Digesting #EDCMOOC feedback

An interesting evaluation of our Mooc . Since I still did not do my final evaluation I thought I might as well reblog this one for the time being 🙂 So here are some thoughts of Jen Ross, one of our teachers and well known ” anchorwoman” of our Google hangouts.

Teaching 'E-learning and Digital Cultures'

The dust is settling and we are beginning to get a sense of the overall impressions left by the EDCMOOC experience. We’ve been extremely grateful for the time that participants have taken to reflect on the course, in the discussion forums and in their blogs. We’ve also got some feedback via a survey we released a couple of weeks ago, from a range of people – from those who never logged in to those who formally completed the course, and everything in between. We’ll aim to share more details of this survey and its results as soon as we can.

Some very positive news for us is that a large majority  (82.8%) of those survey respondents who actively participated in EDCMOOC said that overall their experience was good, very good or excellent.

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The following feedback was pulled from blog and forum posts, and doesn’t yet include the survey response feedback. We’ll…

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#edcmooc The end of a Mooc-affair

So..our Mooc ( E-learning & Digital Cultures) has ended. Sigh…it’s been a great experience!

It almost feels a little sad. Somehow we grew into kind of a “family”, exchanging opinions, thoughts , ideas and more through various social media and course pages.

I enjoyed being part of this family and being with so many “relatives” i.e. “birds of a feather”.  zwerm-vogels

Andy Mitchell , one of the participants posted this video via Twitter, a funny but also a bit melancholic “Goodbey”. I posted this comment on Facebook: A suggestion if you are, like me, suffering from mild withdrawal symptoms now the Mooc has ended, is to watch this very relaxing video and repeat, after me: The Mooc is over and that is fine, I will encounter many more valuable events in my life….The Mooc is over and that is fine…I will etc. etc. 😉

The peer reviews

As to the results of my final artefact: I got the highest score, which is a 2! Instead of the 3 mandatory ones I had 10 (!) reviews. (Each participant had to do 3, everything more was voluntarily) Interesting was that 7 out of those were very positive , ranging from : ” ..definitely the greatest artefact ” to “great work” and the opposite 3 ranging from: ” …confusing, unconnected and vague” to “frustratingly similar to the EDCMOOC itself”. Though the latter one concluded the review with: “On the other hand, you clearly put a lot of thought and work into this, and chose interesting links and used the technology in interesting, thoughtful ways. I definitely learned something about sharing knowledge from this.”One reviewer found it confusing because : “ The “web” of links was hard to navigate, and because I had to guess where it starts, I found it hard to find its thesis.” But that was one of the intentions of the artefact: there is no beginning or an end, it is non-linear, like the internet itself. However that is not entirely true, I did “cheat” a little by putting a “welcome-Voki” in it. Peer number 7 expressed it like this: “The artefact focuses on the need to explore and learn more about online and digital learning. The choice and variety of media is fantastic and shows an organized thought map of the author. The artefact does stimulate positive thoughts about the need for connecting pedagogy with technology.”  Although the greatest joy was making the artefact I am pleased with my reviews.

Conclusions

There were several surveys posted on Facebook which I have to look into more closely to summarize some of the findings. I will do so and use it for describing “knowledge sharing/co-creation” one of the subjects in my off-line study. I also created a LinkedIn group for “alumni” 😉 of the course, so far around 50 people joined. I hope the positive spirit of the Mooc will continue in groups like that.

The question now is: will I continue my blog in English? I gained some followers during the Mooc and I am pretty sure they do not understand Dutch. Oh well, I will think about some more and decide when preparing my next blog post.

To come back to the “birds of a feather”, I think the Mooc has proven to be a wonderful instrument for “flocking together” and I will watch the future of Moocs with great interest.

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#edcmooc Final Artifacts

SCHOOL 6.0

Well…slowly approaching the end of our E-learning & Digital Cultures Mooc.
Our final instruction was to make a digital artifact in which we reflect on the content of the Mooc and the Mooc itself.
One of the participant posted a document on Facebook where we could add our artifacts too. David Hopkins, another participant, did a blog on the Mooc explaining first what the digital artifact should be, so in case you wonder..first read this.
I copied and pasted the list below. There are 74 posted till now. So..if you have some spare time..enjoy! 🙂

update: One artifact on Facebook/YouTube I enjoyed so much I would like to add it here, it is really worth watching!!

