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Chaos and Learning: What 
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Sharing Digital Stories, and Flipping Class...
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Parsing the Abstract 
You will find the following abstract for my talk at 
http://www.wiziq.com/online-class/2186507-plena...
Connectivism: A learning theory for 
the digital age (Siemens, 2004) 
Vance Stevens at GLoCALL 
Ahmedabad 2014 
http://www...
Structured learning? Irrelevant? 
Vance Stevens at GLoCALL 
Ahmedabad 2014 
In this YouTube video, Siemens says at min 1:1...
Irrelevant!!? Who said that? 
Vance Stevens at GLoCALL 
Ahmedabad 2014 
http://www.amazon.com/Why-School-Education-Informa...
Siemens on Chaos 
Vance Stevens at GLoCALL 
Ahmedabad 2014 
Howard Reingold interviews George Siemens: 
http://www.youtube...
Siemens on Chaos 
"I’m not aware of any research actually that says linear structure 
produces better outcomes than more c...
Stephen DownesWiAOC 2007 
Vance Stevens at GLoCALL 
Ahmedabad 2014 
http://downes.ca 
http://www.slideshare.net/Downes/per...
What else do you want to know? 
Vance Stevens - TACON Conference 
Dubai - March 2013 
• Almost 500 posts about MOOCs: 
htt...
Downes on Chaos 
From this YouTube 
Noves maneres daprendre i treballar 
en la societat xarxa 
http://youtu.be/wyaeTvGQDsA...
Dave Snowden: Cynefin 
Vance Stevens at GLoCALL 
Ahmedabad 2014 
http://youtu.be/N7oz366X0-8
Dave Cormier on Complex / Chaotic 
Vance Stevens at GLoCALL 
Ahmedabad 2014 
http://learning2gether.net/2013/01/20/dave-co...
Sus Nyrop on Chaos Navigation 
http://www.vancestevens.com/papers/evonline2002/wiaoc2007help.htm 
Vance Stevens January 20...
Vance Stevens on Complex / Chaotic 
Vance Stevens at GLoCALL 
Ahmedabad 2014 
There is no such thing as an English teacher...
For more detailed information 
Vance Stevens at GLoCALL 
Ahmedabad 2014 
Take a side-tour: http://www.slideshare.net/vance...
Incidentally, what’s a MOOC? 
Vance Stevens at GLoCALL 
Ahmedabad 2014 
Basic MOOC history 
• Wiki view 
• Wikipedia 
• St...
Massive / Open / Online / Course 
Vance Stevens at GLoCALL 
Ahmedabad 2014 
• Open / online: Takes advantage of abundance ...
Coping with cMOOCs (Cormier) 
Vance Stevens at GLoCALL 
Ahmedabad 2014 
http://youtu.be/r8avYQ5ZqM0
One way cMOOCs scale: RSS 
Vance Stevens at GLoCALL 
Ahmedabad 2014 
• Enroll your blog on a MOOC 
• Tag relevant posts wi...
Understanding of cMOOCs is ineffable 
Vance Stevens January 2014 
https://p2pu.org/en/courses/882/rhizomatic-learning- 
th...
Martin Hawksey’s TAGSxplorer 
Vance Stevens at GLoCALL 
Ahmedabad 2014 
http://hawksey.info/tagsexplorer/ connective cloud...
Figuring out TAGSxplorer via MOOC 
Vance Stevens at GLoCALL 
Ahmedabad 2014 
I want a connective cloud of my own tag … How...
I just happened to see this … 
Vance Stevens at GLoCALL 
Ahmedabad 2014
Learnification?? Huh? <click> 
Vance Stevens at GLoCALL 
Ahmedabad 2014
WritingMatrix: The blog project 
Vance Stevens at GLoCALL 
Ahmedabad 2014 
The 
digital 
story 
http://writingmatrix.wikis...
There are also xMOOCs 
Vance Stevens at GLoCALL 
Ahmedabad 2014 
http://degreeoffreedom.org/xmooc-vs-cmooc/
Thrun and Norvig’s xMOOC on AI 
Vance Stevens at GLoCALL 
Ahmedabad 2014 
http://moocnewsandreviews.com/ultimate-guide-to-...
xMOOCs (Thrunwent from Stanford to found Udacity) 
Vance Stevens Education2020 Jan 
2014 
https://www.edx.org/course-list ...
Siemens on cMOOC vs xMOOC 
Siemens coined the term xMOOC in a 2012 post 
("xMOOC?" http://www.elearnspace.org/blog/2012/07...
