PLENK 2010 Journal

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Antonella Esposito
12 September 2010

I would like to use this cloud to write a weekly journal about my learning journey in the 10-weeks course PLENK2010 - Personal Learning Environments, Networks and Knowledge (13th September - 19 November 2010), a new massive open online course (MOOC) facilitated by George Siemens, Stephen Downes, Rita Kop and Dave Cormier.

As usual for this kind of courses, each participant has free registration access, can choose any level of participation and can adopt any type of social media to engage in discussions and produce own contributions. In particular, this edition will also be a research setting, within an inquiry on personal learning environments conducted by the National Research Council of Canada.

Instructions to join PLENK2010 here: How this course works

Twitter hashtag: #PLENK2010

Delicious tag: PLENK2010

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The sections links and academic references in this cloud will host a personal selection of blog posts or other kind of contributions will being produced in PLENK 2010. In parallel, I will keep on feeding the pre-existing cloud Personal Learning Environments & Personal Learning Networks with resources related to the course's topics.

Antonella Esposito
15:58 on 12 September 2010

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How to be successful in a MOOC (Dave Cormier)

How to be successful in a MOOC (Dave Cormier)

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The design and development of a personal learning environment: researching the learner experience (Rita Kop)

The design and development of a personal learning environment: researching the learner experience (Rita Kop)

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Antonella Esposito
9:46pm 12 September 2010 (Edited 7:54am 13 September 2010)


Before starting my first MOOC

I love to be an online learner and from a couple of years it is almost... an addiction: Elearning design and teaching course by the UOC, Innovations in elearning and Practice-based research in educational technology by the OU, Mres in Educational and social research by the Institute of Education. All these courses have being changed my views and increase my expertise in elearning design and research. They took place in the respective "walled gardens" even if under different aspects each programs prompted me to go beyond the walled garden, as it always happens when the course requires you practice critical thinking and explore original ways to apply what you learnt. However, it was my “year of living dangerously” with Cloudworks and Twitter that made a difference with respect to my approach to ed tech and my knowledge of elearning field.  Both tools provides me with permanence in the field of interest and unexpected ways to contribute, whatever the initial level of expertise. Cloudworks provides me with a meeting place and a crossroads of perspectives: it comes to mind exchanging opinions (and chatting) along the cloisters when studying at the university. Twitter provides me with a rhizomatic flow which multiplies contacts  and resources.  I have joined PLENK 2010 first of all because I would like to take time to reflect on this early attempt to use social media.  Furtherly I believe that a MOOC is always a good opportunity to gain a first hand experience to harness the educational potentialities of social media. I think (just for surfing some previous MOOCs) that the bewildering and overwhelming impact of a MOOC looks like an initial full immersion in social media flow: you loose control, you have no compass to orientate your behaviour and participation. Merely you have to play the game and by trials and errors find your own way. Otherwise you easily give up (does it make sense the term "drop out" in a MOOC?).

Moreover, I am intrigued by the design challenges implied in a MOOC and by the possibile impact on the institutional context: to what extent an open online course can be modeled? If it preferably addresses self-directed learners, are there problems of inclusiveness? Can a MOOC work without “star teachers”? Can it be successfully applied to subjects  different from educational technology? Could this kind of courses have an impact on innovating higher education’s model?

PLENK’s discussion forums are being populated, MOOC’s veterans have started to advice newcomers,  introduction posts give you a flavour of a world tour…it is almost midnight,  PLENK 2010 officially starting. Let it roll!

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