The Elephant in the Fire Hose
Vance Stevens
MultiMOOC: What was that all about?
Feb 23, 2014 in Moodle MOOC 3
Jim Buckingham and Vance Stevens
conceived this regular weekly Learning2gether
event is as a report and reflection on
• ba...
What do Rolling Stones have
in common with teachers?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZnIn_QIZII
Vance Stevens MM3 23rd F...
Rolling Stones and super star teachers
Rolling Stones
• Excellent performers
• Practicing their calling for
decades
• Touc...
Conferences Past and Present
Time with star educators
was scarce
• Had to attend
conferences to have
moments with star
edu...
Star performer educators are
discovered in this ecosystem
– Star performer educators were always present in the
deferentia...
Speak ‘with’ audience, not ‘to’
• Try to model
meaningful learning
• It’s for learners, not
the teacher
• Superstar teache...
Visualize a network of fire hoses

http://evomlit.wordpress.com/2014/01/22/revisiting-the-question-of-tagging/
Vance Steve...
Situation chaotic and unfathomable
Do you feel that learning takes
place best
• when teachers are present?
– to call atten...
Elephants in the fire hoses
• MOOC geared toward learning from the fire
hose by discerning and piecing together in a
perso...
Connectivism
Learning theory for the digital age because
• Especially capable of addressing needs of
individual learners
•...
Lurkers are Good 
We all lurk
• We are all dedicated in something,
• We have limited time to spend on our
passions
Wenger...
What have we learned so far this year?
•
•
•
•
•

In EVO
In CO14
In MM3
In Rhizo14
Or whatever
MOOC you have
participated ...
1. Google+ Communities
From
superstar
educator
Shelly
Terrell and
her team
at Crafting
the
ePerfect
Textbook
https://plus....
Content through Listly Arrays

Vance Stevens MM3 23rd Feb 2014
2. Diagraming a Twitter tag network

http://evomlit.wordpress.com/2014/01/22/revisiting-the-question-of-tagging/
Vance Ste...
Diagram for #Rhizo14

http://hawksey.info/tagsexplorer/?key=tDHgQeSbHR3fcvN81EHnxQQ&sheet=oaw
Vance Stevens MM3 23rd Feb 2...
3. Provoking discussion
From
Superstar
educator
Dave
Cormier

https://p2pu.org/en/courses/882/content/1796/
Vance Stevens ...
4. About badges from Jim Buckingham

Vance Stevens MM3 23rd Feb 2014
For more, slides at
http://slideshare.net/vances
And read a draft of
The Elephant in the Fire Hose here:
https://docs.goog...
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This regular weekly Learning2gether event is conceived as a report and reflection on the latest foray into chaos in learning wrought by the EVO session #MultiMOOC, and what has been learned from it, by two of the co-moderators that laid it on. This presentation is a vestige of EVO and the Rhizomatic Learning MOOC #Rhizo14, and takes place as a part of Moodle MOOC 3
http://www.wiziq.com/online-class/1666094-mm3-multimooc-what-was-that-all-about

Vance has prepared some remarks on his part of the program in a very rough draft, entitled The Elephant in the Fire Hose:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1e0J3DaaQ4W_boJUjtGF7YuHjbXIzbMtWBDybWoR0QpY/edit?usp=sharing

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The elephant in the fire hose

