It's been a busy couple of days, lots of you have started sharing your work for this week (see e.g. http://cloudworks.ac.uk/cloud/view/7579 ) and conversations about our different approaches to design continue in the Google Open Discussion list. From your blogs and discussion points it sounds as if things are starting to come together for many of you Tiffany Crosby writes on the week 3 ‘Sharing and reflections’ Cloud:
“I found the tools incredibly helpful. I was able to work with the course profile and course map. I have plans to use the activity profile in the near future. I think these three together give a pretty good initial framework. I've been able to aggregate all the work down to date to my dream learning proposal cloud. It's really coming to life”.
And in a great blog post ‘Not waving but drowning’ - despite still feeling ‘immersed in a sea of information’ - Sue Watling is starting to think that ‘even if I stop waving and disappear totally under the surface of clouds, groups and a mass of other digital tools, it will have been worth while!” Which is encouraging...no? ;-)
In addition, the last couple of days have seen the emergence
of two new discussion themes that you might like to get stuck in to. The first is about the relationship between precision
and creativity in learning design. We think this discussion has particular significance
for you MOOCers at this time as you move from the creativity of the Ideate phase
to the more detailed work of the Connect and Prototyping phases of Week 4 and
A few comments in this discussion have really stood out for us so far:
“Precision in creative output is generally a step-wise refinement of an original idea - but is not always the case. Flow of consciousness, improvisation - these are by definition imprecise, unpredictable and unable to be refined without violating the concepts themselves” (Lesley Jacobs Cowley on Cloudworks)
“Precision in learning design gives people a definite framework, the box, if you would like to call it. Creativity in learning design goes beyond such framework, which to me could be more enriching and adaptive to both the educator and learner's needs”. (Sui Fai John Mak on Cloudworks)
“Creativity has to have an open playing field and then harnessed for filtered back into design precision. Lesson for the Day: Creativity will not emerge by thinking outside the box - - - it will emerge when you start where there is no box” (Don Olcott via Facebook)
The second discussion - which has just kicked off today - emerged from a Twitter question from @JeffWaistell and can be found here:
"So learning design can = mind control? How to avoid? How to balance learning agenda by involving key stakeholders and views?"
The question came out of a fascinating broader discussion about the politics of learning design.
The Week 3 convergence session will be held via Google hangout at 12 noon GMT on 30th January 2013. If you would like to join us in the fishbowl to discuss design representations, the MOOC experience or indeed creativity and politics in learning design, please let us know as soon as possible by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, so that we can invite you in advance of the event.
Other ways to join in are via the open discussion forum and via Twitter (using the hashtag #oldsmooc_conv) as you watch the live broadcast which will be visible at http://www.olds.ac.uk/the-course/week-3-ideate/convergence from 12 noon. Please note that there are no convergence sessions planned for weeks 4 and 5.
Gráinne and Rebecca