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Developing flexible open courses
(“cMOOCs”) with international
collaborators
Sarah Honeychurch @NomadWarMachine
Maha Bail ...
Who we are
Sarah: Learning technologist and philosophy GTA at the University of Glasgow,
Hybrid Pedagogy Editor
Maha: Asso...
What is a cMOOC?
Connectivist
Massive
Open
Online
Course/community
Platforms
Twitter
Facebook
G+
Wordpress
P2PU
Participants’ blogs
flickr photo by Leonorah Beverly shared under a Creative ...
Our experiences
• Digital Writing Month
• CLMOOC
• Rhizomatic learning: the community is the curriculum
Why we decided to ...
Rhizomatic learning MOOC
#Rhizo14
What happens when we approach a learning experience and we don’t know what
we are going ...
Themes
Week 1 - Cheating as Learning (Jan 14-21)
Week 2 - Enforcing Independence (Jan 21-28)
Week 3 - Embracing Uncertaint...
What happened next?
Week 7 - The Lunatics are taking over the Asylum (Feb 25 - Mar 4)
Week 8 - Demobbing Soldiers (Mar 4-9...
Rhizomatic learning MOOC
#Rhizo15
“Rhizomatic learning … posits a learning experience where
the curriculum of the course i...
Themes
Week 1: Learning Subjectives – designing for when you don’t know where you’re
going
Week 2: Learning is not a count...
Digital Writing Month
#DigiWriMo A 30-day adventure through the world of digital narrative & art
Free, Open, Online
2012, ...
What is Digital Writing Month?
“invites participants from all over the world to take risks, to play and to explore
creativ...
DigiWriMo 2015 Themes
• Writing: The Shifting Notions of Writing
• Visual: Using our Lens to Compose
• Audio: The Story of...
Who Contributed? Who Participated?
http://www.digitalwritingmonth.com/roster/
Facilitation
Lead facilitator each week (Maha weeks 1&4, Kevin week 2, Sarah week 3)
• Responsible for soliciting contribu...
Collaborative tools
Planning
• Twitter/ Twitter DM
• Email
• Slack
• Google Docs
• Google Slides
Delivery
• Google Docs
• ...
Connected Learning MOOC
#CLMOOC A four week exploration of the principles and practices
of connected learning.
Free, Open,...
What is CLMOOC?
“Connected Learning is a research and design-based approach to education. It is
based on the learning prin...
Designing for Possibilities: Connected Learning
Learning Principles
1. Interest-powered
2. Peer-supported
3. Academically ...
Make Cycles
Cultivating Connections
Reciprocating Connections
Purposive Pause
Celebrating Connections
Image credit: Ron Le...
Who facilitated?
1. Sarah & Sheri
2. Helen & Susan
2.5. Jeffrey & Charlene
3. Allie & Scott
Anna, Joe, Karen, Kevin
Image ...
Facilitation
Make Cycle Facilitators
Co-wrote 2 newsletters - published Sunday and Friday
ran Google Hangout “Make with me...
Emergent Projects (or, Expecting the Unexpected)
More Emergence
Google Maps
CLMOOC 15 CLMOOC 16
Network Visualisation
TAGS Explorer (Martin Hawksey)
RhizoRadio: Mr X loses his battle for objectivity
Tania’s blog post
Crowdsourced radio play
Mixed in Audacity by Kevin
Upl...
Collaborative music
https://soundcloud.com/dogtrax/rhizo15-we-find-our-way-through?in=nomad-war-machine/sets/rhizomes
http...
Story
Jumpers
One story.
26 authors
from across
the world
Link to map by Kevin Hodgson: https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/...
ThingLink by Wendy Taleo https://www.thinglink.com/scene/727708830464475138
Postcard project
Google Form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfXy0U0PpfpkxybWAfZ2-rez46P1T3wnvKR3BwK6AoXsv3gjg/v...
Image credits: Sarah Honeychurch
CLMOOC 14
Constellation Chart: https://www.thinglink.com/scene/547358178266841090
Blog Post about it: http://dogtrax.edubl...
Other collaborations
Elfje (Little 11) poems for DigiWriMo
Rhizo 15 Sestina
Capstone Poems for CLMOOC
CLMOOC Identity Shat...
Comparisons
Diversity versus spontaneity?
Image credit: Sarah Honeychurch
CLMOOC Sync Twitter chat
and Google
Hangouts
2 x...
