Thursday, November 01, 2012

sMOOChers session Oct26 notes: #CFHE12 MOOC follow-up #tltgSMOOCHERS [Smart Massive Open Online Courses Higher Education Research Subgroup]

sMOOChers ( Smart MOOCs Higher Education Research Subgroup ) midterm discussion Oct. 26, 2012, TLT Group's FridayLive! 

Beth Dailey's notes from Second #CFHE12 MOOC follow-up 
Extracted from Dailey's blog:  Learning and Leadership

Nan Zingrone - Atlantic University coined this phrase in the chat “ loveless Moocs (xMoocs) have no discussion in them.”  Nan credits Nellie Deutsch of Integrating-Technology For Active Online Learners ( for the term loveless in reference courses with lectures plus exams only. “ No chance for participants to build relationship in loveless Moocs.”
We had a good discussion about the synchronous and asynchronous elements of the MOOC, who was using which ones and why.  We also talked about building community and different ways to accomplish this.
Priscilla Stadler persistently asked about how best to characterize MOOC pedagogy.  I’m not sure we really answered this question.
A summary of some of the MOOC tips, observations, and recommendations to help others learned as shared in the text chat.
  • Nan Zingrone - Atlantic University:i get turned off by the volume of the tweet feed; I have subscribed only to the introductions that I'm responded to, and otherwise it's using the Newsletter to remind me of what I'm interested in and where that can be found
  • Andrea:Match content to learning outcomes that are stated on the Contents page.
  • Dale Parker:I have found resources on there that are useful ie the blended learning toolkit and some sites like Open Culture that I will share with other faculty and students
  • Steve Gilbert, TLT Group:IF: finding most recent webinars with $ focus "awakening!" - helpful.
  • Molly Baker:Is the role of the leaders of a MOOC to facilitate process and content is created by the community? Or is content created and communicated as a structure for the course and the dialog is directed at that structure/content?
  • Henry Merrill:Mooc concierge? If my purpose in participating in a MOOC is to get immersed in the content , then I need to dive in. If I'm wanting to skim it for best practices and new ideas, then a concierge would be helpful.
  • Nan Zingrone - Atlantic University:sort of like categorizing stuff up in or Pinterest, that's curation. Perhaps when a MOOC is set up, at least the loaded materials can also have click-offs leading you there in a table of contents, or at the learning objectives spot for each of use
  • Steve Gilbert, TLT Group:HOSTS for beginners
  • Ilene Frank:Teaching undergrads to develop a personal learning network can be one of the purposes.
  • Nan Zingrone - Atlantic University:that's what Moodle for Teachers in
  • training courses have done for me: connected me to online educators all over the world, and then they become my PLN with a really rich cultural dimension to it (I've been taking these Moodle training courses on and off for several years, some of which were MOOCs)

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1 comment:

  1. Anonymous1:34 AM

    How can we cultivate community in online classrooms? Does anyone have strategies that have worked for them?


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