Experimenting with cMOOC design and facilitation: The continuing story started by #ETMOOC

I had the good fortune earlier this week to be invited to participate in a Google Hangout to explore the story of ETMOOC, a connectivist MOOC initiated in 2013 by Alec Couros, a professor of educational technology at the University of Regina in Saskatchewan, Canada.…

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The Case of Etmooc

Topic 5 of Connected Courses started this week, we will be exploring co-learning for the next two weeks. Topic 5 is being hosted by Howard Rheingold, Alec Couros and Mia Zamora. The first synchronous event was a hangout with Howard, Alec and Mia and some of the many #etmooc alumni who still connect and collaborate on a regular basis.…

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Co-learning, #ccourses, and Keeping the Lights On: #etmooc and the Connected Courses MOOC

We may have a new corollary to one of the most famous lines from the movie It’s a Wonderful Life (“Teacher says, ‘Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings.’”): Every time #etmooc is mentioned, a learner gets new learning wings.…

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Creating Effective Connected Communities

Taking some time tonight to reconnect with some of my #ETMOOC pals to reflect on what makes an effective connected community for #ccourses

It’s Always About the People- Rhonda Jessen
Learning When No One Is at the Center of the Room: Connected Courses MOOC (#ccourses)- Paul Signorelli

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Learning When No One Is at the Center of the Room: Connected Courses MOOC (#ccourses)

Frequent flyers, at one time or another, have the disorienting experience of having to consciously look for reminders of where we are; our minds simply can’t keep up with the frequent leaps between cities, states, and, occasionally, countries. Frequent learners engaged in co-learning (what Edward Brantmeier describes as the act of changing roles so teachers and learners become “joint sojourners on the quest for knowledge, understanding, and…wisdom”) within the world of connected learning may be facing a parallel challenge in at least a couple of ways; when interacting with connected-learning colleagues, we need to remind ourselves which of our wonderfully overlapping communities of learning we are currently engaging (Is this #etmooc—the Educational Technology & Media massive open online course?…

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cMooc Stories

Wednesday was the start of The Open and Connected Learning Mooc and our entry event was a joint event with the PostEtmooc Community. I hosted a hangout with the PostEtmooc community where they shared their experiences and advice for participating in a cMooc.…

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#ce14 #clmooc #etmooc Student Agency

How do we help students develop the insight and initiative to be life-long, productive learners contributing to a better world? How do we develop student agency? We know that motivation comes from a desire to learn, a purpose, an authentic interest, and a belief that success is possible.… Continue reading

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The Happiness of Being Creative… Energizing Thoughts for the Start of My School Year

Is there anything better than starting a new school year? The crisp smell of fall in the air (or a blanket of snow the first week of school if you live in Calgary), the anticipation of meeting your new students, the hope and dreams of the year to come.…

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Makerspace All The Things

Every conference I’ve attended in the last year and a half has offered a session on Makerspaces. For the uninitiated, Makerspaces are places were community members can plan and create projects. Many of these spaces have an engineering design focus where participants can use tools to build creations.…

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Summertime Reflection

Sarah summersalt  Sarah beach

One of the many blessings of the career I have chosen is that I get to kick back and relax and reflect over the summer. As I do that in Nova Scotia a place where I was born and love, I watch the children around me and think about how summer should be , but often is not for all too many children.  Summer should be a time to truly be a child, to feel the exhiliration of doing cartwheels on the beach or rolling down your front lawn like I watched a group of young boys do, yes it should be a time to be free.…

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