On how #edcmooc did a cmooc on Coursera

By demonstrating that you could build a very “open” course on Coursera, the University of Edinburgh team in charge of E-learning and Digital Cultures succeeded in breaking down some walls between the large-scale free course (called xMOOC by some critics) and the cMOOC connectivist learn-fest.

How did that happen?

  • Incubating a community: Long lead-in time for the learning community. This made the community ready to go at the start of the course and the early birds in the community were very open and welcoming
  • Participants: for a large part of the participants, this was a professional/personal development event about the affordances of MOOCs.
  • Course subject: reflecting on learning and being human in relation to technology. It was learning about learning and the affordances of the Internet for learning. The fact that this course was built on a MOOC platform associated with “just free” open courses, was a nice demonstration in overcoming technological determinism (technological determinism was a subject in the first week).
  • Organization of the contents: a short-film festival each week, with related readings, accompanied by clear instructions on what was considered to be “core” material and what was additional. Encouraged to do your own thing with the contents.
  • Also, all course contents were freely available on the Net, contributing to the “opennes” of this course
  • Organization of the interaction: very loose. Create your own blog and add your feed to the aggregator. Use the hashtag so everything is findable across different platforms. Participate as much as you want, where you want, no need to use the coursera forum.
  • The instructors were there, in the forum, commenting on blogs, responding on Twitter. In their second Google Hangout (they did two), they discussed, among many other things, their strategy on teacher presence. Christine Sinclair mentioned, for instance, that she felt like participating in a student group, but that she did not want to barge in as a teacher.
  • Testing and outcomes: create a digital artefact, one, at the very end. There was no testing at all for recall of terms and concepts, instead there was an encouragement to generate new content.

Wonderful #EDCMOOC wrap-up, video-style by Wayne Barry:

The Edunauts: Educational Explorers for the Digital Age from Wayne Barry on Vimeo.

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7 thoughts on “On how #edcmooc did a cmooc on Coursera

  1. How have I not come across your work until now? Love this post. It’s interesting – in the past few days I’ve started going very wide and trying to read more of the content that I missed in the early weeks of the course. Perhaps I have a feeling that I’ll lose out on connecting with so many amazing people – feel an urgency to follow as many EDCMOOCers as possible before this ends (or just morphs into new ways of interacting).

    I watched a Google+ Hangout on air today where Coursera was discussed quite a bit. Most times that Coursera was mentioned people were saying that only xMOOCs could happen via that platform. I love that you wrote this post on the same day. You can see the recording of the Business+MOOCs hangout here: http://www.internettime.com/2013/02/businessmoocs-the-hangout-recording/

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    • Thanks Sorokti :-). In fact, I saw the last half hour or so of the qmooc hangout after a tweet from you, I think.
      Dave Cormier put Coursera squarely in the xMOOC camp, I believe, on the #qmooc hangout, although he did write about EDCMOOC…
      Others have put the cmooc in edcmooc as well, I should do a round-up of posts! Although I hope to free up some time for my current MOOC: Learning Creative Learning by MIT.

      I just found this amazing post by Giulia Forsyth on the topic: http://gforsythe.ca/edcmooc/

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  5. Hello again edcMOOCers!

    Inquiring Minds Want To Know Your Blogging Backstory!

    Many of us in edcMOOC either blogged throughout the course, or used quad- blogging to connect with other edcMOOCers.

    Whether you were a new or experienced blogger, what role did blogging play in your overall edcMOOC experience?

    We want to hear your blogging backstory, and we need your help!
    It’s human!

    A few of us edc alum are writing a short paper about the role of blogging and quadblogging to foster organic peer to peer learning in a mooc.

    Would you please visit our most human survey, which takes a jiffy to complete, to share your invaluable information! Thanks in advance edc moocers for your help!
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