Saturday, 26 January 2013

#edcmooc Trying out a live Tweet chat

This evening we tried a live Twitter chat.

We ran it from 9:30 -10:30pm (GMT) with 4 moderators. We asked 4 questions over the course of the hour:
1.) Say hello & introduce yourself,
2.) Something interesting about you or where you live,
3.) What are you most looking forward to on the course?,
4.) What have you heard someone say about eLearning or Digital cultures that you have found interesting?

As with any new experience I was a bit uncertain beforehand, and not really sure what would happen. I could see people were signing up to attend on our Facebook group, but would they really show up? On a Saturday night? Well they did. It was incredibly fast paced, with tweets coming in every second. Impossible to read them all, and take it all in, but great to see so many people join in, and so many conversations pinging away here and there. There were approx 128 people who actively joined in, with around 1,150 tweets in the hour. Thanks @eRomanMe for the stats.

I hope everyone who took part enjoyed it & found a new connection or two. What a great ice breaker before the course begins. I've now tried Google hangout & Twitter chat this week and both those two live events have really inspired me. You don't have time to reflect too much, you have to say what's on your mind in the moment, conversations can spiral off & develop, and that can be very refreshing and stimulating. I'll let it all sink in a bit more, but here are some quick ideas that came to me for next time:
  1. 4 other people can take on the moderator role. If you've never done it before it can be a good experience
  2. Try it at a different time - I think much of Asia & Indian subncontient would have missed out as it was the middle of the night for them
  3. Have a special Twitter chat for people who are completely new to Twitter, or who are getting that overwhelmed feeling early on.
  4. Make a WallWisher page and invite people to post up topics we can discuss in the next Twitter chat
  5. Someone else also suggested pausing a bit more between questions to let people catch up with what was being tweeted. 

So, a fruitful hour with plenty of ideas to take forward. And finally, here are some favourite tweets from tonight.A fairly arbitrary list, but a quick snapshot of the chat tonight. Here's my top 10.

Make that My Top 12 - couldn't leave these two out...

Thanks to everyone who took part tonight and made it a success.

(PS - it was Willa  who knows how to milk goats.....just so you know)

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

#edcmooc What does a MOOC look like to you?

"Next stop is #edcMooc".
Photo credit:Eleni Zazani
I have made a group on Flickr, and invite you to add an image of what a MOOC means to you.

That's a fairly loose & broad concept I know, so you could be as literal or obtuse as you want to be.

The aim of this would be to think a little bit differently about what's on your mind. How could you express it without using words?

I had a quick brainstorm, and here are some things your image might be about:

  • Strip it down to the basics: how would you sum up a MOOC in one image?
  • What image would sum up where your head is at right now?
  • What image would represent where you want to get to in this course?
  • What do you see a future digital human as looking like?
  • What does "eLearning" look like?
  • If this MOOC had a symbol, what would it be?
  • What's a "Digital Community" look like?
  • How, in one image, would you express what you've learnt so far?
  • Go to a website that lists "20 great image tools". Pick 5, try each one out, then choose your favourite image from the one's you made. Why was it your favourite? How did you decide?

What is your "digital footprint"?
And here are some ways you could come up with an image:
There have already been a few images in our little online group that have struck a chord with members (the bunny with its unravelling mind remember). What have they been able to express so well that words couldn't? And what other images are going to crop up as we go? I think using images and Flickr will be part of the course anyway, but it doesn't hurt to have a little play around before we begin. I'll be using this group as I go to record all these images that crop up. It'll be an intriguing gallery to walk back through in 6 weeks time.

Here is a link to the Flickr group. Anyone can add an image to the group pool, or join the group. You'd be very welcome to join in if you wished.

More: BBC Technology story: "Visions of the Future" art competition