Rhizo14 as a gathering place

Today I want to rest and handle only easy topics. I took the heading from Dave Cormier’s post MOOCs as a Gathering Place, where he tells about us. I compare my experiences with him by showing the situation around this blog. This is only a little part of the course, but I have noticed differences compared to other MOOCs. Google Analytics gives the information about visits, visitors and pageviews so easily that I like to check them almost every morning during a course. It is feedback. So continue if you are interested in my blog’s life 🙂

My blog changed its address in January just when rhizo14 began. So the numbers tell about rhizo students’ visits to this blog. These images or diagrams tell the situation in yesterday evening. The overall situation is 376 visits, 112 visitors and 784 pageviews. Visits came from twenty countries.

rhizo1202I live in Finland and visit most often, it is clear. The next country is UK, not USA as in all other MOOCs, which I have participated. In UK, England is of course the part from which visits came. In USA, the visits came from the East Coast and not from California which has always been the first.

rhizoUSAThis map of USA is different from earlier maps from my MOOCs and the number of visits is lower than those from UK.

rhizomaatThe order of the countries is interesting. This is a British course in my mind. Also in Egypt, active on the map, can be seen evidence of British education (Maha Bali has told openly about her background). Visits from UK are now 97 and will be over 100 tomorrow.

This is more European as my former courses. Netherlands is the first in the continent (thanks to Jaap) but all the old European countries are on the map. That is not usual. France is 10 today ( and 15 on the next day).

Australia and Canada have same numbers here, but I have a feeling that Australia will “win”, the blog has many new connection there. From Canada the British Columbia comes first. So I conclude that rhizo can be considered as an European and British course. We share English language and (Anglo-)  western culture in a global world.

EDIT 14.2. I was wrong about Australia vs. Canada, the latter has 22 visits today 🙂

The content which I have dealt with is community as curriculum.  Since yesterday my posts were visited in this order:

rhizopages‘The community as the curriculum’ is the post in which I gave my interpretation about the weird behavior of the facilitator. A dangerous topic is interesting. The post ‘Sense of virtual community’ is popular too. It was written in the beginning of the course, when people are still active. The time explains that numbers go down, the posts are not yet read. The post ‘real vs imagined community’ from yesterday is not on the list, because it is so new. The topics on the bottom are the old posts to which I linked, some people have opened them. (On the next day ‘real or imagined’ is the third and I don’t know why).

What still? Only 29% of my visitors are new. I have an opportunity to meet my old moocing friends  and it is great. I have no idea about the whole situation in the course. Dave told something (link above) and Mariana has tweeted about a network analysis. It seems that communication has been very Dave- centred. In my Google Analytics Prince Edward Island (where Dave lives) was on the map with some visits but it is not essential from my point of few. The Huma Bird project concludes that “What is most impressive (and unlike anything I’ve seen before) is that each hour features at least one #rhizo14 tweet since the course starts – which shows how international the course is – it doesn’t seem to sleep.”

Any comments? Mistakes in my interpretations?

EDIT 14.2. I came to add the tag rhizo14 (thanks to Matthias for reminding me about it) and I commented on some numbers above. They are changing every day.

Five days after ending fslt13

When a MOOC comes to an end, the activity may go up. That happened to me on these five days 13.-18.6. I have tried to comprehend the expert participant role better and analyze the life around this blog. I have a need to write still once, write a last summary as far. This diagram from Google Analytics gives the pageviews during 6 weeks.

fslt13loppuThe black arrow is at the end of the course.

I had a hunch that some posts about the laws for open participation may interest my followers and now I can see it in the results. That post has got 78 referral readers and its comment page still 15 more. The time used to reading is highest here: 8 minutes is a long time :). The next post is my try to describe my expertise and the pondering about expert participants roles ( 6-7 minutes). The statistics around this blog did not interest the visitors, so why do I continue? When I am too tired to think, I begin to work like a secretary: collect some information which is easy to find.

You can see the top at the beginning, it is 9.5. (Be yourself, 150 pageviews). As an online teacher I used to use metaphorical expressions. Why I did not continue this in fslt13, I don’t know. We did not use images, only writing in the discussion forums.

The visitors to my blog on these 5 days came from the same countries as earlier, but new visitors came from USA, Australia and India (80% new), old visitors from UK and Canada (54% new). The visitors came more from referral traffic than earlier. It is easy to understand.

Farewell fslt13 – now I’ll stop writing. The Midsummer is near and Finnish people close their computers. We belong to the nature..

badgeThis beautiful badge came to my email box next day, sent by Marion Waite, 20.6. 2013. I wish I had been a better supporter . I like the badge, it is simple enough.

 

My blog during fslt13

This is the next day after the last session of fslt13. I have gathered information from Google Analytics in order to understand what happened in this blog, which lives its life on a border of fslt community. I wrote seven posts and received 25 comments from nine persons – five of them were new visitors. I am happy about the comments.

fslt13.My computer speaks Finnish to me, it is so polite, but you can easily guess what it says. Those were the days in May and June 2013. Total 616 visits, 325 different persons and 1392 views (2,3 pages/visit and 3:32 minutes).

The first peak is on the post  “Be yourself”, at the beginning of the course, when people were active. I received seven comments to that post. Then I was not using my computer at all 21.-27.5. – it was my grandmother week with two little boys. Another peak is at the end when I wrote many posts. “Are there any laws for open participation” got ten comments.

Here is the map which shows how visitors to this blog came from 63 different countries. Finland 245 are  mainly my own visits.

fslt13mapFrom UK and USA came the next visitors, then Canada and Australia and India.  Not big numbers of total 616 visits, visitors distributed all around the world. Many of my permanent visitors come from Asian countries and they come to read my post about Learning theories in teacher education or follow my blog with the category teacher education.

Because USA is a big country with many states inside it, I took a map about it, if someone is curious. 26 states are blue.

fslt13usaCalifornia has been the first all my blogging time and New York the second. I have learned a lot of geography by using Google Analytics and Google maps.

Most visitors came directly to the last blog post(499). The posts with hashtag fslt13 were visited in these numbers:

  1. Are there any laws about open participation 74 – ten comments
  2. Be yourself  64 (most people came direct to the blog) – seven comments
  3. Open education or opening minds 24 – no comments
  4. Looking forwards to fslt13 20 – two comments
  5. trying to define my expertise 20 – four comments.

Some information about the sources which reference comers used:

fslt13sour254% came via references, 26% came by search and 20% came directly

The most usual sources were Twitter, where I told about blogging,and my new home on the internet. Then the course sites (blog list) and the Moodle. Facebook was not my usual place to tell about this course, neither my Finnish blog. Google is one of the best sources to find whatever.

Now I have been very transparent and shared this information to all participants. What could we learn from this?

I had a blogroll with other blogs and only Ilene, Steffi, Niki and Zoe have continues to the end of the course. I will take away others with 1-2 posts (7  people).

The course is ended but learning in our minds continues. My next post will handle with the different expert roles on open studies but I have to sleep first 🙂