Creativity & Multicultural Communication


By cyeager

Blog to accompany MOOC ... CMC11
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Blog Post: MOOCdom and MindMeister
I had alluded to another early connectivist endeavor in my previous blog posting ... this one involves you, the reader and participant in CMC11. Glen Gatin, of Week 8 of the MOOC fame, has a mind map posted for your participatory pleasure. It is interactive and he asks that you play around with it and add your thoughts to the branches he has started. You have the opportunity to shape the discussion for that week, so let the mind mapping begin! MindMeister (mind mapping and brainstorming tool).

While we do not officially start until Monday, 12 September, a number of folks have already been active with blog posts, questions and group discussions. We are still working on the technical bits and pieces for the harvesting of all the great connections and new thinking that will occur and we are right on the edge, ready and set ... to GO ...

In the Orientation Week 1 (15 September), we will talk a bit about the navigation of the learning journey (it is hard for me to think of this as a course in the traditional sense as it is so much more than content driven learning), and it would be great for you to start poking around now to let us know what bugs might still be hanging about. Please see the Blog post area and add your RSS feed .. and a few words to get it started ... and check out the Channels section. These are all in the left column, and some are found once you enter the "add a new feed" territory (still on the left side). We have used 2 platforms, and with all such migrations between platforms, there are a few small quirks ... the look is very similar; the operations are a tad different.

You should be receiving this notice in the NewPosts via the e mail address you supplied with your registration. There will be a few previous blog posts from several different folks and some comments here and there. The channels will not be harvested by the gRSShopper ... and Sam will explain all of this in the live session Thursday, 15 September. Please check the world time chart located at the bottom of Orientation, for your local broadcast time ... it would be great oif you can join us, chat and start us off with great numbers. We understand if the time is not convenient, so the session will be recorded and you can access the recording a few hours later ... see the recorded sessions link.

Enough verbiage, for now ... Let the Fun Begin ...

Second Life 2010 ... me with Glen Gatin and Sam in the Sandbox

By cyeager, Feed:CMC11, Sat, 10 Sep 2011 20:30:00 +0000 [Comment]
Blog Post: More MOOCdom
My heart felt thanks to Stephen Downes for his initial installation of his Open Source gRSShopper for use in harvesting, aggregating and feeding forward the many blogs, posts, tweets and comments we shall have in the MOOC, CMC11. Additionally, he spent more than 90 minutes offering detailed instructions for implementing and adjusting many of gRSShopper's myriad features. He recorded the 97 minute session with me with Camtasia and anyone who wishes, can tune in for a personal guide here. And, here is the location for version 3.0, the most recent and complete open source code for gRSShopper.

CMC11 is in very decent shape now with many thanks to RetSam Zhang. He has spent many hours with me on Skype gently guiding me in the arcane world of html and programming with Stephen Downes' gRSShopper. In so doing, he decided to embark upon the task of adding a WYSIWYG editor to the html editor. This will make my programming learning journey so much easier and will leave Sam more time to develop his own website and teaching modules for ESL. I know he spent a great deal of time on this project because I could see his "online" green logo shining nearly round the clock! The results are stellar and I do hope he catches up on his sleep now. Sam is the web tech and support for the run of CMC11. In the process, we have worked through Skype, Dabbleboard, Desktop, Elluminate and E-mail and they are nearly all freely available to anyone with an e mail address. Oh, and I neglected to mention that Sam is located in China, so we are exactly 12 hours different in time zones!
These are only two examples of the connectivist nature of learning as CMC11 has taken shape and filled out over the past months. These are all people I have met online, developed and maintained connectivist Personal Learning Networks during previous MOOC offerings. And now, for another example ... and I just love the way the theory becomes application and practice even before the start of this MOOC! One of the participants has decided to use CMC11 with his Adult Literacy students as an introduction to connectivism. And, in the face 2 face groups with other adult educators in his region he has recommended that they also take advantage of CMC11 as a learning opportunity. By the way, he is located in the very Northern, remote region of the Northwest Territory of Canada.
I will save the next example for my next blog post ... just to keep your anticipation heightened a wee bit. Meanwhile, enjoy one of the Wordles that was generated for CMC11 ...

By cyeager, Feed:CMC11, Sat, 03 Sep 2011 23:30:00 +0000 [Comment]
Blog Post: MOOCdom
CMC11, the MOOC, is ready for the public, although, it is still a work in progress. Lifelong learning is a work in progress ... The journey of creating CMC11 has been difficult, exhilarating, frustrating, fun, enlightening, and a walk into the dark side of html coding. It has been a time of stress and freedom ... and a great example of constructivist learning throughout the process.

This MOOC is an entry into the realm of open learning and an investigation of just what that means. Exchanging knowledge and understanding and building upon those elements are connectivist activities, and in the process each participant will be developing their own learning environment. We will laugh, feel frustrated, become exhilarated and experience a range of emotions as we move through the processes and listen and watch our contributions as they are collected, remixed, revised and sent forward. Our reflections will be rich and diverse. It promises to be great fun and greatly rewarding. Invite your family, friends, neighbors and people you do not even know to join ...

By cyeager, Feed:CMC11, Mon, 22 Aug 2011 01:35:00 +0000 [Comment]
Blog Post: MOOCdom link
Here is the link for the Creativity and Multicultural Communication MOOC

... and this is what you will see when you arrive

Come on in, poke around and join us when you can ... free and open ... also available for college credit for 2,3 or 4 credits with SUNY/Empire State College tuition fee accordingly (see "About this Course" section for link to instructions).
Don't forget to register on the first page if you want to lurk or participate; free, or for credit.
Hope to see you soon!

By cyeager, Feed:CMC11, Mon, 22 Aug 2011 13:47:00 +0000 [Comment]
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