Flipped learning in MOOCs 
Vance Stevens at GLoCALL 
Ahmedabad 2014 
http://www.wired.com/2012/03/ff_aiclass/all/ 
http://...
Connected Courses (happening NOW) 
Vance Stevens at GLoCALL 
Ahmedabad 2014 
http://connectedcourses.net/ 
Embodies some o...
“You’re not on the edge if you’re not falling off” 
Vance Stevens at GLoCALL 
Ahmedabad 2014 
http://rheingold.com/
Alan Levine 
Vance Stevens at GLoCALL 
Ahmedabad 2014 
http://50ways.wikispaces.com/ 
Jim Groom 
http://cogdogblog.com/ 
h...
http://ds106.us 
Vance Stevens at GLoCALL 
Ahmedabad 2014
Why digital stories? 
Vance Stevens at GLoCALL 
Ahmedabad 2014
GLoCALL 
HoA 
work-shop 
Oct 9, 
2014 
Vance Stevens at GLoCALL 
Ahmedabad 2014 
http://learning2gether.net/2014/10 
/09/l...
Join us Sundays on L2G 
Vance Stevens at GLoCALL 
Ahmedabad 2014 
http://learning2gether.pbworks.com/w/page/32206114/volun...
Thank you 
Join us online - 
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Plenary address at GLoCALL Ahmedabad - Chaos and Learning: What we learn from MOOCs about Professional Development, Flipping Classrooms, and Sharing Digital Stories

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Abstract at http://www.wiziq.com/online-class/2186507-plenary-session-4
The first MOOC was conceived in 2008 as a model of connectivist learning theory. Its proponents Georgare Siemens, Stephen Downes, and Dave Cormier almost inadvertently seeded a revolution in re-thinking how we conceive learning in a highly networked digital age. Since then, MOOCs have tended to fall between two extremes which have come to be known as cMOOCs and xMOOCs. These are differentiated in part in the way they approach their subject matter; i.e. the degree to which they expose participants to the chaos they are likely to encounter in the real world, and the degree to which they engage learners in resolving that chaos. This talk examines what MOOCs can teach us about the role of chaos in our own learning, and suggests how we can apply MOOC models to our contexts of facilitating our students’ learning, and in learning from one another in our ongoing professional development (blogged: http://advanceducation.blogspot.in/2014/10/what-we-learn-from-moocs-about.html)

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Plenary address at GLoCALL Ahmedabad - Chaos and Learning: What we learn from MOOCs about Professional Development, Flipping Classrooms, and Sharing Digital Stories

  1. 1. Chaos and Learning: What we learn from MOOCs about Professional Development Sharing Digital Stories, and Flipping Classrooms Vance Stevens Plenary at GLoCALL Ahmedabad, India, Oct 11, 2014
  2. 2. Have you heard of PollEv.com? Vance Stevens at GLoCALL Ahmedabad 2014
  3. 3. Let’s try it – create a contact +61-429-883-481 https://www.PollEv.com/vancestevens602 Vance Stevens at GLoCALL Ahmedabad 2014 Or scan this QR Code
  4. 4. If you see this, wait a minute Vance Stevens at GLoCALL Ahmedabad 2014
  5. 5. Respond in browser or text a code Vance Stevens at GLoCALL Ahmedabad 2014
  6. 6. Try another one? Vance Stevens at GLoCALL Ahmedabad 2014
  7. 7. No need to take notes All my slides are online: http://slideshare.net/vances And you can read a text version here: http://adVancEducation.blogspot.com Vance Stevens at GLoCALL Ahmedabad 2014
  8. 8. Parsing the Abstract You will find the following abstract for my talk at http://www.wiziq.com/online-class/2186507-plenary-session-4 Chaos and Learning: What we learn from MOOCs about Professional Development and Flipping Classrooms (and sharing digital stories) • First MOOC conceived in 2008 as a model of connectivist learning theory • Proponents George Siemens, Stephen Downes, and Dave Cormier seeded revolution in re-thinking how learning occurs in highly networked digital age • Since then, MOOCs tend to fall between extremes • cMOOCs • and xMOOCs. • Differentiated in part in the way they approach their subject matter; i.e. the degree to which they • expose participants to the chaos they are likely to encounter in the real world, • engage learners in resolving that chaos • This talk examines what MOOCs can teach us about the role of chaos in our own learning, and suggests how we can apply MOOC models to our contexts of facilitating our students’ learning, and in learning from one another in our ongoing professional development. Vance Stevens at GLoCALL Ahmedabad 2014
