Humans vs. tech: Reflections on #et4online

Let me start with the ending. I left the Online Learning Consortium’s 8th Annual Emerging Technologies Symposium inspired. But I was also struck by a game at play that has been going on forever. It was tiring – exhausting really – to see this game played out again.…
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Part II: Popping the lid off of #msloc430

The Winter quarter session of the course I teach – MSLOC 430, which explores enterprise social networks (ESNs) and their impact on work and learning – ended a month ago. It was my first attempt to pop the lid off of the course by designing some ways in which both the enrolled, on-site graduate students […]
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Thoughts on dialogue and facilitation in open and ‘closed’ courses

We recently closed out week 2 of the open section of #msloc430 and week 5 of the “closed” course for students enrolled in the on-site version of the course (part of their studies in the Master’s Program in Learning and Organizational Change (MSLOC) at Northwestern University).…
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Convergence

As we close out the first of six weeks of the open section of #msloc430 we are headed into new territory (for me, at least): An attempt at convergence among the open learners and perhaps students in the on-site class section of the course.…
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The lid is popped off: Behind the scenes of the open section of #msloc430

The idea of designing an open section of #msloc430 began with a blog post a few months ago during working-out-loud week. The official launch of activities began on Sunday, Jan. 25 with the Week 1: Exploring technology, networks and community in the service of learning blog post at the site that serves as the organizing […]
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Another layer to bridging the work and learning communities

During the past couple of years I have become much more intentional in my attempt to bridge two communities: The people who think about learning and network technology, and people who think about work (within organizations) and network technology. There is another layer to this: It’s people in these two communities who care about people […]
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Gather your friends. Time to plan the festivities #msloc430 open

Originally posted on Exploring Innovations in Networked Work and Learning:
We’ve opened a new Google Community – MSLOC430 Enterprise Social Networking – to start gathering together as we approach the official start on Jan. 25 of our six-week open section of #msloc430.…
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Exploring innovations in networked work and learning: The open course section of #msloc430

My course – MSLOC 430 – begins for enrolled Northwestern University Master’s in Learning and Organizational Change graduate students on Jan. 8. The following is my near-final draft of how I plan to run an open section of class during six of the 10 weeks in which the MSLOC course runs.…
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Not quite a course, but more than a conversation

Coming soon: A good, draft design for opening up my Winter quarter course #msloc430 . And I’m going to ask for feedback (as in, would anyone participate?). I am at that point where I need to put structure to the whole event and see what people think.…
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Hitting a productive point for #msloc430 course design

Have slowed down a bit on writing things down as part of my design update to my course. But it’s because I think I’ve hit upon a productive reframing of one key element of the course – how to glue together many apparently lightly connected concepts about enterprise social network (ESN) uses.…
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