It’s great to see that Jim Groom is going to be offering an open online course: “I’m pretty excited about that, and as much as I talk all sorts of smack about edtech and online learning, this will be my first foray teaching an entirely online course. I’m a bit nervous, but at the same time I am lucky to be part of a network that has been doing some pretty awesome experimentation with bringing the social, networked experience into the totally online course.”
The course – on digital storytelling – starts in January. You can register now.
It’s nice to see other educators beginning to experiment with open courses. After a presentation today, I was asked about how suitable the massive open course model (MOOC) really was for education. I stated that the massive part is option – the key is open and online. And what we need to really move the concept forward is to have many educators experimenting within their subject areas. Each iteration will produce improvements or refinements of the concept (I’ve certainly noticed this with CCK08/09/EdFutures/PLENK and with Alec Couros’ EC&I831). More people playing and experimenting produces more innovation. Open courses are still largely a blank canvas and we’re creating the image together with each additional educator and participant that joins in. Looking forward to Jim’s methods and experiments!