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Working Group sMOOChers: Smart MOOCs Higher Education Research Subgroup

  • 28 Sep 2012
  • 1:00 PM
  • 18 Nov 2012
  • 2:00 PM
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  • Any individual TLT Group Member is entitled to attend this workshop for free. Non-members can attend for $200 or become an Individual Member. Registrants will have access to archives.
  • All institutional and individual TLT Group members are welcome to attend this workshop for free. We encourage you to attend with a group.

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sMOOChers  Smart MOOCs Higher Education Research Subgroup
Online Exploration

October 8 -November 18 2012
PLUS FridayLive! follow up#1 on October 26. 1:00-2:00pm EDT

Leaders: Steve Gilbert, Scott Simkins, Ilene Frank, Penny Kuckkahn, Beth Dailey, Dale Parker, Nancy Smulsky and MORE!

This workshop is free to TLT Group Individual Members. 
[Check your institution's status here if you have your membership through an institutional subscription.]

$200 for non members.  [Although you are welcome to become an Individual Member for $75 and attend for free.]

Anyone who participated in the FridayLive! MOOC session and who would like to be included in this cohort is welcome to contact Sally Gilbert for special dispensation.
The mechanisms for this cohort to stay in touch as it participate in the MOOC is evolving.  If you register, you'll be kept up to date through email.

Guided and reflective shared experience of good (but not necessarily definitive) very large mostly-online open courses (MOOCs, etc.)  
Our  goals are to help faculty and other academic professionals
1.  Understand what very large mostly-online open courses (MOOCs, etc.)  can do to  to improve teaching, learning and faculty/professional development.
2.  Decide whether or not to use very large mostly-online open courses (MOOCs, etc.), and so how to find and select  them .
3.  Use - effectively and comfortably - such courses to improve undergraduate courses and programs, and faculty/professional development programs.
4.  Support participants in such courses and/or enhance such courses to make them more beneficial - even without the guidance, permission, or recognition of the courses’ leaders and sponsors.

Not about how to produce or lead MOOCs or other very large online courses.  Not for people who intend to use MOOCs  PRIMARILY to reduce costs,  eliminate faculty, drastically reduce workload, or close colleges.  Not for lazy teachers or greedy administrators.  

Participants will explore MOOCs and related course offerings together and report findings in FridayLive! 
Our first cohort will participate in “Current/Future State of Higher Education” [ CFHE12 and more info below] which offers 6 weekly topics  October 8 to November 18, 2012  
SMOOCHERS will have access to a listserv for asynchronous communication and be invited to a weekly online synchronous session in the TLT Group’s Adobe Connect classroom - Fridays, 1PM ET.

NOTE:  We will work closely with Scott Simkins’ subgroup centered in Greensboro, NC which plans to include some Face-to-Face activities.

TWEET-SIZE (<140 characters) SUMMARIES
SMOOCHERS: Smart MOOCs Higher Education Research Subgroup Oct8-Nov18 Current/Future Hi Ed #tltgSMOOCHERS

“Mock MOOCS?” Where do we fit in? TLTGroup's FridayLive! online free Sept21 2pmET #TLTGfrlv

“Mock MOOCS?” How/if use MOOCs? Join TLTG cohort within MOOC free #TLTGmooc1

[Other Google Doc for “Mock MOCCs?”:]
Description to follow.

Participants should sign-in 15 minutes early for tech instructions and to meet others in the group; they also have the option of remaining online for a half-hour follow-up discussion immediately after the workshop.

All of the TLT Group’s online offerings include use of “low threshold” tools, examination of controversial issues, options for participants with a range of experience, and suggestions for assessment as you integrate what you’ve learned into your repertoire. 

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