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Goldilocks and the 3 MOOCs

Goldilocks and the 3 MOOCs

Right now, I’m participating on various levels in three MOOCs: #Change 11, facilitated by Siemens, Cormier & Downes, Alec Couros’ EC&I 831, and Bud Hunt’s Writing & the Common Core on P2PU. This experience is a little like being Goldilocks in the MOOC version of the fairy tale. There’s the Daddy-size MOOC (#Change 11), a Mama-size MOOC  (EC&I 831), and a Baby MOOC (P2PU) and […]

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Google Docs: Not just documents any more

Google Docs: Not just documents any more

I “meet” regularly with a fellow doc student to share writing and give and receive feedback. Yesterday, I uploaded her piece into GDocs and commented there. When our call took place, we went to the doc and referred to it throughout our conversation. Suddenly the entire tenor of our conversation shifted. It was no longer just two people looking at feedback on Word documents that […]

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Musing about MOOCs

Musing about MOOCs

The two MOOCs I’ve played with in the last two weeks couldn’t be more different. #Change 11‘s 1,000+ participants puts the Massive in MOOC, making Alec Couros’ EC&I 831, with 31 credit students and 131 non-credit students, feel positively cozy. #Change 11 is loosely structured; participants are directed to create a Web presence, tag all their Web documents, and find kindred spirits. E&C 831 is […]

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Entering #Change11

I’m going to use my blog as my primary location for my participating in the #change11 MOOC. My intention is to write weekly, reflecting on whatever’s come up on (in? with?) the MOOC and however that ties in to what I’m thinking about that week. One of the reasons I want to use my blog is that I’ve been thinking for a long time about […]

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#Change11 MOOC: Top Ten (11?) First Impressions

I learned about the #change 11 MOOC from Twitter and decided to give it a try. A MOOC is a “massive open online course,” a loose learning network, and  an experiment to answer critical questions: “How does learning change when formal boundaries are reduced? What is the future of learning? What role with educators play in this future? What types of institutions does society need […]

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Insurance for Student Teachers???

An email from NCTE crossed my desk a couple of weeks ago, offering– no, urging, student teachers to consider taking out insurance. I’m torn about this. On the one hand, teachers are the latest public punching bags and maybe it makes sense to put some cotton batting around yourself at a time when you feel vulnerable anyway. On the other hand, it’s unsettling, and I’m […]

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Curating Our Lives

I recently discovered Scoop.It!, a point-and-click way to collect resources from across the web and share them with others. It’s got the nice appearance of something like  paper.li  and the convenience of Instapaper. But where paper.li appears as an issue, pulling stories from Twitter & FaceBook, Scoop.it pulls from news feeds, blogs, and other sources, plus it’s always available– the “scoops” just scroll down and […]

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Of Insights & Supernovas

Some days, I think I am a very slow learner. Today is one such day. Today is also a day when a whole lot of things I’ve been thinking about have collided in a supernova of insight. In a recent blog post, I mentioned the idea (of a scholar/writer whose name eludes me) that teachers need to become public intellectuals. I’ve been thinking about what […]

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Thinking about Writing in a Digital Age

In June, Darren Draper blogged about Will Richardson’s switch from a traditional blog to Tumblr. Darren conjectured that we might be entering a new phase in educational blogging, toward platforms like Tumblr and Posterous that support shorter, more spontaneous writing. Darren wondered whether this indicates a trend away from the thoughtful, in-depth writing that has been common in traditional blogs, and whether such movement ultimately […]

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