Toward the end of CCK11, one of the participants in a session asked “what’s next”? I replied that I’d like to try and run the “mother of all moocs” – one that brought together innovative thinkers from around the world, presenting a truly global learning experience that wasn’t centered on George and Stephen as with the CCK series.
In discussions with colleagues at TEKRI, it seemed like a good research opportunity in helping us to understanding how technology impacts global social and information networks for learning.
The idea sort of floated around in email exchanges with Stephen for a few weeks. Finally, we decided this could be a great learning experience and a great research opportunity. Dave Cormier – never someone to say no to a loopy idea – accepted our invitation to help coordinate the course. We have an *outstanding* list of presenters and facilitators who have been asked to “share your best thinking and research on a topic that you’re passionate about”. The draft schedule is available here.
I’m excited about this course for obvious reasons – I get to learn from fascinating and innovative people and get my finger on the pulse of front-line research in learning and technology.
I’m developing a research team around this course (I need a good acronym – as evidenced by PLENK, LAK, CCK – my suggestions sort of suck). I’m at OU for an OLnet fellowship for part of summer and will be working on developing a research agenda. If you are interested in joining, let me know. I’d like to meet online several times over summer to talk about research opportunities and methods. Ideally, existing researchers would bring their methods and research interests to the open course and we would meet several times a month to provide support and a space for discussion on research progress.
In terms of planning and course delivery – I encourage faculty in education/technology fields to build elements of this open course into their own courses. After all, MOOCs are all about messing with boundaries, barriers, and silos.
Finally we’ve had ample feedback on some of the chaos and isolating aspects of previous MOOCs. We want to improve the capacity for social support and sub-network formation. We’re just not sure yet what that will look like, but if you register for the course, we’ll arrange several online discussions over summer to plan what this might look like. If this MOOC is of interest, I encourage you to think about what you would like to get from the experience and what you can give. Our emphasis in MOOCs has always been “build what will make this a great course for yourself”. Jump in! I expect it will be an fascinating journey and an indication of what education will be like in the future. We’ve provided a starting canvas with the course structure and by inviting a group of people that we hold in high regard to facilitate weekly sessions. The final image, however, is one that will be formed by all of our contributions!