 

Artifact
Ilonka Hebels http://www.thinglink.com/scene/356783323449655298#tlsite

Within the Thinglink I used: GoAnimate, Sparkhol Videoscribe, Storify, Flickr, Snacktools Flipsnack , YouTube, Voki, Lunapic & pixlr.com/o-matic. All these tools reflect the enormous variety of tools we got to know through connecting in the Mooc.

Angela Towndrow : http://www.thinglink.com/scene/360982057624535042#tlsite
Sadhana Ramchander http://www.thinglink.com/scene/361515406063566848?buttonSource=userPage
Cath Stephensen http://storify.com/CathS/edcmooc-education-is-a-political-act
Cikgu Brian http://prezi.com/hiwiaekoatzw/utopia-dystopia/?kw=view-hiwiaekoatzw&rc=ref-32375019
Alina Balan – http://allapryl-me.wix.com/my-edcmooc- , http://www.scribd.com/doc/126911630/The-school-of-the-Future-A-new-Educational-Paradigm-ppt
Ryan Tracey http://ryan2point0.wordpress.com/2013/02/24/putting-the-moo-into-mooc/
Marina Shemesh http://prezi.com/zxc1l1roosyz/the-evolution-of-education/
Timos Almpanis http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ej3UkeAPkLE
Lisa Klovekorn http://youtu.be/Rqa0LBJDOOU
http://prezi.com/gzxkyz9zc270/teacher-in-transhumanistic-education/?kw=view-gzxkyz9zc270&rc=ref-30704029
Dorian Love http://twittermooc.wordpress.com
Jonathan Hernandez-Castillo: http://www.humanatureelearningjhc.com/index.html
Bruna Damiana http://prezi.com/efjmcuyszfal/enhancing-ourselves/
Sofia Papadimitriou http://prezi.com/tsef9enkjem9/opening-education/
Sofia Koukou http://prezi.com/evid9a5ca2sn/utopian-education-edcmooc/
Figen Gulenay http://prezi.com/aghpi5wnmcls/copy-of-edcmooc-digital-artifact/ & http://www.figengulenay.wordpress.com
Daniene Byrne – https://voicethread.com/share/4188716/
Rick Bartlett – http://www.thinglink.com/scene/360557541727404032#tlsite
Diana vargolomova – http://prezi.com/ixocovmzxcrm/digital-cultures/?kw=view-ixocovmzxcrm&rc=ref-30247093
Pete Whitton – http://www.spicynodes.org/a/467eab2a5ffaa115d6099ad51e855334
Kristín Guðmundsdóttir https://beta.mural.ly/!/#/kristintg10/1361797136819
Tom Dolan http://ttdolan.wordpress.com/2013/02/24/algorithmic-therapy/
Kevin Mallory: https://vimeo.com/60564536
Taruna Goel – http://tarunagoel.blogspot.ca/2013/02/edcmooc-my-digital-artefact-human.html
Dirk Mulder : http://youtu.be/1KGjuJCQmFE
Dariana Nedelcheva http://amarani.edu.glogster.com/e-learning-and-digital-cultures
Tatiana Malyuhina http://prezi.com/czsyfjkryeca/digital-era-in-education/
Sarah Prentice http://www.thinglink.com/scene/362688669087170560?buttonSource=userPage
Szalma Izabella (facebook: Arwen Mirkwood) http://prezi.com/_ahbc1aafdlr/e-learning-and-education/
Asta Klimaviciene (Asta Klime): http://prezi.com/vsrazj8bfens/my-edcmooc-digital-artefact/
Luisa Polo Munive: http://prezi.com/oesq67vgndss/what-does-it-mean-to-be-human-digital-artifact-edcmooc/
Maria Athanasiou : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNU-wpM9Cg8
Diogo Alcobia: http://prezi.com/_pqe4e7pdh0f/games-as-windows-edcmooc/
Leontini Lympriti : http://prezi.com/vzgqhxfa2hc_/the-sea-of-technology/?kw=view-vzgqhxfa2hc_&rc=ref-31771651
Fran Arrébola: http://wp.me/s29cXn-edmooc
Konstantinos Papageorgiou: http://prezi.com/ogeaa0xx9i7a/edcmooc-back-to-the-future/
Lucy Clyde: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dABxJuU0qDg
Rhene Munez: http://mystuff-rhene.blogspot.com/2013/02/a-model-of-bendito-machine-iii.html
Valéria Hernandorena: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1K3bBwi2g3zzU0a9Nk7YAFFxLI2mK0eu2vGrxR-qPIUg/pub?start=true&loop=false&delayms=2000