Challenges
“Planning for allowing for the unexpected is the
underlying theme of CLMOOC, really.” Kevin
flickr photo by Ste...
Balance and diversity of voices
1. Whose voices get heard/privileged? Focused on nationality
and race
2. Inclusion is elus...
Whom Do We (Inevitably/Unintentionally) Exclude?
1. Language (English and discourses of open learning)
2. Shy/vulnerable (...
Unintentional exclusion
"there will always, always, be someone we missed;
an entire category of someones we missed. But we...
Structure versus “spontaneous creative riffing”*
How do you find the correct balance?
Too much structure stifles spontanei...
The challenge of multiple time zones
• When do you schedule synchronous activities?
• When do you release announcements?
•...
Cognitive overload
Of participants
Of facilitators
The importance of backchannels
Purposive Pauses
FOMO/JOMO
Orient, decla...
What happens next?
Decision to nurture our CLMOOC community
#CLMOOC, Facebook, G+
Hybrid Pedagogy (Digital Pedagogy Lab) h...
Questions
Image credit: Sarah Honeychurch
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  1. 1. Developing flexible open courses (“cMOOCs”) with international collaborators Sarah Honeychurch @NomadWarMachine Maha Bail @Bali_Maha Kevin Hodgson @Dogtrax
  2. 2. Who we are Sarah: Learning technologist and philosophy GTA at the University of Glasgow, Hybrid Pedagogy Editor Maha: Associate Professor of Practice at the American University of Cairo, International Director of Digital Pedagogy Lab Kevin: 6th grade teacher, outreach co-director Western Mass Writing Project. All met during #rhizo14, a sort of cMOOC facilitated by Dave Cormier
  3. 3. What is a cMOOC? Connectivist Massive Open Online Course/community
  4. 4. Platforms Twitter Facebook G+ Wordpress P2PU Participants’ blogs flickr photo by Leonorah Beverly shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-SA) license
  5. 5. Our experiences • Digital Writing Month • CLMOOC • Rhizomatic learning: the community is the curriculum Why we decided to facilitate DigiWriMo: • Believe in the principles behind Hybrid Pedagogy • Love the community around #DigPed • Welcomed the opportunity to create a more diverse conversation
  6. 6. Rhizomatic learning MOOC #Rhizo14 What happens when we approach a learning experience and we don’t know what we are going to learn? Where each student can learn something a little bit different – together? If we decide that important learning is more like being a parent, or being a cook, and less like knowing all the counties in England in 1450? What if we decided to trust the idea that people can come together to learn given the availability of an abundance of perspective, of information and of connection? https://courses.p2pu.org/en/courses/882/rhizomatic-learning-the-community-is- the-curriculum/ Dave Cormier Image credit Clarissa Bezerra
  7. 7. Themes Week 1 - Cheating as Learning (Jan 14-21) Week 2 - Enforcing Independence (Jan 21-28) Week 3 - Embracing Uncertainty (Jan 28-Feb 4) Week 4 - Is Books Making Us Stupid? (Feb 4-Feb 11) Week 5 - Community As Curriculum (Feb 11-Feb 18) Week 6 - Planned Obsolescence (Feb 18-?)
  8. 8. What happened next? Week 7 - The Lunatics are taking over the Asylum (Feb 25 - Mar 4) Week 8 - Demobbing Soldiers (Mar 4-9) Week 9 - Why do We Need Lurkers? (Marc 11-18) Week 10 - Creativity: the art of thriving in arid environments (Mar 22 - 30) Week 11 - Powerful thoughts (Mar 31 - Apr 7) Week 12 1/2 MOOC Missionaries (April 10 - ?)
