having ported my delicious tags there (I thought!) though our long-used community tag evomlit is somewhat productive

That latter link points us to Spezify, where the search on evomlit is rich in content, revealing the long-term community use of that tag: http://spezify.com/#/evomlit.  At one point, people were tagging Flickr photos evomlit, and so there are lots of pictures here from conferences, etc. (but no YouTube videos as yet; see comments under Addictomatic below).  Interestingly each time you refresh this page you get different content, all of it relevant to the community of EVO Multiliteracies participants.

Spezify’s http://spezify.com/#/mmooc13 yields results, especially from Twitter, but none of the graphic material here has anything to do with MultiMOOC.  This too is revelatory. When we chose the mmooc13 tag we didn’t check these aggregators beforehand for existing content, which I used to advise people to do (then failed to follow my own advice). It’s not totally compromising if your tag is used by others if your group can generate enough content to suppress rogue content.  In the case of evomlit, our community content is the only content displayed, meaning that this was a well-chosen tag (I did check evomlit for prior content at the time and found it pristine; no one else was using that tag or has since, that we can see).  But with mmooc13, where I didn’t check first for prior content (because Cristina and I agreed on it after rejecting several other options in an IM chat) we now find that others are using that tag with greater frequency than we are.

Addictomatic is a tool similar to Spezify.  Though its display is less attractive, it gathers content into blocks built around RSS feeds from YouTube, delicious, and so on.  As with Spezify, the evomlit search is pretty much all relevant: http://addictomatic.com/topic/evomlit. But unlike Spezify, it is also robust for mmooc13, with no irrelevant posts at all.  In fact, it seems to troll WordPress in particular and thus pulled up two of Vanessa’s posts that I had not been aware of:
It occurs to me after reviewing these results that I can game the system by going into my YouTube account and tagging our Hangouts appropriately.  It had not occurred to me before because Hangout creates the video and posts it without your having to ever pass through your YouTube account.  I have just now taken the trouble to go into my YouTube account and tag some of the videos that had appeared there automatically after our hangouts.  The results didn’t appear immediately, but we now have results in Addictomatic for YouTube videos.  It took about 5 min. for the tags to propagate. So, the experiment worked, and we have just learned a little bit more about controlling our social presence online and hence, organizing participant content through directed use of tags in cMOOCs.

You know, this is a game we can all continue to play long after the course is over.  As you can see we have created a test tube to which we can add tags like scientists might introduce chemicals, and see immediately in the tube the results of those experiments.  With an active and highly reactive MOOC like ETMOOC, you can play with thousands of other participants, but unless your tagged efforts rise to the top somehow, you might never see the results.  So, as with any ecosystem, each input has an effect, but it’s hard to see that effect except under the simplified experimental conditions we are able to achieve with MultiMOOC.

This brings us to Twitter, which is an aggregator of the moment.  It’s very good for getting messages across now, but dated content tends to disappear eventually. Searching on our tags #evomlit and #mmooc13 I find where 

My vision for the EVO MultiMOOC session this year was to have had a few dozen people contributing to the tag feeds, giving all the satisfaction of seeing results of their tagging in our aggregators, while sharing with other members of the group content they were creating and finding.  The group didn’t jell as much as I had hoped for this time around, but enough people played for us to see some results, and as always we have learned by doing things that would be difficult or impossible to discern except through online experimentation.

For me personally, my greatest learning achievement for the course was in learning how to stream hangouts so they could be heard as they happen by people not actually in the hangout.  This overcomes two limitations of hangouts. One limitation is that you can only have 10 in a Hangout at a time, so if there is a stream, any number of people can at least listen, even when the hangout is full.  The other limitation is that it’s hard to tell people where you’ll be hanging out because hangouts are designed to be found through your circles and other social features of Google + so there is no URL to give out until the Hangout actually starts. We overcome this by embedding an etherpad clone text chat adjacent to the stream and giving the hangout URL there. Thus, many Hangouts are announced, but participants can’t enter because there are ten there already, or they have no way of finding the hangout once it has started.
I hope others in the session achieved their learning goals and we certainly appreciate the opportunity for interaction. You can continue interacting with many of us in MultiMOOC and many in the other EVO sessions by joining our Webheads in Action Yahoo Group, here: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/evonline2002_webheads/