Robson Gimenes: http://prezi.com/3iqin-8upanu/digital-education-in-an-information-society/
Elizabeth Guzman: http://storybird.com/books/empty-world-a-dystopian-view-of-future/
Theodora Blakou: http://storify.com/TheodoraBLK/symbols-in-digital-cultures
Rocío Méndez: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTYQ8pjSgtc; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwOBC7PUr7U&feature=youtu.be
Anando: http://storify.com/anando/the-world-is-not-enough
Patrícia Rodrigues: http://storybird.com/books/looking-for-the-digital-touch/
Justine C. Tajonera: http://prezi.com/vs1wpa6drpji/learning-is-an-adventure/?kw=view-vs1wpa6drpji&rc=ref-32605647
Sirin Tugbay: http://pinterest.com/stugbay/dystopia-edcmooc/
Madhura Pradhan: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVt_Doib1xA
Geetika Johnson: http://prezi.com/3hikv8ifqsyn/digital-artefact-final-assignment-for-e-learning-and-digital-cultures-mooc/
Jono Purdy: http://youtu.be/nHjx5JCRWnM
Carsten Storgaard: http://voicethread.com/share/4207299/
Polina Georgiou: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AfWxaSY6mvY
Ana Corrochano: http://prezi.com/p6ch-gjlkr_w/the-future-of-learning-institutions-edcmocc/
Silvia Gallo: # edcmooc Artifact – Humanizing Technology or Technifying Humans – http://losapuntesdesilvia.blogspot.com/
Steven Sutantro: http://prezi.com/qhlv6d4mgvya/being-digital-human-based-on-local-culture-edcmooc/
Olga Muranova: http://www.slideshare.net/Murasichek/blogs-in-elt-final-asssignment-for-the-elearning-and-digital-cultures-course ; http://www.slideshare.net/Murasichek/use-of-blogs-at-english-language-lessons (“Use of Blogs in English Language Teaching”)
Kenéz András: http://prezi.com/ukk_zypzcuyb/edc-mooc/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=ending_bar_share
Deb Torres: http://prezi.com/giyvvjyy_zjj/transhumanism-education-half-baked-or-fully-roasted/
Dick Vestdijk : http://youtu.be/sXEAYBWz2DE
Britt Watwood: http://bwatwood.edublogs.org/2013/02/25/edcmooc-and-my-digital-artifact/
62. Amy Burvall (post with music video and augmented pop-up version) http://amysmooc.wordpress.com/2013/02/23/digital-life-an-augmented-music-video-parody-edcmooc-final-artifact/
virginia woolf(addar hanane) http://prezi.com/bniioi0epiih/edc-mooc-2013/
Rozalia Zeibeki http://prezi.com/2ela84i7pkeu/tales-of-the-spider-web-queen/
Wayne Barry – https://vimeo.com/60463527
Barbra Drasby – http://prezi.com/aonbxubckytb/a-digital-journey-into-education/?kw=view-aonbxubckytb&rc=ref-10726474
Camilo Salazar: http://www.thinglink.com/scene/363179647883542530?buttonSource=userPage
Andy Tattersall: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2FysgEiJXM&list=UUlGWwuvW2mHtsp8t8BXp5OQ&index=1
Victoria King-Voreadi https://vimeo.com/60668419
Rosa Rodriguez http://elementoequis.blogspot.com.es/2013/02/philosotech.html
Nancy Adams: http://pinterest.com/nladamsbc/digital-artefact-for-edc-mooc/
Kim Rounsefell: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7JAMobmLAc&feature=youtu.be
Heikki Hallantie http://futofedu.blogspot.fi
Sandra Sinfield: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EX282KWbesg

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#edcmooc Networked learning: on Mooc ‘s, supernodes and tribes.

Due to the internet social networking and networked learning is increasing by the minute. The increase of social networks over the last few years is enormously. This post  gives a nice overview.

