Tuesday, May 28, 2013

MOOC to Manage Change

I’m following a new MOOC now in progress called Managing Change in Community Development.  So far 158 members worldwide. 

This is my third MOOC to follow.  What does “follow” mean?  I check out how the MOOC is structured.  I check out how participants engage with each other.  Mainly, my self-directed learning revolves around how technology works or does not work to improve my learning.  

The first MOOC I followed was MobiMOOC12, and I did participate and complete the course.  The first MOOC is considered a cMOOC since it is constructivist in approach.  Experts present live and recorded webinars available on You Tube. Interaction is encouraged through discussions around the expert webinars.  Learners work on individual projects with feedback from each other. 

The second MOOC would be considered an xMOOC.  The course “How to Build a Start Up” on Udacity is backed by higher education experimentation.  A high profile expert, Steve Blank is the instructor.  Really great videos by Steve Blank are followed by quizzes to test knowledge of skills.  A discussion on site covers topics of interest to the learners.  So, why do I not complete this course?  I could get a certificate and it is of interest to my non profit. 

The third MOOC is delivered on Google+.  The expert webinars are delivered live using Google Hangouts and recorded on You Tube.  The discussions to date are not organized around any topic.  This MOOC would also be considered a cMOOC.   The MOOC fills the need for a community of practice and a certificate is available.  At this point, I’m participating since I’m doing this blog, considered a weekly activity.  This MOOC is the least structured, but it is using simple tools that are available for free and could be accessed on many devices. 

To stay on top of all these MOOC changes, I’m reading Inge de Waard’s e-book, MOOC Yourself: Set up your own MOOC for business, non profits & informal communities (2013).   Check out the book to see how fast this new MOOC disruption is changing learning. 

Then, view the video to see where you fit into the MOOC revolution.  What kind of follower are you?

Friday, January 4, 2013

Technology can help...

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