The #oclmooc website overview

We thought you might be interested in the report that the WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared about the activity on this site.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,700 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Two sessions with Alec Couros

Alec Couros joined us for the final webinar of #oclmooc on October 30th. It was a great session. Here is the link to the archive of the Blackboard Collaborate session.

A few weeks after our last webinar, several #oclmooc co-conspirators joined Alec Couros in a conversation about our experiences in #etmooc and how they might be replicated in other moocs as part of week 5 of Connected Courses. You might recognize #oclmooc co-conspirators Susan Spellman Cann, Paul Signorelli, Erin Luong and Rhonda Jessen in the archive of the session which I have embedded below. If you’d like to read more about the session, here is a link to Paul’s post about the it.

Archive from Dave Cormier’s webinar September 25th

Last night Dave Cormier was our special guest in the first webinar of #oclmooc. It was a great session!

He took us on a historical journey though the history education from the tradition of oral learning, through the catechetical era through to the current textbook model. We all agreed that cMoocs are most like the tradition of oral learning but participants are no longer limited by the need to be in the same place at the same time.

Screen Capture from Dave Cormier's Webinar

Screen Capture from Dave Cormier’s Webinar

Dave talked about rhizomatic learning and encouraged us to think of the Community as the Curriculum – because the content that the community provides ends up being what you learn, but more importantly because being able to participate in a community is what it means to know. You aren’t an expert because you remember information about a topic but because you can make decisions about it and you can engage in a community of knowers about that topic. This is why we need to learn as social people.

Dave shared his advice and experience about how to succeed in a Mooc, expanding on his 5 Steps to Succeed in a Mooc:

  • Orient
    • This is the step that many learners miss and it is crucial for success in a Mooc
  • Declare
    • It’s your job to give others a chance to know who you are – you need to share.
    • We recommend blogging, participating in the Google+ Community and sharing and connecting via the #oclmooc Twitter hashtag.
  • Network
    • Then it is time to connect with others – responding and commenting on what others say. Networking is never coherent it’s always messy and real – like our lives
  • Cluster
    • You can’t follow everything and everyone. At some point you start to cluster around people who are doing work that is important to you, who make sense to you, who challenge your work.
  • Focus
    • There is a cycle that happens at the start of Moocs where people are really enthusiastic but that isn’t usually sustainable. You need to decide what you are going to focus on, how you are going to leverage the network and cluster to get the work that you need to do done.

If you weren’t able to join us last night, or if you would like to view the webinar again, you can listen to the archive. Here is the link to the archive of Dave’s session. It is a Blackboard Collaborate archive so you will need to install Blackboard (or perhaps update Java) if you haven’t done so. You can find instructions for installing Blackboard here.