With the  emergence of Moocs social learning becomes more organized in the sense of being together in sort of a “school”, that is a course.  Of course there are already  interest groups like on LinkedIn which are based on topics of similar interest but a Mooc is different: you sign up for a certain amount of time, go through content together , share and comment and do certain “tasks” in order to complete a course.

Within the Mooc  social media is used as a way to do all these things. So if we call a Mooc a system, then within this system another one evolves, defined by its users.

The users could be viewed as nodes in that system. Kind of like dots in a web. A node is, according to Wikipeda  :  a connection point, either a redistribution point or a communication endpoint .

One of the participants of the Mooc I joined enjoys making graphics of the groups interactions, here is one of the Facebook interactions. ( click to enlarge)

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                                                                                                                                                                        By Anando Purutama-2013

So all of these dots or nodes represent people and their interactions. If you zoom in ( you cannot do that here you need the real thing)  you can see their names and whom they were connecting with.  By doing so they form subgroups which is shown by the same colours. Some are more in the middle    ( = more active) some are more to the sides ( = less active) . So some, using the node analogy  could be regarded  as “supernodes” , defined, again by Wikipedia: ..in peer-to-peer networking, a supernode is any node that also serves as one of that network’s relayers and proxy servers, handling data flow and connections for other users.

Of course this picture is not a static one, it changes from day to day and week to week.

To use another analogy : it resembles a living organism or a “brain” one might say where connections are made by neurons in a biological neural network. The system that permits them to do so is called the synapsis coming from the Greek word “syn” which stands for “together”. So if you would transfer that to a Mooc,  it could stand for a neural network with Facebook as one of the synapses.

Okay,  explaining my thoughts to you  let me come to my point: we learn a  lot by observing and  copying . Another participant of our Mooc, Krustel Kram wrote an excellent blog on that, called : What is Plagiarism When Everything is a Remix?      So, between things stored or copied in our brain, we make new connections and  transform it and bring it up to the next level. By doing so we make again new connections, transform them again and so on. In the Mooc we mimic this system partially: we connect, interact and form new connections, “discover ” new knowledge or understanding and transform it into our own artefacts.  So from  personal, micro level to a broader level of Mooc =  meso  level and then…this really intrigued me maybe to a maso level! At least, that is suggested by some researchers who claim a recent finding that the Universe is kind of  a “giant brain ”!                                                              In this study published in Nature’s Scientific Reports   it is suggested that “natural growth dynamics” – the way that systems evolve – are the same for different kinds of networks – whether it is the internet, the human brain or the universe as a whole.

So that would mean we are a system in a system in a system…..and so on and probably all those systems are connected. Then , thinking about the “butterfly effect”…wow.. how does that come together?

Boy, that really got me. When I was a young girl I sometimes lay awake at night and gazed at the window in my room. I clearly remember that sometimes it seemed that the window was in a window which was in a window and so on. It always made me a little dizzy and I remember  blinking my eyes or shaking my head to get rid of the image. Probably it is why I am still fascinated by the so called “Trompe-ol’œil” an optical illusion which gives a two dimensional picture the illusion of three dimensional.

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Escaping Criticism, 1874, by Pere Borrell del Caso, oil on canvas, Collection Banco de España, Madrid via Wikimedia Commons.

Thinking about these things my  brain starts “ creaking and squeaking” and I do not really know how to proceed, I want to leave it and at the same time it grabs me and I want to know more. Maybe that is what learning is about! And maybe that is what Sir Ken Robinson means in his book “The Element” by finding  your passion and be in “the zone” with your  “tribe” which is definitely how I would call my Mooc at the moment.

I am not a neuroscientist, neither an astronomer or a physicists, as you probably already noticed 😉  I am a human who happens to like learning and education and thinking about stuff.

I came to the conclusion that learning is not an individual activity and that acting like a node in a network is enhancing it. And since everything is already said before ..here’s a quote from Benjamin Franklin which describes it nicely: “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”

I would like to add:

Make me part of a Mooc and I’ll learn even more!

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#EdcMooc Being human…being fragile.

FragileEarth (2)

Dmitry Rogozin, deputy prime minister of Russia and former ambassador to Nato, called for an international initiative to create a warning system for “objects of an alien origin” today when more than 500 people were injured by a meteorite shower.  The impact, in the Russian town of  Chelyabinst furthermore caused windows to break, damaged buildings and caused panic as mobile networks overloaded. And these were just little chunks of debris, the “big one” narrowly flew by our planet.

