#edcmooc means Elearning and digital cultures, one of those coursera studies with 40 000 students. I have been traveling around the course materials and enjoying the mess which always surrounds these massive happenings. I have to admire those guys who offered the Facebook group beforehand and organized the learning platform with inspiration. I show you some pictures in our wiki:
I love visualizations so that I can see where to go: rooms and links are easy to follow. There are rooms for novices so that they feel confident, and there are rich possibilities to everyone. It is good to ask about own goals and basic concepts. What is digital culture and what am I seeking for here. This has been the best place to find the links I need, thanks to those wise and skillful participants. Because this course is quite open, one virtual school building is not enough, we need outer spaces, too. Here it comes:
The course material for the first week consists of short videos and we can recommend more ones, so we need a movie theatre. The Dark room sounds interesting, what could I do there?
These images inspire me to begin my studies. I gave my blog address and it was number 222. I gave my Twitter name and it was 279. if I remember right. Chris Swift was the founder of this all (Google docs, Google drive, wiki for this course – I am not careful with concepts, sorry, but I hope you can follow. His blog is worth of looking and so are many others. I made an edc file into my RSS in order to remember the blogs I have noticed. It is not easy to read hundreds of blogs and follow one’s doings.
The materials are waiting for reading. The basic questions interest me greatly, this course
will involve reading, viewing, discussing and representing how digital culture and digital education are often described as either utopian (creating highly desirable social, educational, or cultural effects) or dystopian (creating extremely negative effects for society, education or culture).
The purpose of examining digital and e-learning cultures in this way is to get an understanding of how these common kinds of constructions of the web, technology and online learning shape and influence our understanding of what’s possible and desirable in our own practices as learners, students and teachers.
I have been pondering on these questions some years and now I have this great possibility to participate on #edcmooc.
I have learned some new concepts already. Vanessa Vaile, who has commented this blog earlier, asked in the discussion forum if we are “serial or multiple moocers”. It is a new way of life to study via moocs, connectivistic or xMoocs. For me this edcmooc seems to work with the most connectivist ways, never seen a better beginning. It is fine to continue, but now I need a break, my brain cannot find any English words anymore, perhaps they are sleeping.