Straddling Multiple Worlds in a MOOC
I’ve done it. I’ve signed up for Connected Courses, mapped my blog to my own domain (and paid the $), downloaded WordPress, and added my blog to the syndicated list. I must be out of my mind. Why, you ask? Here’s the list.
- I’m writing my dissertation and planning to Be Done this year. The title, Breaking Open the Wor(l)d: New Literacies, the World Wide Web, and the English of the Future captures some of the worlds I feel I’m straddling: literacies, semiotics, English as a secondary school subject (epistemologies of). Ha– I just had to pause to look up the title on my proposal. I leave it to you to discern what that might mean. (Seriously, though, after a lot of
flounderingthinking and rethinking, I feel that I’m now off and writing with a bang.
- I’ve tried to participate in two other MOOCs and ended up abandoning them. I just could never figure out how they worked. Connected Courses seems to have a different and very clear structure. I’m hoping that makes the difference.
- I’m participating with several connections in mind. Yes, I’m somewhat affiliated with higher ed — I wonder about the possibilities of a MOOC within a more typical teacher education program– but I’m also, maybe more so, a secondary person. I’m convinced that with the increasing evil of standardized testing and the corporatization of public education, the dropout rate is going to soar. I wonder if a MOOC could leverage the out-of-school literacy practices of youth and keep them connected to a very different model of schooling. I need more experience with MOOCs to further that thinking. So I’m straddling camps, as it were.
BUT. I’m curious.
I loved that Jim Groom talked about wanted to support people in getting into the under-the-hood aspects of a blog. I’m not doing this out of a conviction that learning to code will change the education world– this post on Medium expresses some thoughts I’ve been considering. I want to see what I might discover from my own experience of tinkering— maybe I’m wrong and coding will change the world. (Maker-ism and all.) I think it could be fun.
FWIW, I’m not one for academic writing in my blog. I just like to think out loud. My posts will probably be brief and sporadic.
I’m also not one for couching my opinions in niceties. I happen to have a few of them and I feel them deeply and urgently. I’m for kids. Teachers. Schooling that makes sense to kids. OK, that was a nicety. If I could explode some thinking about what makes schooling, I would. I’ve told my MA students that I anticipate that they will become upset in my classes. That seems to happen. Maybe it will happen here, too. Oh well….