  9. 9. Rhizomatic learning MOOC #Rhizo15 “Rhizomatic learning … posits a learning experience where the curriculum of the course is the people that are in it. Given access to an abundance of content, how can we design a learning experience that celebrates complexity and creativity, rather than an artificial standard of knowing? A course experience where each student is encouraged to map their own learning?” http://rhizomatic.net/ Image credit Wendy Taleo
  10. 10. Themes Week 1: Learning Subjectives – designing for when you don’t know where you’re going Week 2: Learning is not a counting noun… so what should we count? Week 3: The myth of content Week 4 – Can/should we get rid of the idea of ‘dave’? How do we teach rhizomatically? Week 5: Is community learning an invasive species? Week 6 – Rhizomatic learning, a practical guide
  11. 11. Digital Writing Month #DigiWriMo A 30-day adventure through the world of digital narrative & art Free, Open, Online 2012, 2014, 2015 Hybrid Pedagogy journal Facilitated in 2015 by Maha Bali, Sarah Honeychurch and Kevin Hodgson
  12. 12. What is Digital Writing Month? “invites participants from all over the world to take risks, to play and to explore creative forms of expression: particularly as afforded by the digital, which quite often, is not just textual or individual.” http://www.hybridpedagogy.com/announcements/digital-writing-month-2015/ Photo, “Late Autumn Leaf“, by Mirai Takahashi and licensed CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.
  13. 13. DigiWriMo 2015 Themes • Writing: The Shifting Notions of Writing • Visual: Using our Lens to Compose • Audio: The Story of Sound and Waves • Transmedia: Pushing into the Edges of Stories Image credit: Kevin Hodgson
  14. 14. Who Contributed? Who Participated? http://www.digitalwritingmonth.com/roster/
  15. 15. Facilitation Lead facilitator each week (Maha weeks 1&4, Kevin week 2, Sarah week 3) • Responsible for soliciting contributions and publishing to Wordpress prior to event starting • Heralding each publication and cheerleading during the week • Writing an introductory piece for our week Platform admin • Twitter account: Maha • Facebook page: Sarah • G+ community: Kevin • Mailchimp: Maha • TAGS: Sarah All tweeted to #DigiWriMo from personal accounts Image credit: Sarah Honeychurch
  16. 16. Collaborative tools Planning • Twitter/ Twitter DM • Email • Slack • Google Docs • Google Slides Delivery • Google Docs • Google Slides • Hackpad • Hypothes.is • Vialogues Image credit: Sarah Honeychurch
  17. 17. Connected Learning MOOC #CLMOOC A four week exploration of the principles and practices of connected learning. Free, Open, Online 2013, 2014, 2015 Facilitated by the National Writing Project and Educator Innovator 2016 Facilitated by a team of volunteers Image credit: Ron Leunissen
  18. 18. What is CLMOOC? “Connected Learning is a research and design-based approach to education. It is based on the learning principles of being interest-powered, peer-supported, and academically-oriented. It is based on the design principles of being production- centered, openly-networked, and shared purpose. And it espouses core values of equity, social connection, and full participation.” http://clmooc.com/2016/welcome-to-clmooc-2016/ Image credit: National Writing Project
  19. 19. Designing for Possibilities: Connected Learning Learning Principles 1. Interest-powered 2. Peer-supported 3. Academically oriented Design Principles 1. Production-centered 2. Openly networked 3. Shared purpose Core Values 1. Equity 2. Social Connection 3. Full Participation
  20. 20. Make Cycles Cultivating Connections Reciprocating Connections Purposive Pause Celebrating Connections Image credit: Ron Leunissen
  21. 21. Who facilitated? 1. Sarah & Sheri 2. Helen & Susan 2.5. Jeffrey & Charlene 3. Allie & Scott Anna, Joe, Karen, Kevin Image credit: Sarah Honeychurch (original artwork by Susan Watson)
  22. 22. Facilitation Make Cycle Facilitators Co-wrote 2 newsletters - published Sunday and Friday ran Google Hangout “Make with me” (Tuesday, 4pm Pacific time) ran Twitter chat (Thursday, 4pm Pacific time) Karen Did everything else (published to Wordpress, sent out newsletters, kept us all to schedule, ran the official Twitter account, kept the Make Bank up to date) Daily Connect https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OegcvtyXX7U&feature=youtu.be
  23. 23. Emergent Projects (or, Expecting the Unexpected)
  24. 24. More Emergence
  25. 25. Google Maps CLMOOC 15 CLMOOC 16
  26. 26. Network Visualisation TAGS Explorer (Martin Hawksey)
  27. 27. RhizoRadio: Mr X loses his battle for objectivity Tania’s blog post Crowdsourced radio play Mixed in Audacity by Kevin Uploaded to Soundcloud
