MOOCow = Massive Open Online Course Or Whatever
Teaching Online for Beginners - for Very Smart Dummies
Begins: October 4, 2013 - Friday 2:00PM ET Free Registration for MOOCow
Next “Fishbowl” Planning session Wednesday, Aug 7, 3pm ET Free Registration
Future “Fishbowl” Planning sessions Wednesdays 3pm ET Aug 14 & Sept 11 Free Registration
METAGOALS We will attempt to offer/provide our participants with:
1. A few outcomes/benefits
A small number of outcomes, benefits.... that we intend and hope for some (most? each?) of our participants...
2. A few paths
Ways of participating in our MOOCow, each of which includes at least one of our intended benefits/outcomes.
3. hMOOC or MOOCow
Hybrid mixture of xMOOC, cMOOC. We are intentionally structuring our "MOOCow" to respect and include elements of both cMOOCs and xMOOCs: “connectivist” cMOOCs [old wine in invisible bottle] and the more linear course-like xMOOCs [old wine in new bottles!]
4. Good Practices, Resources - Not Best Practice, Resource
We do NOT believe that we - or anyone else - already knows exactly what is "best practice" in online teaching/learning. We do believe that we know several good practices, good strategies, good approaches, good tools, good resources, ....
5. Good/Bad Design
We attempt to demonstrate good design, techniques AND TO ACKNOWLEDGE WHEN WE DEMONSTRATE UNAVOIDABLE UNINTENDED BAD DESIGN, TECHNIQUES!
6. Encouragement for a Valuable Struggle - to plan, persevere, improve
We respect the difficulty (impossibility?) of identifying and articulating the outcomes/benefits and paths in advance of practice. We advocate and value sincere attempts to identify and articulate the outcomes/benefits and paths later, often as part of an iterative/spiral process. No one, especially no one new to teaching/learning online, can avoid mistakes; but anyone can try to correct them.
7. Belief that teaching online is more of an opportunity than a threat
Belief that beginning to teach online is an opportunity to rethink your teaching style/approach/strategies/goals; opportunity to move, adapt, or modify (or give up) some of your good teaching features as you move further into the online environment.
Above extracts and summarizes part of an online discussion Aug 1, 2013 among Sue Hellman, Beth Dailey, Steve Gilbert.
IMAGE found by Steve Gilbert 20130801
Photo of "Yin-yang symbol on coffee"
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