Addendum for continuing and new participants …

While the original launch date of this cMOOC, CMC11, was Fall 2011, the materials and recordings are always relevant.

Feel free to go to the archives and review previous NewPosts issues, as well as additional recordings that will be posted on the recordings page.  There will be, from time to time,  more live sessions held in Blackboard Collaborate.  These will be announced i the NewPosts, and will also be recorded and added to the recording section (left hand block of information).

I will also post new links and information through the NewPosts, so check each day to see if there is something you would find interesting.

Welcome to those who have not been here before and thank you to those who are still finding the learning journey here an enjoyable experience.  We have active participants, occasional participants, lurkers, credit seekers and those who are here for the fun of the learning journey.

For the credit seekers, there is a Learning Contract for you to be able to follow to gain as much as you wish and be within the parameters of the required participation.  For all others … feel free to use it as your own guide … or not.


Creativity and Multicultural Communication Learning Contract

Liberal, Adv or Intro, can partially fulfill educational planning
Instructor: Carol Yeager e-mail:
2-4 credits, introductory or advanced level
Increasingly, the challenges we face are complex and open-ended and knowledge alone is not enough to reach innovative and effective approaches to these challenges. In addition, our networked world can provide us with a rich global environment for creative problem solving.
In this course, students and mentors will interact through web-based and mobile-based modes, completing practical implementation assignments and web 2.0 activities designed around creative problem solving challenges in a multicultural environment. Connectivist theory will be used as a guide for navigating our networked world. Approaches to creativity will be applied to student-generated challenges. Students and mentors will strive to improve their creativity and communication skills throughout the term.
Students can enroll for this course for 2,3 or 4 credits. Expectations for differing amounts of credits will be identified throughout the contract.
This course is built around a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course). In a MOOC, participants register, but participation ranges from zero to hourly engagement. The CMC11 MOOC is contained within 15 week segments. While there are 5 defined semesters within the ESCschedule, non ESC particiants may enroll at any time and create their own schedule. Each week, Elluminate sessions have been held and recorded for all to view. There will be supplemental sessions, on occasion, the will be live for participant participation. For each week, readings have been included within the session template. Participants are exeted to research topics on their own and bring the discoveries back into the CMC11 learning journey.
Students will begin with reading and viewing introductory material about MOOCs. MOOCs are lively environments and one can easily become overwhelmed. In order to encourage some deliberateness, students will be required to enter their reflections in a blog. Through their entries, they will document their improved skills in creativity and multicultural communication. They will reflect on session readings. In addition, students will need to join Diigo, for sharing and annotating of online resources. The Diigo group is CDL_CMC11.There is also a FaceBook group under CMC11 for those who wish to connect in addition to Discssions, blogs, Diigo and any other arenas developed by participants.  There may be Google + Hangouts for synchronous participation.  If participants find other social networking tools, they are invited to introduce them in the MOOC space.

After the introductory session, there is a session on connectivism and one on Personal Learning Environments/Knowledge Networks. These sessions have been facilitated by Stephen Downes and George Siemens, respectively, who have co-facilitated MOOCs on these topics. From these, students will acquire the framework for their explorations of creativity. From this framework, students will then investigate the topic of transliteracy and metaliteracy, new ways to navigate our digital world, with Dean Tom Mackey and Trudi Jacobson.
The next three weeks will be devoted to aspects of Creative Problem Solving (CPS), with readings and presentations about core practices. Students will be given specific exercises to complete and report on in their blogs.
The next six weeks will be devoted to some specific examples of creativity in a multicultural environment, including examples in Second Life, language learning, digital storytelling and grant development.
As the MOOC experience continues, with reflections and assignments completed in the blog and sharing of resources as well as class-related discussions , students will discuss with the tutor a topic for their final project. The project should be a creative approach to multicultural communication. The project is required for 3-4 credit students and is optional for students completing the course for 2 credits.
Students will present their projects through Blackboard Collaborate sessions during the final two weeks of the MOOC.

A final reflection blog post is required of all students.
Evaluation will be based on participation in the MOOC, reflections in the blog, references shared and annotated in Diigo and discussions in Diigo. By the end of the term, the student is expected to:
1. Be able to describe connectivism to a newcomer to the concept in a way that the listener is then able to explain it to another person

2. Have identified for himself or herself a Personal Learning Environment/Knowledge Network that s/he will continue to use for lifelong learning

3. Have found and shared (on Diigo) at least 10 electronic resources on the topic of creativity and multiculturalism

4. Have reflected in at least two blog posts about what it means to communicate in a global environment

5. Demonstrate improved creativity through applying techniques covered in sessions on Creative Problem Solving

6. (for 3-4 credits) Have demonstrated through a creative final project a connecting, integrating and transforming of what has been learned throughout the term.
A narrative evaluation will be written by the student to identify how the student has achieved these learning outcomes through the activities identified in this learning contract.
For students completing this course at the advanced level (and that is the majority of the enrollments), incoming writing skills should be sufficient to complete all tasks at an advanced level. If an initial assessment of incoming writing skills indicates that subsequent assignments may not be at the advanced level, the student will be advised to change the registration to the introductory level, so that sufficient time can also be devoted to improving writing skills.