How it works

Welcome to CMC11 Creativity and Multicultural Communication 2011. We are your facilitators, Betty Lawrence and Carol Yeager.

Login and Password

When you signed up for this course, you received a login and a password. This login should work anywhere in the course (please contact us if you have problems).

If you have forgotten your password, please go to this page to retrieve it:
http://cmc.thecreativeconnections.com/cgi-bin/login.cgi?refer=&action=Email

The course home page is: http://cmc.thecreativeconnections.com/cmc11blog/

The CMC11 logo on the bottom left of each week’s page is a link that will also take you back to the Home CMC11 page.

 

How this Course Works

CMC11 is an unusual course. It does not consist of a body of content you are supposed to remember. Rather, the learning in the course results from the activities you undertake, and will be different for each person.

In addition, this course is not conducted in a single place or environment. It is distributed across the web. We will provide some facilities and presentations on various topics. And we expect your activities to take place all over the internet. We will ask you to visit other people’s web pages,  blogs and even to create some of your own.

This type of course is called a ‘connectivist’ course and is based on four major types of activity:

1. Aggregate

We will give you access to a wide variety of things to read, watch or play with. There will be a LOT of content associated with this course, everything from relatively basic instruction to arguments and discussions to high-level presentations and interviews with experts in the field.

Every day you will receive an edition of “NewPosts” (Daily Newsletter), which will highlight some of this content. Normally it will arrive first thing in the morning (if you are in North or South America), but not always. NewPosts is created fresh each day – it is not prepared content. So delivery may vary.

You are NOT expected to read and watch everything. Even we, the facilitators, cannot do that. Instead, what you should do is PICK AND CHOOSE content that looks interesting to you and is appropriate for you. If it looks too complicated, don’t read it. If it looks boring, move on to the next item.

2. Remix

Once you’ve read or watched or listened to some content, your next step is to keep track of that somewhere. How you do this will be up to you.

You can keep a document on your own computer listing all the things you’ve accessed. Or, better yet, you can keep a record online somewhere. That way you will be able to share your content with other people.

Here are some suggestions:

– create a blog with Blogger – http://www.blogger.com and create a new blog. Or, if you already have a blog, you can use your existing blog. You can also use WordPress – http://www.wordpress.com or any other blogging service.

– create an account with del.icio.us or Diigo and create a new entry for each piece of content you access. You can access del.icio.us at http://del.icio.us or Diigo at  http://www.diigo.com

– take part in an online discussion, like the one in Google groups.

– tweet about the item in Twitter. If you have a Twitter account, post something about the content you’ve accessed.

– anything else: you can use any other service on the internet – Flickr, Second Life, Yahoo Groups, Facebook, YouTube, Google +, Voxopop, Podomatic … anything! use your existing accounts if you want or create a new one especially for this course. The choice is completely yours.

3. Repurpose

We don’t want you simply to repeat what other people have said. We want you to create something of your own. This is probably the hardest part of the process.

Remember that you are not starting from scratch. Nobody ever creates something from nothing. That’s why we call this section ‘repurpose’ .  We want to emphasize that you are working with materials, that you are not starting from scratch.

What materials? Why, the materials you have aggregated and remixed online. These materials are the bricks and mortar you can use to compose your own thoughts and understanding of the material.

What thoughts? What understanding? Well – that is the subject of this course. This whole course will be about how to read or watch, understand, and work with the content other people create, and how to create your own new understanding and knowledge out of them.

4. Feed Forward

We want you to share your work with other people in the course, and with the world at large.

Now to be clear: you don’t have to share. You can work completely in private, not showing anything to anybody. Sharing is and will always be YOUR CHOICE.

And we know, sharing in public is harder. People can see your mistakes. People can see you try things you’re not comfortable with. It’s hard, and it’s sometimes embarrassing.

But it’s better. You’ll try harder. You’ll think more about what you’re doing. And you’ll get a greater reward – people will see what you’ve created and connect on it. Sometimes critically, but often (much more often) with support, help and praise.

People really appreciate it when you share. After all, what you’re doing when you share is to create material that other people can learn from. Your sharing creates more content for this course. people appreciate that, you will probably appreciate the content other people in the course share with you.

So, how do you share?

First, use the CMC11 tag in anything you create. Our course tag is: #CMC11

It is especially important to use this tag in del.icio.us, Diigo and in Twitter. That is how we will recognize content related to this course. We will aggregate this content and display it in our newsletter. Yes – your content will be displayed in the NewPosts. That’s how other people will find it.

Second, if you are using a blog, Flickr, or a discussion group, share the RSS feed. We will offer a separate post on how to find your RSS feed if you don’t know how. But if you know how, please tell us your feed address.

You can use the form here: Add your RSS feeds by adding a feed here  

Then, when you post something to your blog or forum, use the #CMC11 tag.

Third, have fun with creativity, communication and connectivist choices ~ enjoy the continuation of your lifelong learning.

Based on “How It Works” CCK11/Stephen Downes