In just over three weeks The Open and Connected Learning Mooc (#OCLMooc) starts. Our goal is to share information, resources and best practices about connected learning and open education, while connecting Alberta educators with each other, and learners from around the globe.
For me the most important part is connecting Alberta educators. When I was teaching in the classroom I was always trying to connect with others who taught the same subjects as I did – it was a great way to share ideas and best practices. My school board was setting up communities of practice with teachers in different grades; but not for options teachers. So I have been making my own connections as I developed my PLN (professional learning network). Over the past few months I realized that I connect, collaborate and play with others around the world much more frequently than I do with Albertans.
There are some fantastic educators here in Alberta; many of them already connect and share open resources. The number of Alberta EdCamps increases every year. Our goal with #OCLMooc is to increase their number and provide an opportunity for them to connect with each other.
Although we say #OCLMooc is for Alberta Educators, it is open to anyone, whether they are an educator, or Albertan, or not.
#OCLMooc is purposely being developed in an open fashion. Verena and I picked the dates and suggested an outline and then invited people to join us as co-conspirators as we worked out the rest of the details. We could have built the whole course ourselves but we know that the course will be better if it is developed by a team who share their ideas, connections and experience. Our goal is to use tools that most people have access to, so that they can develop their own open learning experiences in the future if that interests them.
The details of #OCLMooc are being solidified now. The Blog Hub has been set up, the weekly Twitter chats have been scheduled (Tuesdays at 7pm MST from September 30 – October 28) and we’ve scheduled our first two events. We are really excited to have Dave Cormier as our guest speaker for the Welcome Event and members of the PostEtmooc community sharing their experiences with cMoocs in our first synchronous event, cMooc Stories. Other events and activities are being planned by co-conspirators who have taken responsibility for different weeks.
Although the course hasn’t started yet, connections already being made by the co-conspirators, who have joined us from all over Alberta, as well as British Columbia, Illinois and California. I am looking forward to connecting with others once the course launches on September 24th.
Please consider joining us for #OCLMooc, you are welcome to participate as much or as little works for you. You can find out more on the course site. Here is a link to the sign-up sheet if you are ready to join right away.
I am looking forward to learning with you.