How fragile we are one might say.

One moment we are the superhuman, post human or trans human species of the 21th century, the other moment we were close to get back to the Pleistocene so to speak.

But despite his understandable reaction Rogozin should probably fear the threats for our planet more coming from within the planet and not from outer space. With one look at the Worldometer I see the score of CO2 emissions this year only is already 4,199,740,326 tons and there are 1,225,582 tons of chemicals released in the environment. Oh, and…I know we do not like to think about it too much but some 25- thousand people died of hunger today  while nearly one billion  (= 1.000000000 !) are undernourished.

How thoughtless we are one might say.

There are around 2-and-a half billion  internet users in the world and counting while I write this. Today 250- billion  emails were sent, more than 2- million  blogs were written ( including this one 🙂  and  around 180- million  tweets were composed.

In the meantime we worry about the influence of computers on education, that is, some people do, like Lowell Monke in his essay on “The human touch”. Basically he is worried the face-to face upbringing/teaching is neglected in favour of the computer. Children spent too much time behind screens and lose their creativity and real understanding of matters.

I do agree the human touch now a days is missing somewhat but in another way Monke uses it. I’ll try explain: it reminds me of a story my grandmother once told me. She witnessed the first cars in our country. She told me a person with a flag would walk in front of it to warn people.

Of course we should not just have computers in education because there are computers. We should integrate them in our education and think about why, when and how to use them. We should show our children and students how to use them and, like in the day to day upbringing warn them about possible dangers just like we tell them about what food to eat, why it is good to join a sports cub, why you should be kind to other people and why it would be more reasonable or should I say  righteous to share the planets resources instead of keeping them for just a group of people: In 2005, the wealthiest 20% of the world accounted for 76.6% of total private consumption. The poorest fifth just 1.5%.  The poorest 10% accounted for just 0.5% and the wealthiest 10% accounted for 59% of all the consumption.( http://www.globalissues.org/article/26/poverty-facts-and-stats#src7 ) Oh and by the way, worldwide there are more than a 100-miljon children out of education!

Computers are just one facet of live which can make live a lot easier or more pleasant, just like a car.  And there are big cars, fast cars, beautiful cars, old-timers and really wrecked up cars. You can just drive them to get to work only or take day trips. But they basically have one purpose: to get you from A to B. Much like a computer lets you do tasks to get somewhere. Of course you can get  run over by a car and of course you can use a computer to harass other people, steal information or spread bad posts.

Trying to abolish this is all part of teaching people to be wise which includes being digital wise and cultivating compassion for ones fellow creatures.                                                  That’s why we call ourselves “humans” and consider ourselves as being better then lower forms of living.                                                                                                                                   As we move into the 21th century we should not disregard this.                                                                                                          In my opinion then we would not be fit to be labelled  “human”.

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# edcmooc “The gates of academia “.

The future of Mooc’s  is yet to be decided and there are some interesting options on how they will evolve.

One of them is whether  they will be offering certified diplomas in future. To do so they encounter a few problems. First of all there’s plagiarism.     Odd enough, with no official certificates to gain yet, students seem to cheat! When I entered the EdcMooc  I had to agree with the code of honour.  I asume the cheating students had to do so as well, so obviously  the honour code is no guarantee at all because there has been a lot of cheating going on in some other online course. ( not mine ofcourse…there are only nice people in edcmooc 😉

Second problem is how do you know the person subscribing to the course is really the person they claim to be?

I might have seen to many dystopian movies with dehumanizing technological advancements but my imagination ran away with me when I read about the new device Coursera came up with to counter that problem : the so called “Signature Track”,  a digital identification device with a lot of benefits, thus states Coursera:

  • Identity Verification. Create a special profile to link your coursework to your real identity using your photo ID and unique typing pattern.
  • Verified Certificates. Earn official recognition from Universities and Coursera for your accomplishment with a verifiable electronic certificate.
  • Sharable Course Records. Share your electronic course records with employers, educational institutions, or anyone else through a unique, secure URL.

Coursera will  use “online remote proctoring technologies” that use webcams to verify students’ identity and validate their work during exams” so I read in this article in Slate by Will Oremus. 