  1. 1. The Elephant in the Fire Hose Vance Stevens MultiMOOC: What was that all about? Feb 23, 2014 in Moodle MOOC 3
  2. 2. Jim Buckingham and Vance Stevens conceived this regular weekly Learning2gether event is as a report and reflection on • badges • the latest foray into chaos in learning wrought by the EVO session #MultiMOOC, • and what has been learned from it This presentation is a vestige of EVO and the Rhizomatic Learning MOOC #Rhizo14, and takes place as a part of Moodle MOOC 3 Vance Stevens MM3 23rd Feb 2014
  3. 3. What do Rolling Stones have in common with teachers? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZnIn_QIZII Vance Stevens MM3 23rd Feb 2014
  4. 4. Rolling Stones and super star teachers Rolling Stones • Excellent performers • Practicing their calling for decades • Touch a huge percentage of the world’s population • Feel privileged to be in the same space with them Star teachers either – up and coming stars – experienced. slick performers • Clearly passionate about what they do – What they do is second nature • Touch hearts and minds – Enable change in young and old – Appreciated by all who encounter their work face to face, in writing, or online. Vance Stevens MM3 23rd Feb 2014
  5. 5. Conferences Past and Present Time with star educators was scarce • Had to attend conferences to have moments with star educators • Educators took role of sage on stage • Audience in position of deference Time with star performer educators now abundant • Exponentially increasing opportunities for teachers all around the world to connect with acknowledged star performers – Now, on an almost daily basis if they wish – Next year perhaps on an hourly basis Vance Stevens MM3 23rd Feb 2014
  6. 6. Star performer educators are discovered in this ecosystem – Star performer educators were always present in the deferential crowd around the podium – Nowadays real stars more like guides on the side, configure MOOCs and events to • Encourage voices from those present • Encourage open mic conferences – – – – GEC conferences Nellie Deutsch’s conferences with open Google Doc schedules Webheads in Action Online Convergences pioneered in 2005 K-12 Online conferences from 2006, These encourage participants to simply sign themselves up, giving rising star performers their own podium Vance Stevens MM3 23rd Feb 2014
  7. 7. Speak ‘with’ audience, not ‘to’ • Try to model meaningful learning • It’s for learners, not the teacher • Superstar teachers lead with a good riff but recognize the jazz musician in each student and teaching peer, and invite them to join in, to create a learning experience in concert https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdF48wmHydo Vance Stevens MM3 23rd Feb 2014
  8. 8. Visualize a network of fire hoses http://evomlit.wordpress.com/2014/01/22/revisiting-the-question-of-tagging/ Vance Stevens MM3 23rd Feb 2014
  9. 9. Situation chaotic and unfathomable Do you feel that learning takes place best • when teachers are present? – to call attention to what is important – make the process more efficient by relieving learners from distractions inherent in the fire hose. QUESTION? Or do you feel that • this is exciting and stimulating • not a problem really • deep learning can only derive from meaningful attempts at resolving chaos? – George Siemens says that for teachers to do the filtering that learners should be doing for themselves “eviscerates” the learning process. Vance Stevens MM3 23rd Feb 2014
  10. 10. Elephants in the fire hoses • MOOC geared toward learning from the fire hose by discerning and piecing together in a personal process of closure the parts of the elephant as they (the elephants) stream past. – Like salmon swimming upstream – Berry bush metaphor of Scanlon and Scanlon Vance Stevens MM3 23rd Feb 2014
  11. 11. Connectivism Learning theory for the digital age because • Especially capable of addressing needs of individual learners • Learners learning through networks have knowledge accessible as needed • Content echoes through nodes on network, so most important knowledge rises to the top • Most obscure can be found through its metadata Vance Stevens MM3 23rd Feb 2014
  12. 12. Lurkers are Good  We all lurk • We are all dedicated in something, • We have limited time to spend on our passions Wenger calls them peripheral members, • Healthy to a community because – it connects that community with other communities in which the lurker is quite possibly passionately active Vance Stevens MM3 23rd Feb 2014
  13. 13. What have we learned so far this year? • • • • • In EVO In CO14 In MM3 In Rhizo14 Or whatever MOOC you have participated in? Vance Stevens MM3 23rd Feb 2014
  14. 14. 1. Google+ Communities From superstar educator Shelly Terrell and her team at Crafting the ePerfect Textbook https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/108458862109297898812 Vance Stevens MM3 23rd Feb 2014
  15. 15. Content through Listly Arrays Vance Stevens MM3 23rd Feb 2014
  16. 16. 2. Diagraming a Twitter tag network http://evomlit.wordpress.com/2014/01/22/revisiting-the-question-of-tagging/ Vance Stevens MM3 23rd Feb 2014
  17. 17. Diagram for #Rhizo14 http://hawksey.info/tagsexplorer/?key=tDHgQeSbHR3fcvN81EHnxQQ&sheet=oaw Vance Stevens MM3 23rd Feb 2014
  18. 18. 3. Provoking discussion From Superstar educator Dave Cormier https://p2pu.org/en/courses/882/content/1796/ Vance Stevens MM3 23rd Feb 2014
  19. 19. 4. About badges from Jim Buckingham Vance Stevens MM3 23rd Feb 2014
  20. 20. For more, slides at http://slideshare.net/vances And read a draft of The Elephant in the Fire Hose here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1e0J3DaaQ4W_boJUjtGF7YuHjbXIzb MtWBDybWoR0QpY/edit
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