  28. 28. Collaborative music https://soundcloud.com/dogtrax/rhizo15-we-find-our-way-through?in=nomad-war-machine/sets/rhizomes https://soundcloud.com/dogtrax/rhizomatic-blues?in=nomad-war-machine/sets/rhizomes
  29. 29. Story Jumpers One story. 26 authors from across the world Link to map by Kevin Hodgson: https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?mid=zYeEwV7o_qjg.kXIXpMKBKTh4
  30. 30. ThingLink by Wendy Taleo https://www.thinglink.com/scene/727708830464475138
  31. 31. Postcard project Google Form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfXy0U0PpfpkxybWAfZ2-rez46P1T3wnvKR3BwK6AoXsv3gjg/viewform
  32. 32. Image credits: Sarah Honeychurch
  33. 33. CLMOOC 14 Constellation Chart: https://www.thinglink.com/scene/547358178266841090 Blog Post about it: http://dogtrax.edublogs.org/2014/07/16/reinventing-the-night-a- star-chartconstellation-collaboration/ Reflections on the Theme of Light: http://digitalis.nwp.org/resource/6141 flickr photo by Alison-Chan shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-SA) license
  34. 34. Other collaborations Elfje (Little 11) poems for DigiWriMo Rhizo 15 Sestina Capstone Poems for CLMOOC CLMOOC Identity Shattering in Six Words Open learning recipe from rhizo15 Hypothes.is annotation flash mob Vialogues
  35. 35. Comparisons Diversity versus spontaneity? Image credit: Sarah Honeychurch CLMOOC Sync Twitter chat and Google Hangouts 2 x newsletters per Make Cycle Facilitator-led creative activities Large team of facilitators DigiWriMo No official sync 4-5 posts commissioned per week Contributor-led activities Small team of facilitators, ~20 contributors Rhizoxx Google Hangouts (rhizo14) None (rhizo15) Short video & blog post by Dave each week Spontaneous participant activities only Dave
  36. 36. Challenges “Planning for allowing for the unexpected is the underlying theme of CLMOOC, really.” Kevin flickr photo by Steve took it shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-SA) license
  37. 37. Balance and diversity of voices 1. Whose voices get heard/privileged? Focused on nationality and race 2. Inclusion is elusive but we need to continue to make conscious choices to target for inclusion and not tokenize 3. Efforts to include people on THEIR OWN terms Article: Digital Writing Month: Striving for Inclusion in Open Online Learning http://www.chronicle.com/blogs/profhacker/digiwrimo15/61207 http://blog.mahabali.me/blog/pedagogy/critical-pedagogy/reproducing-marginality/ flickr photo by Nick Kenrick shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC) license
  38. 38. Whom Do We (Inevitably/Unintentionally) Exclude? 1. Language (English and discourses of open learning) 2. Shy/vulnerable (e.g. uncomfortable with own work being remixed) 3. Less confident/interested in making/artistic endeavors 4. Multimodality privileges a. Able-bodied individuals (Yin Wah Kreher posted on accessibility in DWM) b. People with good internet and software access/infrastructure c. People with digital literacies already (even as course develops them) 5. Every "we" is a "not them" (Dave Cormier) - inevitable in community flickr photo by niksin shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-SA) license
  39. 39. Unintentional exclusion "there will always, always, be someone we missed; an entire category of someones we missed. But we also do not want to reduce people to their categories." - Maha Bali on Prof Hacker flickr photo by Andrea Kirkby shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC) license
  40. 40. Structure versus “spontaneous creative riffing”* How do you find the correct balance? Too much structure stifles spontaneity Too little structure can leave participants feeling lost Try to provide different versions of activities (dip in/dive in)? How do you cope when the participants go rogue? * http://cogdogblog.com/2016/05/flag-hands/ flickr photo by CHOLKE shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-SA) license
  41. 41. The challenge of multiple time zones • When do you schedule synchronous activities? • When do you release announcements? • How do you manage a crisis that happens during your down time? Image credit: Sarah Honeychurch
  42. 42. Cognitive overload Of participants Of facilitators The importance of backchannels Purposive Pauses FOMO/JOMO Orient, declare, network, cluster, focus http://www.nomadwarmachine.co.uk/2015/05/04/time-to-cluster/
  43. 43. What happens next? Decision to nurture our CLMOOC community #CLMOOC, Facebook, G+ Hybrid Pedagogy (Digital Pedagogy Lab) hand over DigiWriMo CLMOOC takes over DigiWriMo 16 with Mia Zamora (Kean University)
  44. 44. Questions Image credit: Sarah Honeychurch

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