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Live from the Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning: MOOC, schMOOC: A Collaborative, Participatory, Improvisational Course Offering - Nov 21 2014

  • 21 Nov 2013
  • 2:00 PM - 2:35 PM
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Live from the Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning
MOOC, schMOOC: A Collaborative, Participatory, Improvisational Course Offering
November 21, 2014 2:00 - 2:35 PM ET
Presenters: John Sener and Steve Gilbert

This is a special event for TLT participants and members. We will be joining the Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning through the TLT Adobe Connect room.  Many of you participated in the schMOOC John will be describing.  Come and share your perspective.

Session Description
This presentation will describe a course offered by the TLT Group and Sener Knowledge in May/June 2013. Alternatively called a schMOOC (= somewhat connectivist, hypothetically Massive Open Online Course) or MOOCOW (Massive Open Online Course Or Whatever), the focus of this offering was to explore the ideas of John Sener's book The Seven Futures of American Education. The goals of the presentation are to:

  • Describe how the course facilitators created an offering using a highly collaborative, participatory, and improvisational approach to designing the learning experience.
  • Report the results of the learning experience based on the perspectives of several of the course facilitators and participants.

The course design was essentially a mashup of several parallel events which reflected the goals of several different facilitators, including: learn how to use the Seven Futures process for quality improvement; learn more about how to offer a MOOC(-like) course; find out what Seven Futures ideas resonate with readers; and learn how to apply a particular design approach to a MOOC-like course.

The "somewhat connectivist" design aspect was intended to enable a more structured course through the learning experience, but the design also included a "do-it-yourself" option which allowed participants to define their own objectives and create their own user-defined learning experience.

The design process was an open, collaborative, participatory, and improvisational process, featuring "fishbowl" planning sessions where participants showed up for live synchronous online events (using Adobe Connect) to watch the main facilitators plan, offer suggestions, and join the process spontaneously, taking on particular roles in the course design process.

Another interesting aspect of the course was its rapid development and deployment; most elements of the course were created literally within a 48-hour period. The resulting product was a bit of an experiment; sometimes messy, often engaging, always intriguing, and never a dull moment.

The presentation will also discuss various key elements of the learning design and experience, including the use of live synchronous events to anchor the structure of the learning experience; the emphasis on learner-generated content as the heart of the learning experience; the use of open learning resources; and the use of Google+ to enable discussion, interaction, user-defined learning among the participants.

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