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On Multiplying Insanity

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!


  1. Calian wrote:

    Great news that Jim Groom is teaching this online class starting in January. I was fascinated by the course “digital storytelling.” I may opt to take this course if time permits but it seems that our educational system is moving into being fully digital.

    Good luck Jim!

    Friday, December 17, 2010 at 6:19 am | Permalink
  2. Dalit wrote:

    Regarding “the massive part is option – the key is open and online”: as a participant in PLENK, I saw the massive part not only as the massive number of participants. As I wrote in my paper ( “The “M” in MOOC stands for “massive”, and PLENK2010 has indeed been massive in many aspects: the number of participants, their diversity, the kinds of backgrounds and experiences exhibited and built upon, the communication tools, the web technologies, the amount of distributed knowledge and the complexity of the distribution, the overwhelming width and depth of discourse among the participants, the multi-modal nature of this discourse, and of course the massive amount of time needed to manage and organize all of this.” So,the massive part might be thought of as an inherent feature, not an option.

    Monday, December 20, 2010 at 1:02 am | Permalink