Today we started working in earnest.
Yes, the debates on the mailing list are still lively, and I'll get to that in a minute. But today you started your learning design journey with us. I say with us, because many of you are seasoned designers, and I'm sure we can all learn from each other.
It is exciting to see the initial ideas pile up on the dreambazaar cloudscape. Ideas ranging from hacking raspberry pi to critical thinking, from nursing to English as a soon language, from healthy eating to video production.
Many of you have not yet posted your ideas. Are you experiencing a writing block? Here are a few tips that may help you:
- "First, I do not sit down at my desk to put into verse something that is already clear in my mind. If it were clear in my mind, I should have no incentive or need to write about it." C. Day Lewis
- In the discussion on "What do you hope to get out of this MOOC?" (as in the preliminary survey) many of you indicated that you are here because you want to learn about the MOOC phenomena. Well, we can tell you from personal experience: one of the best ways to learn about MOOCs is to design one. That still leaves you with the question "ok, but a MOOC on...?", we trust you can figure that one out.
- Even if you are not involved in formal teaching, think a bit and you will realise that you are involved in designing learning: your children's, your friends', or your own learning. or have you ever thought: the world would be such a better place if only people _____? Yes, the focus of this MOOC is primarily on designing for higher education, but that doesn't mean this needs to be your focus.
In other news -
David Jennings says: "I hate it that the course is programmed day by day. it feels like stepping onto a moving treadmill, and inevitably I'm behind already -- on day 2."
Something to ponder. Does the proposed scheduling help? Would you keep up with the programme if it was unspecified?
Some tasks require social interaction, so ideally all (or at least a critical mass) of participants need to be at the same point at roughly the same time. Other tasks are "softer", and can be done at any time. If you don't like our sequencing - you can copy the items from the course calendar any try to rearrange them in any way that makes sense to you.
João Pedro Bourbon says: "Today (11th) we have to propose learning design projects. I’m going to start by searching what that means and try to come up with something."
Our question: what does it mean for you?
Jane Challinor says: "Already I notice my frustration - at the technical hitches experienced during the live launch on Monday; my confusion - "where am I meant to be now? Google sites, google groups? discussion forum? Cloudworks (whatever that is!)"; my sense of inadequacy (everyone else knows so much more than me! They know one another, I feel like the new girl on the block!..etc) and a growing panic that I won't have enough time to really do justice to this whilst simultaneously working full time."
I'm sure many of you identify with these words. In fact - we do too at times. And needless to say, so do our students ever so often. Ask yourself, what would you answer a student that would come to you with such sentiments?
Tomorrow you will start forming your project groups, we're looking forward to see what you'll come up with!
Simon, Peter and Yishay