This triggered my imagination quite a lot:  I had a vision of Coursera watching me through my webcam while I was working on my assignments.

Maybe I don’t get it, but even after signing in with my signature track I could easily cheat with the assignments by having them made by someone else and have them mailed to me could I not? Well that is of course unless they really are tracking  my movements on the computer… Could I then make a loop of me typing while in reality I am not? I’ve seen to many action movies.

The second benefit is  “verified certificates”:  okay, sounds good enough. I will not only have fun being in a course but also earn a real certificate. Nothing wrong with that.

The third one is bothering me again: do I want my employer or employer to be sneaking around in my online assignments, files and notes? I am not sure about that. And, since it is online it can be hacked can it? To my knowledge there is nothing online witch  cannot be hacked.

And, then there’s the big question: how much will it cost to take that online course?

When I signed up for a free online Coursera course offered by the University Of Edinburgh I thought Coursera was some kind of ideological organisation whose mission it was to offer free education for everyone. I thougth that was just great! But that was  just naïve wasn’t it?

Coursera is funded by so cald  “venture capital “.  That means there are people who are willing to invest in it , called “investors”.  An investor is, according to Wikipedia:  “…someone who allocates capital with the expectation of a financial return. The types of investments include, — gambling and speculation, equitydebt securitiesreal estatecurrencycommodity, derivatives such as put and call options, etc “. One way of getting their money back is Coursera earning money. 

So how much will they be charging?

I sure hope it’s not too much so it will be available for most of us if not all of us.

Reading  Shirky and Bady  on the organisatons of Mooc’s, their place in society and the arguments against and in favour  I can relate to both of them; I have my doubts but I am optimistic too. If it comes down to “choosing sites’  I think I can relate most to the blending of on-  and offline teaching also called “flipping the classroom”  and  mentioned in  “The Crisis in Higher Education” by Nicolas Carr. ( and  a subject I wrote about before in this blog)  Carr interprets it this way:

The designers and promoters of MOOCs don’t suggest that computers will make classrooms obsolete. But they do argue that online instruction will change the nature of teaching on campus, making it more engaging and efficient. The traditional model of instruction, where students go to class to listen to lectures and then head off on their own to complete assignments, will be inverted. Students will listen to lectures and review other explanatory material alone on their computers (as some middle-school and high-school students already do with Khan Academy videos), and then they’ll gather in classrooms to explore the subject matter more deeply—through discussions with professors, say, or through lab exercises. In theory, this “flipped classroom” will allocate teaching time more rationally, enriching the experience of both professor and student.

And I do enjoy it when a good writer ends his article like he should:

For better or worse, the Net’s disruptive forces have arrived at the gates of academia.  – Nicolas Carr*

UPDATE:  Moocs take a step toward college credit  (february 7)

( * Nicholas Carr is the author of The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains. His last article for MIT Technology Review was “The Library of Utopia.”)

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#edcmooc Hanging out in the Mooc

In last night’s Hangout of the Mooc  one thing sticks to my mind in particular: some students were eager to know all about the final assignment. Hamish Macleod commented on that and explained that the assignment was kept deliberately vague in order not to limit your creativity. And he advised  keeping the assessment  criteria in mind while designing the digital artefact.

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Screenshot by one of the participants of last night Hangout of the Mooc.

As a teacher I recognize this phenomenon all too well: my students too want to know exactly what the end product has to look like  to make  sure they get a good grade. And my answer is a lot like Hamish Macleod gave.

I have to be careful not to feel a little agitated, because for me it is not the product at the end which is most valuable , but the path leading to it.

The end product may or may not be sufficient but the main question is: what did you learn? And , as important: what do you still need to learn?

Moving into the 21th century this skill will become more and more important in education I think; knowing where you are in your own personal development , creating a personal learning environment (PLE)  and to know what  to do to  add the missing parts. ( Mooc’s , possibly  being  one of the main, future  ways in live long learning  are in my opinion great tools to work on these PLE’s.)

But it will take a while to develop this awareness that one is accountable for his own learning path and to really take the responsibility for it. Moving on in the 21th century we have to help students and each other to develop this capacity and slowly help shape it into a daily routine, so that after leaving this  institution we call “school”,  they can grow on their own.

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