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Behind and/or Ahead

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Like I didn’t have anything better to do…

The MOOC or Massive Open Online Course is a potentially interesting development in on-line learning. I think. Anyway I’m about to find out.  I’ve signed up for two, no sense being timid:

CCK11 – Connectivism and Connective Knowledge is an open online course that over 12 weeks explores the concepts of connectivism and connective knowledge and explore their application as a framework for theories of teaching and learning. Participation is open to everyone and there are no fees or subscriptions required.

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Digital Storytelling (also affectionately known as ds106) is an open, online course that will begin on January 10th, 2011. This course is free to anyone who wants to take it, and the only requirements are a real computer (none of those wimpy ass iPads), a hardy internet connection, a domain of your own, some commodity web hosting, and all the creativity you can muster (and we’ll spend time helping you get up and running with at least two of the last three requirements).

Nice thing about MOOC is that the only obligation you’re under to do anything is blogger-guilt, that’s unless you’re paying some one to assessment you, which is a possibility that makes the MOOC concept really interesting. CCK11 start’s Jan. 17th, more or less, and ds106 on Jan. 10, which means I’m already a day late, but like I said.

What part of “Bag of Gold” don’t you get?

That from Gardner Campbell whose “A Personal Cyberinfrastructure” ds106 reading assignment, and I confess that my main response to both the paper and presentation is, “…uh gee, why didn’t I say that?” Not that I’m that smart but rather that all this is that obvious.  This is all way, way bigger than we could possibly think it is; not just water, but an ocean.

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