For more, read the follow-on to this blog post here:

Following blogs by subscribing to their RSS feeds in Google Reader

As promised this post is to explain how to follow a set of blogs in your Google Reader.  This is a handy technique when following a MOOC or when following a class you are teaching. It works via RSS.  Blogs and many other URLs on the Internet (our Yahoo Groups messages for example) are set up to generate RSS code. When you subscribe to a blog or other RSS-enabled site online, you can tell your feed reader to go to its URL, read the code, and display the contents (or play any mp3 found there) in the FEED READER you are using.

To give the more familiar example, if you ask your class to create blogs and assign your students to post in them or just want to see when they update them, you don’t have to visit each blog individually.  You can just add them to your feed reader, and group them in a folder so you can open a class set to see them at once, or hide them to avoid clutter. When you open the folder, you will see all the blogs listed,but the ones who have added content that you haven’t seen will appear in bold.  So you can just click on the listings in bold to see what the latest content is (no need to open each blog one by one).

All you need is a Google Account (if you have one of those then you must already have a browser and an Internet connection :-). Find READER in the Google menus or go directly to http://reader.google.com.

You also need a list of blogs.  For our EVO class they are listed here:

Get the process started by adding one to your feed reader. I’ll start with this one:

The trick is to add a subscription.  This means, tell READER to track the FEED of this blog or podcast. 
Once subscribed, you can create a folder where you can then direct the subscriptions you wish to add to that group.

Here’s how to subscribe to an RSS feed in Google Reader.

Now we need to create a folder for the blog just added (or place it in an existing folder)

Give the folder a name

And the blog you just subscribed to is added to your reader in that folder.  You can see there is unread content there.

If you click on the item in bold you can view all the unread content.  If you want to set it to alert you to let you know when new content is added, then mark all the items as “read” already.

To add another blog or feed, this time store it in the folder you just created. This screencast shows how:

Now when I post this to http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/multilit/ and send a copy of the email to this Posterous blog, my Google Reader should indicate in bold that I have new content here.

By using this technique you can easily follow a large number of blogs at once, and by clicking on the bold links, see at a glance the nature of the content added to that blog.  You can read the new material in Google Reader, or follow its link to the original post, where you can leave a comment if you wish.

The question of tagging

I found this excellent question in Edmodo: “I need to know what does “tagging” involve, it has always been a mystery to me! Do I have to do it on Twitter? I don´t know how to tag, or find sb else´s tagged post. I´d like to comment other people´s posts but don´t know how.”

Tagging used to be a mystery to me too. It was such a mystery, along with RSS and emerging social networks, that I decided to figure it out by getting Barbara Dieu to co-author a TESL-EJ article with me.  Back in 2007 Barbara knew a lot more about these things than I did, so I learned from her as between us we produced this: 

Dieu, Barbara, & Stevens, Vance. (2007, June). Pedagogical affordances of syndication, aggregation, and mash-up of content on the web.TESL-EJ, 11(1), 1-15. Available: http://tesl-ej.org/ej41/int.html

There is a section there on tagging and its pedagogical implications.  I’ve just noticed that we discussed Bloglines as well.  Google Reader has since become preeminent to Bloglines, but if you’ve read the Week 3 suggested activities, then you may have noticed I suggest you set up a feed reader (I even promised a tutorial on the topic). Our article gives more information on RSS and on tagging, which we applied with great success to a project where students tagged their blog posts WritingMatrix and found each other using Technorati, which unfortunately no longer functions well for blogs with no authority (more on that at http://writingmatrix.wikispaces.com).

