@shareski inspired me at a SD#68 professional development day workshop to write 6 word stories. I thought it would be fun to write a 6 word story about openness in education and open the challenge to others. Here's my first try:
@mariekeholtkamp wrote this one:
@quistb wrote this 6 word story on openness in education
This was a collaboration by @MrBenRogers and myself (@laura3mann) Well, maybe more of a remix than a collaboration. Ben didn't know I conntected his 6 word story to my photo.
This one is by @JEJacek
Jean's #oltd505 week 4 post can be found here:
My response: Hi Jean,
SD: "Changes are happening with the use of MOOCs and I like [the] philosophy however that audience (highly motivated undergraduate level student) has different characteristics than the elementary/high school population.. low DL success rates reflect this [[side note, I wonder what percentage of people finish a MOOC?]]."
This article - shared by Jane J at the beginning of the week - has some stats on one MOOC offered in the UK called eLearning and Digital Cultures. I was one of the people who signed up but didn't finish the course...I had a lofty (unrealistic) idea to take OLTD503 and this MOOC while working full time. Suffice to say I didn't complete the MOOC. However, I did follow some of the discussion on Twitter and read a few articles and gave some thought to the assignments. I was able to connect some of the discussion to what we were learning in OLTD and while I didn't receive any recognition for my (small) efforts, I learned from the experience and was inspired by my "insider" observations. Despite not completing the course and not being fully engaged with what was going on, I was struck by the sense of connection students expressed through the Twitter discussion, and even felt a loose connection to this global community when I added my location to the group-generated map of student locations.
Article: How was it? The UK's first MOOC assessed
JF's Post: "In his wonderful article, OERs: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (thanks Sonny), Tony Bates writes "Is it good to share content? Yes, of course, but don’t confuse it with learning." BINGO!!!!!!! I have always had a niggling problem with sharing as learning. Sharing content can be an important preliminary step in the learning process but it does not constitute or equate to learning. Learning is construction, questioning, reflective and expository writing and experimentation. Learning is as skill and a product much like the wave-particle duality."
My response: I would like to put forth the argument that dynamic (not static) sharing CAN constitute learning. I think it would depend on how the sharing occurs, and how one defines sharing. Dynamic sharing, where one (the sharer and/or the *sharee*) is engaged in questioning, debating, experimenting with, writing about, remixing, re-creating, reusing, revising, re-distributing...and so on - can constitute learning in the sense that s/he is actively engaged with the content.
Peer to Peer University values openness, peer learning and community. An open education project where you can take or create a free and open course. A quick browse already piqued my interest...there are lots of wonderful-sounding courses offered - my question is how does one assure the quality of the course? Or does learning through a MOOC suppose a more independent learning model where the student is responsible for the quality of his/her learning?