Friday, 25 January 2013

Grab a Cup!

After reading this particular articule:

[*in Italic the sentence directly from the above blog]

Started into #etmooc with the thought to experience cMOOC. Intention let’s see what is happening and back of the mind the aim was to gain some knowledge, the schedules topics looked interesting.
But the first day into the exploration, there was a big jumble in the head. What am I suppose to do? What is going on? Where is the platform, page or whatever where the knowledge is being shared.

“This ETMOOC, in some respects is a fantasy a World Exposition of EdTech whereas most of us function in a village children’s festival kind of reality. We operate in traditional schools with many restraints, obstacles or just on a pedagogical scale that makes many discussions here seems fanciful. Connectedness seems so ad hoc and well… massive”

Couple of hours into the exploration, I was demotivated and I left it. I was also confused as to what is happening. The same thought has been shared by many other participants. But then today again am back into the game with some self pressed motivation.
Going to approach the initiative with a new perspective. The first blog itself of my digging in has provided to be an inspiration as rightly quoted below;

This is the largest busiest online gathering I’ve experienced.
Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. Time passed quickly while waiting for the pavilions because there was something to entertain you.

After reading this piece I realized, cMOOC - it’s a vast open ocean of knowledge and I am gonna have the opportunity to grab as many cups for myself as possible.

Monday, 21 January 2013

The MOOC I know

Few chunks of knowledge that i came across while trying to know more about 'MOOC'
Udacity, Coursera and edX - These organisations provide one interpretation of the MOOC model. They focus on concise, targeted video content – with short videos rather than full-length lectures to wade through – and use automated testing to check students’ understanding as they work through the content.
These MOOCS have been dubbed “xMOOCs”. Whilst they include discussion forums, and allow people to bounce ideas around and discuss learning together, the centre of the course is the instructor-guided lesson. Each student’s journey/trajectory through the course is linear and based on the absorption and understanding of fixed competencies. Not a great arena for free and easy discussion with the person ostensibly leading the learning. Coursera recently implemented a system for crowd-sourcing peer assessment. The rubrics are generally clear and helpful.

The other type of MOOC is based on connectivism. These are the cMOOC. It’s a chaotic experience. It is inherently personal and subjective, as participants create their meaning and build and navigate their own web of connections. cMOOCs are not proscriptive, and participants set their own learning goals and type of engagement. They won’t necessarily walk away with a fixed and tested set of specific skills or competencies, or knowledge of a set body of content. This makes cMOOCs tricky to grade or assess or certify. cMOOCs are discursive communities creating knowledge together.
While the organizers will design environments provide sessions, nurture interactions, and outline activities, the active learner plays a dominant role and choice and autonomy are key.   
Three Kinds of MOOCs
 In networked-based MOOC, a learning identity must be formed, declared, and maintained by each individual. This is partly the rationale behind asking #etmooc participants to use their own blog spaces.

Hybrid Pedagogy
  • Combines the strands of critical and digital pedagogy to arrive at the best social and civil uses for technology and digital media in on-ground and online classrooms.
  • Invites you to an ongoing discussion that is networked and participant-driven, to an open peer reviewed journal that is both academic and collective.
Connectivism is a theory of learning based on the premise that knowledge exists in the world rather than in the head of an individual.
-  Vygotsky

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