But the section on tagging in the article above explains how tagging is a folksonomic system as opposed to a taxonomic one.  David Weinberger has produced excellent explanations of tagging, some of which you probably didn’t notice at the bottom of Week 2
http://goodbyegutenberg.pbworks.com/w/page/61342031/Week2_Declare_2013

Here are the links:

To hear David W describe it very well, I highly recommend you watch his opening to the debate at the supernova link above.  Weinberger uses the Dewey Decimal system as an example taxonomy, created 100 years ago with keywords that are always divided into ten things. The system has worked for 100 years but it must drive librarians nuts trying to fit modern texts and media into the resulting limited and arbitrary structures, and it is said that a book that is shelved a few decimals out of place on a library shelf is lost forever.

The internet has developed a system of folksonomy. In the last two articles above you can read what that is and what the pros and cons are.  Folksonomies are made up on the fly by people who actually use systems.  You can see the difference in a library and Amazon.  Imagine that anyone using Amazon was invited to TAG items they came across.  This means the users would say this book by David Weinberger was about RSS, Internet, folksonomies, taxonomies, etc. etc.  Imagine that done with the millions of books that Amazon peddles and with the many millions of users of the site, everyone providing whatever key words come to mind. Eventually you have a system of organization that at first blush you think is never going to work, but in fact the opposite is true.  

There is a lot written about the wisdom of crowds, the power of individuals to collectively contribute small zigsaw pieces to problems that get resolved online into brilliant tapestries. I gave a presentation at a BrazTESOL conference a few years ago on Tag Games where I produced a chart showing some differences of taxonomies and folksonomies at a glance, and also giving ideas about how you can use tags practically in your classrooms and across social networks, here: http://braz2010vance.pbworks.com/w/page/27944056/TagGames

Diigo and Delicious use this in ways addressed in Dieu and Stevens (2007).  Anyone who sees a website and wants to preserve a record of it can tag it. Unlike a taxonomy, where the categories used are predetermined, all the tags that people dream up to describe an item or give it a word that will help them recall it later, become attached to the items as metadata.  Diigo and Delicious are both sites that accumulate the tags of all the people who visit millions of sites repeatedly so that by searching on a tag, or any word, like folksonomy say, will produce the links to all the websites that anyone on the system has tagged with that word. This points up both the power, and also one of the messier sides to folksonomies.  The tag could be folksonomy or could be folksonomies (or it could be misspelled); compare:
http://www.diigo.com/search/g?q=folksonomy and http://www.diigo.com/search/g?q=folksonomies

Tags are extremely powerful. Search on any user, say http://www.diigo.com/user/vances, and see all the tags that that user uses to organize their online life.  In the week 3 activities I invite you into the brain of George Siemens, for example, to see all the sites that he has browsed and on which he has bestowed the tag ‘mooc’ http://www.diigo.com/user/gsiemens/mooc?type=all

A taxonomy defines a tree with branches.  A folksonomy works at the level of the leaves.  If you want to find a book in the library you climb the tree and make your way out the branches and eventually you come to the book you are looking for. In one of Weinberger’s many memorable analogies, the Internet is the tree in autumn whose leaves are scattered everywhere, all over the ground, and blowing in swirling gusts of wind.  This is beyond the power of a taxonomy to address.  Fortunately on the Internet every leaf has been tagged by many users who have passed over this or that leaf already.  We have tools that can call from the pile all the leaves tagged with such and such metadata.  Through folksonomy, apparent chaos is brought to order, and that order was applied over time by the small additions of value left by users who used the power of tagging to help themselves and others remember where they left things wherever they happened to be wherever they found them on the Internet.

Google applies a tag approach to its products. The first wildly successful search engine, Yahoo, employed a team of experts to essentially organize searches by hand, but such approaches cannot scale. Google searches pretty strictly by algorithm, and any hand tweaking is allowed in such a way that those hands will be crowdsourced, not those of Google. Through tagging as one part of the algorithm, Google knows when you view one YouTube video what others you might want to see next.  

Tags in Gmail are a wonderful departure from the limitations of taxonomic filing.  When our mail came on paper, you could only put that piece of paper in one place.  We devised filing systems with drawers for banking and folders for this bank or the other and this one for taxes and that for credit cards, for mortgage, insurance, etc.  Every piece of paper could only go in one place.

