Today we considered the importance of context for design. As Brendan Tangney says "the answer to any question in educational technology is ‘it depends’" (don’t look for him on the twitter feed, he’s not on the MOOC). Tomorrow you’ll start experimenting with various techniques for capturing, articulating, analysing and exploiting context in your learning design. You will use Personas and Force maps, or the Ecology of Resources (or any alternative approach that you would like to argue for).
Sheila MacNeill (@sheilmcn) asked if we used personas when designing #oldsmooc. Yes, we did. And Ecology of Resources, and many of the other tools and representations we include in this MOOC. We do eat our dogfood. We can even show you: videos for the OLDS MOOC design workshop and example of using EoR thinking about MOOCs
Someone asked whether week 2 is about stories or context. To clarify, the idea is to use stories to explore context. You don’t need to finish your scenarios and then move on and you needn’t worry about falling behind. In fact the idea is to see how you can enhance your stories by thinking about context in different ways. So keep on working on them throughout and start looking at approaches to context. There is already starting to be discussion around Rose Luckin's Ecology of Resources framework in the forum and on twitter. Elsewhere conversation turned to metaphor, with talk of groups around the campfire, more camping and others asking whether different social encounters (e.g. Facebook) would be more appropriate metaphors for 21st century learners.
People are still joining the MOOC and some are still lost and joining the lost team (or is it a study circle?). Others have now found “several like minded participants to work on a project with” and are ready to move forward. Many teams do seem to be working on their projects and some have posted initial scenarios. Tiffany tells us about David who "feels stymied in his career. He's been in the same position for five years....". The Sustainability cloud begins to explore how a MOOC with global participation and offering exciting network opportunities might attract participants... Jeff Waistell who tells us about his learning in the clouds: "...Clouds relate to each other in different ways - sometimes disconnected in fluffy cumulii across the blue sky, sometimes...”. This reminds us there is a lot we can learn from looking carefully at our own learning. There are now around 20 scenarios being developed, they’re asking for your feedback. If you are still developing your scenarios that’s fine too, add them when you’re ready.
Learning is definitely happening in and around the OLDS MOOC. Perhaps "despite the technological context of implementation of the course's own learning design" (see the conversation on twitter for more). @ARTiFactor tweeted "best way to learn digital literacy is to design a digital literacy learning experience". We couldn’t agree more: as we said, OLDS MOOC is a design experiment in itself, and we’re learning along with you. Engaging with the MOOC is also prompting visions for future spaces that might “give learners a sense of Dave Cormier's rhizomatic learning; and potentially a great level of control and confidence in exploring the chaotic space which any MOOC creates?” Some participants voice similar interests “what I’m interested in is how to design contexts and environments to nurture, accelerate, unlock or direct this emergence” and are hoping that considering context in design will help.
If you spot things you feel should be included in future summaries do point us to them using the highlights thread.
As with week 1 we will be holding an open Google hangout session to discuss and reflect on week 2 at 12.00 GMT Tuesday 22nd Jan. If you have a question that you would like to raise, please post it on the Week 2 'convergence' discussion thread or tweet it using #oldsmooc_conv.
Have interesting weekends!