Using Canvas to Change the World: the LMS as Portal to Connected Learning


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Presentation for InstructureCon 2013 by Sean Michael Morris (@slamteacher) and Jesse Stommel (@Jessifer).

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Using Canvas to Change the World: the LMS as Portal to Connected Learning

  1. 1. InstructureCon - June 20, 2013Using Canvas to Change the World:The LMS as Portal to Connected LearningSean Michael Morris (@slamteacher) and Jesse Stommel (@Jessifer)[image by Kevin Dooley]#moocmooc #instconThursday, June 20, 13
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  4. 4. Hybrid Pedagogy is not just an academic journal, it is ajournal of praxis. Pedagogy -- its nature, practice, innovation-- is always the journal’s focus. But rather than simply talkabout pedagogy, we prefer to tamper with it and try it out onevery conceivable scale.In the last year, Hybrid Pedagogy set loose:• MOOC MOOC• Twitter vs. Zombies• Digital Writing Month• THATCamp Hybrid PedagogyAll of which set the stage for our latest exploration into theworld of MOOCs: the MOOCification MOOCathon.Thursday, June 20, 13
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  6. 6. MOOC MOOC was announced in the Hybrid Pedagogyarticle, “The March of the MOOCs: Monstrous OpenOnline Courses,” in which Jesse argues,“Content and learning are two separate things, often atodds. Most content is finite and contained; whereas,learning is chaotic and indeterminate. It’s relatively easyto create technological infrastructures to deliver content,harder to build relationships and learning communitiesto help mediate, inflect, and disrupt that content.”Thursday, June 20, 13
  7. 7. From “Hacking the Screwdriver: Instructure’s Canvas andthe Future of the LMS”:“Technology is only a tool -- a hammer or a screwdriver[...] Even the screwdriver can be hacked.”Thursday, June 20, 13
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  9. 9. From “Why Online Programs Fail, and 5 Things We CanDo About It”:“Massive courses should be massively taught.”(preferably with collaborators like @chris_friend and @writingasjoe)Thursday, June 20, 13
  10. 10. MOOC MOOC ran in August 2012 with over 600 registered participants andagain in January 2013 with over 1000 registered participants. During the firstiteration of the week-long MOOC MOOC, there were over 6000 unique visitorsto the course and almost 7000 tweets on the #moocmooc hashtag.“Analytics and #moocmooc” by Sheila MacNeillAn interactive graphic representation of #moocmooc Twitter participation by Martin HawkseyAnalysing threaded Twitter discussions from large archives using NodeXL by Martin Hawksey#moocmooc tagged twitter posts for first six days of MOOC MOOC by Andrew StaroscikThursday, June 20, 13
  11. 11. Some critics of MOOCs hold that these massive courses cannot possibly be interactive, andcertainly not at the level of the traditional classroom. Because of the sheer number of participants,facilitators can indeed be hard-put to set the table for meaningful discussion and collaboration.However, participants in MOOC MOOC functioned almost like a hive mind.They had individualagency, but the course activities emphasized the capacities of learners working in concert.Thursday, June 20, 13
  12. 12. Learning is ecstatic, rampant, distributed.The LMS is a deliverydevice, a portal to connected learning, not an ecosystem.Thursday, June 20, 13
  13. 13. The 24-hour MOOCification MOOCathon resulted in 1979 tweets on the #moocmooc hashtagfrom 176 participants, in addition to the discussions underway in the forums within Canvas. Forfull-data, see And click here for a graphical representation of contributions.Thursday, June 20, 13
  14. 14. MOOCification is really a kind of pillaging.You take whatworks about MOOCs, the best kinds of pedagogy theyopen up, and apply them to more traditional classes.Weshould create learning experiences that are permeable. Acourse should live outside the institution in which it’shoused, beyond the semester during which its taught,and even off the continent where it’s born. In this, theLMS provides a map and not a destination.Thursday, June 20, 13
  15. 15. MOOC While You Sleep: “How can we create learningexperiences that persist beyond our ability to make them go?”Thursday, June 20, 13