Outlook and most email service providers emulate this.  You create a folder system.  You drag any item of mail to one branch on the filing system you have constructed and drop it there.  If the mail is from you bank do you file it there? Or do you put it under mortgage because that’s what the message was about?

With gmail you tag it, bank name, mortgage, tax deduction, as many tags as you want to give it. Then you “archive” it which removes it from your inbox and essentially blows it onto the pile of leaves where all your mail is now piled unsorted.  If you want it back, you search for it under any one of the tags that you can remember you gave it.  It now becomes possible to file that one message into multiple drawers at once, and get it back by opening any of those drawers.  Imagine you misplaced your glasses, so you go to any of the many places you are likely to leave your glasses, and through that place there is a means of retrieving your glasses wherever they physically are at that point.  You would rarely lose anything again.

So to get back to the questions that prompted this post, Twitter is a site that lets you #tag tweets (pronounced ‘hash tag’).  When you apply a #tag twitter will track all tweets that use that tag and feed them back to you on demand.  For example you can search on
https://twitter.com/search?q=%23mmooc13&src=typd
https://twitter.com/search?q=%23evomlit&src=savs
https://twitter.com/search?q=%23etmooc&src=typd

From the latter feed I see that we just missed Dave Cormier’s talk on Rhizomatic learning but we can see the recording (I just re-tweeted it on http://twitter.com/vances )

I also noticed a conversation there between Sue Waters and Ryan Laslop, which I Jing-captured: 


View on screencast.com »

Here Sue extols the benefits of Google Reader in helping you organize blog postings from a movement as massive as #etmooc, or as minuscule as #mmooc13.  And this brings us to Maria’s last question, how should she comment on posts?  Short answer, visit a blog connected with this course, like http://multiliteracies.posterous.com/, where this post appears, and leave a comment on the post (here it’s called “responses” but mouse over the bubble and the words ‘leave a comment’ appear: 


View on screencast.com »).

The longer answer is that you have to FIND the blogs first, but this will be the topic of my next tutorial posted here

Meanwhile you can post questions and comments on our YahooGroup, or at our Posterous blog, or on Edmodo. You can even try embedding them in your blog posts and when we get our feed readers set up and working, we should be able to find them there.

Week 3 in MultiMOOC: Making progress with social networking

As we’ve seen earlier in this session (if you’ve caught it as the information whizzed by 🙂 MOOCs started in 2008 from the connectivist ideas of George Siemens and Stephen Downes, who thought they could use networks to leverage learning so it would scale to thousands of participants.  Dave Cormier assisted with that first MOOC as a facilitator and named the beast he saw being created as a massive open online course.  We talked to Dave a week ago at one of our live sessions, and Dave is talking this week at ETMOOC on rhizomatic learning, his idea that learning through a network works something like a rhizome as it spreads its tendrils underground.

In Week 3 in MultiMOOC we focus on learning through Networks.  It might be too late to reach some of you for this one, but Graham Stanley is talking to the Becoming a Webhead network in about 3 hours on PLNs.  It would be worth attending if you’d like an easy intro to Personal Learning Networks, a practical and simplified view of connectivism.  That’s at 8 gmt in Elluminate here: http://learningtimesevents.org/webheads/

We have patterned this session on Cormier’s 5 steps to success in MOOCs.  So far we’ve had ORIENTATION and DECLARE, and this week we address NETWORK.

One participant Tihomir wrote me today asking how he could catch up with the session (he’s just joined), so the way to overview what we’ve done so far is to visit http://goodbyegutenberg.pbworks.com and click on Getting Started.  That will point you to a SPACES page where you’ll find the steps you should have done for week 1 (never too late to do them).  Then you’ll find a link for Week 2 where you’ll find a second set of steps like the ones that Chris described doing in her message to which I am responding now.

