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Description of a cMOOC led by professor AR Formiconi, IUL (Italian University Line), April-June 2013

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  • 1. Laboratorio di tecnologieInternet per la scuola: #LTIS13Internet Technologies for EducationApril – June 2013A cMOOC led by Andreas R. FormiconiIUL - Italian University Line
  • 2. WHO & WHERE: The InstitutionIUL - Italian University Line, http://www.iuline.it(A partnership of 4 Universities: Milan (Milano Bicocca), Florence,Palermo, Catania, in collaboration with INDIRE, an Institution that ispart of the Ministry of Education and is concerned with the quality ofthe school system, innovation, research and documentation.)Offering Graduation & Master online courses to teachers.Giorgio Federici: DirectorAndreas R. Formiconi : professor at IUL; Associate Professor at theFaculty of Medicine, University of Florence.www.iuline.itEmail:cmooc@iuline.it
  • 3. What is a cMOOC?C = connectivistcMOOCs = discursive communitiescreating knowledge together[Martin Lugton, http://reflectionsandcontemplations.wordpress.com/2012/08/23/what-is-a-mooc-what-are-the-different-types-of-mooc-xmoocs]
  • 4. 481 registrations
  • 5. Massive OPEN Online Course• OPEN to whoever happens to come byand wants to have a try• OPEN because problems are posed andsolutions given freely among participants• OPEN because it encourages peer-to-peer tuition• OPEN because the use of open-accesssoftware is implemented (PiratePad,NoBlogs etc)
  • 6. Stated goals…• learning to live in cyberspace• learning to learn and teach in cyberspace• learning to create a learning andprofessional training community• bridging the technological gap betweenold and new generations• assisting final-year high-school students inchoosing a teaching career
  • 7. THE VILLAGEThe metaphor:Not this…“something we build together by discovering as we gowhat is the next useful thing to do, in everybodysinterest - the single persons as well as thecommunitys” A. Formiconi
  • 8. Not this….
  • 9. Tent camping in New Hampshire, from www.foresthistory.org…..but more like this:
  • 10. Then he expected us to…build housesbuild roadsstart visitingplan amenitiesstart various activities
  • 11. In the form of…BLOGSWEB FEED AGGREGATORSOCIAL BOOKMARKINGCOLLABORATIVE WRITINGwhatever…..
  • 12. PLAN vs CREATIVE CHAOSSUCCESSIVETASKS ?
  • 13. The PLAN led to….• 13 successive tasks• 42 posts• 3587 comments• 23 video tutorialsWhile from CREATIVE CHAOS……5 groups of people emerged, who decidedto do something together in the future
  • 14. Our teacher called these activites…STREAMS
  • 15. A course aboutTEACHINGthrough explicit description of what he wasgoing to do and why
  • 16. The power of METAPHORSWhy do we need metaphors? Because education haslost its original nature, which is that of a mission, and itspurpose, which consists of producing a culturalvision.“In Italy education at large is suffering from overuse offormality and bureaucracy; its a frozen system tendingto mechanically perpetuate itself, while what educationneeds is the ability to become a LEARNINGORGANIZATION, adapting to the ever faster changesin our world.Metaphors, tales, unexpected turns are used to hookstudents, hold them and possibly launch them intonew worlds. If they dont turn back and flee, if theyinsist in spite of difficulties, then maybe they needed tobe introduced into these worlds...” A. Formiconi
  • 17. KEY CONCEPTS• FLEXIBILITY … SERENDIPITY• FOLLOW your INTUITION: learning to let go of thingsand follow ones intuition “Knowledge and competence dont stem fromhandbooks but from exploration and daily use” A. FORMICONI• LEARNING is about GROWING, rather thanTAKING SUCCESSIVE STEPS• EVERYBODY at THEIR OWN PACE
  • 18. KEY CONCEPTSCO-TEACHING CO-LEARNINGTAKING CARE OF THE COMMUNITY
  • 19. KEY CONCEPTS• SHOWING ONE’S MISTAKES: mistakes teach!• LEAVING TECHNOLOGY ASIDE when it isnecessary to ponder and reflect• LISTENING: “listening is important, and when youLISTEN, then you have to adapt to demands moststudents make, otherwise it isnt real listening. So maybethe route can change, but my target stays the same, mytarget is very clear to me” A. Formiconi• REVISING and WAITING, so that nobody is leftbehind
  • 20. The cMOOC as anexperiment aboutLEARNING“The aim is bridging the gap between teachers and the newtechnological generations of students, not just by showing howtools (devices, software) work – the classical training -, but byimmersing the teachers in the same environment the studentsexperience, so that they can discover things by themselves.Its about learning by experiencing. Its about moving to cyberspaceand having a good look around, rather than being instructed.”
  • 21. “Mass university... traditional mass lecturesdont work very well. This is an experimentabout building communities so that massclasses might be more efficient.” A. Formiconi“How can a workshop with 400 students bemanaged? The central role cant be theteachers, with the students patiently queuing toget their share of attention...” A. Formiconi
  • 22. The problem of TIMINGSURVEYSSILENCE & WAITING
  • 23. At the end of the course….Posts published on the blog 2231Participants who joined the course group in Diigo 83Tags produced 990Bookmarks produced 45750 participants willing to pay to receive UniversityCredits for the course, after assessment by prof.Formiconi on the basis of practical participation tothe activities suggested.
  • 24. “A COURSE IS A STORY thatthe teacher tells. But in THISkind of course, the teachersstory gradually fades in thebackground as the studentsstories slowly emerge...”