MOOCs, MOOCs, MOOCs #NRC01PL
Posted Februar 27, 2016on:
After my sabbatical of six months and the possibility to enhance the ‚life‘ factor of my work-life balance by traveling, improving a foreign language, enjoying very impressive wonders of nature I’m back at work.
And : the most import topic in these first weeks of work are MOOCs.
- In this week the university of Graz offered the eMOOCs 2016 conference.
- I’m moderating an online course for university teachers and support them to get first ideas of the plentitude of MOOCs.
- My colleagues of the Institute of International Management started with a big new project, the BizMOOC (Knowledge Alliance), and I’m invited to collaborate in the production and implementation of several MOOCs.
- A paper reflecting emergent learning processes in our cope15 MOOC with the Footprints of Emergence which I wrote during the sabbatical together with Jenny Mackness was accepted for the networked learning conference in Lancaster
- And: I’m attending the #NRC01PL MOOC of Stephen Downes
In the first week of the NRC01PL MOOC I dealt with opposite terms:
- design versus environment – slides 16 – 20 of Downes presentation ‚beyond instructional design‚
- instruction versus learning – Aras Bozkurt very useful blogpost
- personalized versus personal – in the openedx platform there was an intense discussion about these two aspects in a learning environment
I recognized how much I prefer the environment metaphor, learning instead of instruction and personal decisions instead of a personalized framework. At the moment I enjoy the freedom in this MOOC and that ideas and thoughts can emerge without constraints. I love it to scan the #NRC01PL tweets and to react.
And I believe that it is easier to learn in this MOOC if you are ‘elderly‘, with high IT skills and good understanding of English (Personal Learning MOOC Survey 1). I realize that my students with a different background (and age) (but better English) have many good reasons to struggle with open learning scenarios based on connectivism and emergent learning.
Bahia Lapataia – Tierra del fuego