Week 2 was about how to declare your place in the session, and we are trying to emulate the MOOC way of doing that.  In MOOCs it gets very confusing if people use the usual email introductions (though that was not discouraged here, and it IS friendly in a small group like this one).  But in a MOOC where there are thousands of participants, ways of connecting that will SCALE are being explored.  I tried to explain how MOOCs do it in two blog posts:
Now that may seem complicated until you try it, and by trying it we can see how it works.  But our session is not a MOOC (it’s too small).  MulitiMOOC is a session about MOOCs.  There is a MOOC we can experiment with though, http://etmooc.org.  It is using the DECLARE methods I have suggested, as explained in the second post above.

So for Week 3 where we focus on our NETWORK I suggest we branch out a bit into other networks that are achieving MOOC status.  One network we can use is Webheads, which I helped found as Webheads in Action in EVO 2002.  The session Becoming a Webhead has run as an EVO session each year since 2004 and is a good introduction to networked learning, and you could start soon if you wanted with Graham’s talk on PLNs.

I suggest we study ETMOOC this week in light of what we have learned so far.  Here we can see how the DECLARE steps play out in vivo if we can’t get them working in our smaller setting (but you can check the aggregations and lists as Chris has done; find them in the sidebar at http://goodbyegutenberg.pbworks.com/). As I develop our week 3 activities page I’ll suggest some steps for more experimentation designed at all of us getting a better idea of how connected learning works to scale in a MOOC (but not tonight, sorry, like you I have too much daytime work to attend to).  However, I’ve started adapting Week 3 to what is happening now, as this session evolves, here: 

FInally, I have connected with yet another network the Connecting Online conference where I have volunteered us to join in an event and talk about what we are doing in this session. I mentioned it before but that’s coming up this Sunday, and you are all welcome to join in and let’s see what happens, which is how connectivist learning works best.  See here for more information:

There is one more thing I should mention and that is that yesterday, Sunday Jan 27, we had a delightful presentation by one of our Multiliteracies community members Tuba Angay-Crowder who helped us to understand multiliteracies with respect to multimodality.  The Elluminate recording and an mp3 recording I made in Audacity (cleaner than the elluminate one) has been podcast here

So there is a lot going on.  Please write our YahooGroup list or leave a comment in our Posterous blog. You can also write us in Edmodo another experimental area for us.  The only way we can learn is by doing, and by doing we will learn, which is what we are here for.  And that’s all for this evening from Abu Dhabi.

making progress with social networking

There’s just so much out there in this session, that it’s hard to know where to start. However, I’m trying to pick and choose as Vance suggested. I never paid much attention to tagging and social media, so one of the things I’m just realizing is that I need to understand those better. One of my problems with it is that it means there is just that much more to read/peruse. How much time is there to do that, and is it a useful way to spend my time? That’s what I’m asking myself, but I need to know more about it before I can decide.

I signed up for Diigo and am trying to tag my artifacts. Of course, I can’t get into Posterous backstage to do that. However, I did do it on the wiki I’ve been using to  note some of the things I’ve done. I’ve had a Twitter account for a long time but rarely check it, so I’m trying to use it to check for our tags: mmooc13 and evomlit. I also figured out that to do the assignment correctly in Edmodo, I need to click the “Turn in” button and not just post to Yahoo.

Chris Jones

a random thought on tagging and declaring

I’m thinking about going at this backwards: not quire reverse engineering my declaration, but considering it already declared and laying it bare. The necessary ingredients should be there. I’ve got the tagging habit, mostly thanks to Vance and earlier Multiliteracies. 

So let me look at the tag clouds on my blogs and bookmarking accounts. Twitter tags and textual analysis of files are not out of the question but possibly more than I want to think about taking on just yet. 

However,a tweet cloud would be an interesting and revealing experiment. http://tweet-cloud.com creates a Wordle from any public account name. There are a number of other apps. 

Nor will I limit myself to education/teaching related blogs and posts because that is only part of my online online life. Most of my blogging and projects, from community and advocacy to personal interest, are information sharing and learning related. Including them in declaring could be a big step in integrating digital identities, already somewhat overlapping. 

Maybe this will even help me wayfinding and sensemaking through multiple massives (whatever was I thinking /not?). 

Vanessa
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