  9. 9. Connectivism: A learning theory for the digital age (Siemens, 2004) Vance Stevens at GLoCALL Ahmedabad 2014 http://www.elearnspace.org/Articles/connectivism.htm
  10. 10. Structured learning? Irrelevant? Vance Stevens at GLoCALL Ahmedabad 2014 In this YouTube video, Siemens says at min 1:13 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqL_lsogeNU&feature=youtu.be
  11. 11. Irrelevant!!? Who said that? Vance Stevens at GLoCALL Ahmedabad 2014 http://www.amazon.com/Why-School-Education-Information-Everywhere-ebook/dp/B00998J5YQ
  12. 12. Siemens on Chaos Vance Stevens at GLoCALL Ahmedabad 2014 Howard Reingold interviews George Siemens: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMfipxhT_Co&feature=related
  13. 13. Siemens on Chaos "I’m not aware of any research actually that says linear structure produces better outcomes than more chaotic meandering structure. Our intent … is to argue that • the experience of learning, making sense of that chaos, is actually the heart of the learning experience, • but if an instructor makes sense of that chaos for you and gives you all the readings and sets the full path in place for you then • you are eviscerating the learner’s experience • because now you’ve made sense of them and all you’ve told them is walk the path that I’ve formed. • When it comes to complexity I’m a great fan of letting learner’s hack their way through that path and getting the value of that learning experience and that sense-making process.” Vance Stevens January 2014
  14. 14. Stephen DownesWiAOC 2007 Vance Stevens at GLoCALL Ahmedabad 2014 http://downes.ca http://www.slideshare.net/Downes/personal-learning-the-web-20-way
  15. 15. What else do you want to know? Vance Stevens - TACON Conference Dubai - March 2013 • Almost 500 posts about MOOCs: http://www.downes.ca/mooc_posts.htm • Downes, S. (2012). Connectivism and Connective Knowledge: Essays on meaning and learning networks. Stephen's Web: My eBooks. Available http://www.downes.ca/files/Connective_Knowledge-19May2012.pdf.
  16. 16. Downes on Chaos From this YouTube Noves maneres daprendre i treballar en la societat xarxa http://youtu.be/wyaeTvGQDsA Vance Stevens January 2014 “What we see is chaos”
  17. 17. Dave Snowden: Cynefin Vance Stevens at GLoCALL Ahmedabad 2014 http://youtu.be/N7oz366X0-8
  18. 18. Dave Cormier on Complex / Chaotic Vance Stevens at GLoCALL Ahmedabad 2014 http://learning2gether.net/2013/01/20/dave-cormier-discusses-cmooc-and-multimooc-co/
  19. 19. Sus Nyrop on Chaos Navigation http://www.vancestevens.com/papers/evonline2002/wiaoc2007help.htm Vance Stevens January 2014
  20. 20. Vance Stevens on Complex / Chaotic Vance Stevens at GLoCALL Ahmedabad 2014 There is no such thing as an English teacher http://tesl-ej.org/ej28/int.html (Cairo, 2004)
  21. 21. For more detailed information Vance Stevens at GLoCALL Ahmedabad 2014 Take a side-tour: http://www.slideshare.net/vances/chaos-in-learning
  22. 22. Incidentally, what’s a MOOC? Vance Stevens at GLoCALL Ahmedabad 2014 Basic MOOC history • Wiki view • Wikipedia • Starting with pre-history of MOOCs • This page, click here http://nova.campusguides.com/c.php?g=112312&amp;p=725994
  23. 23. Massive / Open / Online / Course Vance Stevens at GLoCALL Ahmedabad 2014 • Open / online: Takes advantage of abundance vs. scarcity • Massive: Scales Stephen Downes 2012; posted in Alan Levine: http://cogdogblog.com/2012/09/21/just-ds106/
  24. 24. Coping with cMOOCs (Cormier) Vance Stevens at GLoCALL Ahmedabad 2014 http://youtu.be/r8avYQ5ZqM0
