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Update on #oclmooc – Rhonda Jessen.com

Update on #oclmooc

The Open and Connected Learning Mooc (#oclmooc) launched this week! We have just over 70 participants signed up and we held our first two synchronous events over the last two nights. I’ve been working to set up #oclmooc for the past three months. I’ve been fortunate to have a fantastic group of co-conspirators to help with the planning, but even with that help, #oclmooc has taken all of my time for the past few weeks.

I’ve written lots of words lately, in the form of blog posts and pages on the #oclmooc site and in the Google+ co-conspirator and #oclmooc communities, and I have several ideas for blog posts rattling around in my head. Unfortunately, for now they’ll have to stay in my head because I don’t have the time to get them down on the page just yet.

For now, I’ll have to settle for re-posting the summary I wrote up about Dave Cormier’s session about Success in a Mooc on the #oclmooc website this afternoon:

Last night Dave Cormier was our special guest in the first webinar of #oclmooc. It was a great session!

He took us on a historical journey though the history education from the tradition of oral learning, through the catechetical era through to the current textbook model. We all agreed that cMoocs are most like the tradition of oral learning but participants are no longer limited by the need to be in the same place at the same time.

Screen Capture from Dave Cormier's Webinar

Dave talked about rhizomatic learning and encouraged us to think of the Community as the Curriculum – because the content that the community provides ends up being what you learn, but more importantly because being able to participate in a community is what it means to know. You aren’t an expert because you remember information about a topic but because you can make decisions about it and you can engage in a community of knowers about that topic. This is why we need to learn as social people.

Dave shared his advice and experience about how to succeed in a Mooc, expanding on his 5 Steps to Succeed in a Mooc:

  • Orient
    • This is the step that many learners miss and it is crucial for success in a Mooc
  • Declare
    • It’s your job to give others a chance to know who you are – you need to share.
    • We recommend blogging, participating in the Google+ Community and sharing and connecting via the #oclmooc Twitter hashtag.
  • Network
    • Then it is time to connect with others – responding and commenting on what others say. Networking is never coherent it’s always messy and real – like our lives
  • Cluster
    • You can’t follow everything and everyone. At some point you start to cluster around people who are doing work that is important to you, who make sense to you, who challenge your work.
  • Focus
    • There is a cycle that happens at the start of Moocs where people are really enthusiastic but that isn’t usually sustainable. You need to decide what you are going to focus on, how you are going to leverage the network and cluster to get the work that you need to do done.

If you weren’t able to join us last night, or if you would like to view the webinar again, you can listen to the archive. Here is the link to the archive of Dave’s session. It is a Blackboard Collaborate archive so you will need to install Blackboard (or perhaps update Java) if you haven’t done so. You can find instructions for installing Blackboard here.

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