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.
http://www.flickr.com/groups/2124233@N20/pool/with/7427579360/#photo_7427579360

More: BBC Technology story: "Visions of the Future" art competition
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-21163117

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    1. Hum... now this makes me wonder what you removed! Inquiring minds, just saying! LOL

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    1. Hi Ary, the Tube sign maker is here. http://www.redkid.net/generator/underground/
      Not sure why you can't join the blog. How are you trying? Maybe it's a fault with my settings or something.

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  3. Hi Chris, you are a wee bit inspirational and now I am obsessed to make an image. This is a bit of a struggle but I am going to keep at it. I'd best get it done before the 28th or that will be the end of it! Thanks for being such an engaged contributor. Angela

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  4. I did it! I managed to create a concept in my head, translate to an image, make a little video and the final bit is my image I will put in your flikr or whatever you would like me to do with it. Thank you to you and Elena for the inspiration. This is a challenge for a left brain person like myself, so it's pretty basic, but I have something to build on now.

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  5. Oops, just read your brief, I used words, no matter, will get more visual in my next attempt!

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    1. Great! You did it! As you say, that's something to build on now - you've got to start somewhere right? Thanks for giving the challenge a go :) Don't worry if there's text in it - my "brief" is very flexible!

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  6. HI Chris,
    I agree with Angela, you are an inspiration!! I have been thinking and creating in my head my version of what a mooc looks like, now I need to translate that into something visual. I'm giving myself 10 days to accomplish this task. :)

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    1. Thanks Willa! Glad you are game for the challenge! Look forward to seeing what you come up with. I like the time limit idea too. A good way to discipline yourself. I do it too. Otherwise, I never get anything done! And if after 10 days you've got no ideas, just do anything. No prizes for amazing works of genius here. All prizes instead to imperfect ideas that we did just to see what would happen....

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    2. Hi Willa, I gave myself to the 28th and got it done in about 2 days! Weight off my mind, but it wasn't to hard once I got going. I think confidence (and lack of skills) was my main stumbling block. So I have achieved imperfection, you might surprise yourself timewise too and as Chris says, worth it just to see what happens. Good luck!

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  7. I can't help admiring your ability to originate new ideas, Chris! I especially like this one because it makes me challenge my imagination.

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  8. Ha. Chris--thanks for this. I totally forgot I was on Flickr! I'll have to think about what a MOOC looks like to me. This is a great challenge! Thanks! I'm rethinking a visual rhetoric assignment for my students based on what's happening with the group and images and all. Just sheer brilliance from this group. Love it.

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  9. Okay, I am going to be the one person who is a dissenter...I am going to wait until nearly the end to create something. What we think of as a MOOC today will most certainly evolve into something else by March. The idea of how a MOOC evolves might be interesting. My idea, everybody..no stealing...I'll see if I can wrap my head around it!
    Laurie

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    1. Hi Laurie, thanks for your comment. I think I'm going to try both. Try something now, in the middle, and at the end. I think you're totally right though, what we think of a MOOC will evolve and change as we go. My expectations from before Christmas have already changed, and we haven't even begun yet!
      Chris

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  10. How creative Chris! I love doing these things. You're a real tech rocker! Congratulations.

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    1. Thanks Cristina! I can assure you I am very much an amateur - but I like trying new things and just seeing what happens with them. Best of all when other people join in with their ideas - then it can really go far.
      Chris

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