  25. 25. One way cMOOCs scale: RSS Vance Stevens at GLoCALL Ahmedabad 2014 • Enroll your blog on a MOOC • Tag relevant posts with the MOOC tag • The script aggregates ALL just tagged posts from ALL participants • Displays them in newsletter format • Participants can then interact with each other by commenting on each other’s posts http://grsshopper.downes.ca/about.htm
  26. 26. Understanding of cMOOCs is ineffable Vance Stevens January 2014 https://p2pu.org/en/courses/882/rhizomatic-learning- the-community-is-the-curriculum/ http://x28newblog.wordpress.com/2014/01/12/rhizo14-opml-feedlist/
  27. 27. Martin Hawksey’s TAGSxplorer Vance Stevens at GLoCALL Ahmedabad 2014 http://hawksey.info/tagsexplorer/ connective cloud of all Twitter posts RHIZO14 http://hawksey.info/tagsexplorer/?key=tDHgQeSbHR3fcvN81EHnxQQ&sheet=oaw
  28. 28. Figuring out TAGSxplorer via MOOC Vance Stevens at GLoCALL Ahmedabad 2014 I want a connective cloud of my own tag … How? (who you gonna call?) http://evomlit.wordpress.com/2014/01/22/revisiting-the-question-of-tagging/
  29. 29. I just happened to see this … Vance Stevens at GLoCALL Ahmedabad 2014
  30. 30. Learnification?? Huh? <click> Vance Stevens at GLoCALL Ahmedabad 2014
  31. 31. WritingMatrix: The blog project Vance Stevens at GLoCALL Ahmedabad 2014 The digital story http://writingmatrix.wikispaces.com http://youtu.be/NHjlCY0BCNo
  32. 32. There are also xMOOCs Vance Stevens at GLoCALL Ahmedabad 2014 http://degreeoffreedom.org/xmooc-vs-cmooc/
  33. 33. Thrun and Norvig’s xMOOC on AI Vance Stevens at GLoCALL Ahmedabad 2014 http://moocnewsandreviews.com/ultimate-guide-to-xmoocs-and-cmoocso/
  34. 34. xMOOCs (Thrunwent from Stanford to found Udacity) Vance Stevens Education2020 Jan 2014 https://www.edx.org/course-list https://www.udacity.com/courses#!/All
  35. 35. Siemens on cMOOC vs xMOOC Siemens coined the term xMOOC in a 2012 post ("xMOOC?" http://www.elearnspace.org/blog/2012/07/25/moocs-are-really-a-platform/) • "Our MOOC model emphasizes creation, creativity, autonomy, and social networked learning. • The Coursera model emphasizes a more traditional learning approach through video presentations and short quizzes and testing. Put another way, • cMOOCs focus on knowledge creation and generation • whereas xMOOCs focus on knowledge duplication." Vance Stevens at GLoCALL Ahmedabad 2014
  36. 36. Flipped learning in MOOCs Vance Stevens at GLoCALL Ahmedabad 2014 http://www.wired.com/2012/03/ff_aiclass/all/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flipped_classroom
  37. 37. Connected Courses (happening NOW) Vance Stevens at GLoCALL Ahmedabad 2014 http://connectedcourses.net/ Embodies some of best elements of MOOCs and online learning • Jim Groom - Edupunk, domain-of-one’s own, http://ds106.us/ • Alan Levine - http://50ways.wikispaces.com to tell a digital story • Howard Rheingold – Smart mobs, Net Smart, Mind amplifiers
  38. 38. “You’re not on the edge if you’re not falling off” Vance Stevens at GLoCALL Ahmedabad 2014 http://rheingold.com/
  39. 39. Alan Levine Vance Stevens at GLoCALL Ahmedabad 2014 http://50ways.wikispaces.com/ Jim Groom http://cogdogblog.com/ http://umw.domains/
  40. 40. http://ds106.us Vance Stevens at GLoCALL Ahmedabad 2014
  41. 41. Why digital stories? Vance Stevens at GLoCALL Ahmedabad 2014
  42. 42. GLoCALL HoA work-shop Oct 9, 2014 Vance Stevens at GLoCALL Ahmedabad 2014 http://learning2gether.net/2014/10 /09/learning2gether-with-glocall- 2014-ahmedabad-india/
  43. 43. Join us Sundays on L2G Vance Stevens at GLoCALL Ahmedabad 2014 http://learning2gether.pbworks.com/w/page/32206114/volunteersneeded http://tinyurl.com/learning2gether
  44. 44. Thank you Join us online - Find out when and where at http://learning2gether.pbworks.com/ Or http://tinyurl.com/learning2gether Info and archives: http://learning2gether.net Vance Stevens, vancestev@gmail.com http://advanceducation.blogspot.com/2014/10/what-we-learn-from-moocs-about.html

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