Should teaching/learning be this fun? Heck yeah. Yesterday, my blog brothers Jim “Click” Groom and Howard “Embed” Rheingold launched the first live session for Connected Courses and open connected course about teaching open connected courses (see recursion).
The first two week segment we, the Connected Brothers, are running is the “Pre-course” meant to onboard people, to have them set up their blog space and connect it to the course hub, but mainly to have them just start connecting.
And they have- the twitter channel is lively, and we have as of right now, 104 blogs connected in. I have to say, this round of getting the blog signup pumped into Feed WordPress is getting a much higher success rate than my earlier efforts. It still takes some manual banging on the pipes, but its going smoothly. Of course all the known kids are snortling about the way grandpa syndicates, but hey, we go it flowing.
We discussed in the video, but is worth repeating- the WordPress / FeedWordPress Syndication hub approach we are use in ds106 and on Connected Courses and I have been building in other places is just one means to create a connected courses structure. Other ways this has been done:
- The original Canadian MOOC style (cMOOC) of CCK08 onward using Stephen Downse’s gRSSHopper
- The far reaching success of Jonathan Worth’s PicBod and Phonar courses has really simple interaction via WordPress blogs and using the comments as the communication channel (later using a Google+ community)
- Lisa M Lane has used almost every platform for the Program For Online Teaching course including WordPress, Google Sites, and Google+ (I think, correct me Lisa?)
- FemTechNet is truly a network across multiple platforms, from blog sites to Google+ to Facebook groups
It’s not the platform that matters, it’s the connected design.
Our theme of Blog Talk, we played with a bit of shtick as a knock off of NPR’s show Car Talk:
And my brothers played it up well, mostly staying in character. While it looked like we were having fun, there is something important about the “liveness” of an event like that, what Jim sometimes called “eventness” that you lose when your online course is based on prepared videos. It does not truly replace the live nature of an engaged class discussion, you do not have all of the body language clues, but you can create some of that energy through a tool like Google Hangouts and a twitter back channel.
We come back on September 12 at 2pm Pacific, and will talk more about blogging, domains, and if anyone want to drive their blog in the garage, we will give it the 10 point inspection (free!).
As included in the end of the show, we give staff credits (again, imitation=highest form of flattery, ok NPR?)
- Graphic Critic- Phyllis Steen
- Personality Coach – Luke Warm
- Printing – Dot Matrix
- Strategic Planning – Kaye Sera
- Howard’s Wardrobe – Lotty Rheinstone
- Code Genius – Gene Hackman
- Translation Services – Somtin Wong
And do not forget- don’t blog like my brother!
See youse next week,