About the course

This massive open online course (mooc) has been designed around the key principles of

  • autonomy
  • diversity
  • openness and
  • interactivity.

Autonomy because you can choose whether or not to be assessed and the degree to which you engage with the course. Diversity because the course is open, attracting participants from across the world, who bring with them a wide variety of resources and expertise. Openness because the course is free, open to anyone and relies on open sharing of knowledge. Interactivity because learning across such a distributed group will depend on connectivity and frequent interactive communication.A basic course structure and additional support for those choosing to be assessed is provided.

It is expected that knowledge will be co-created through active, autonomous participation. Learning will emerge through the interactions around key activities. Through the connections you make in this mooc, you will

  • Filter, select and gather (aggregate) the information that is meaningful to you,
  • Interpret (remix) this information bringing to it your own perspective and insights,
  • Refashion (repurpose) it to suit your own purpose, and then
  • Share it (feed forward) with other participants, to learn from each other.

This course

  • Is designed at the postgraduate level (level 7 in the UK framework for higher education qualifications – FHEQ)
  • Represents about 50 hours of learning over five weeks
  • Depends on open sharing of knowledge, expertise, ideas and resources.

Course sites

This WordPress site is the course ‘Home’ for essential information and links to all other course sites. We will also use Moodle for course discussion forums, Blackboard Collaborate for live weekly synchronous sessions (which will be recorded) and PbWorks wiki for collaborative work and posting assignments. You can find Tutorials for how to use these and other technologies here.

Your sites

While we have set up Moodle forums, we expect discussion to be distributed across the web in online locations of your own choosing, such as your own blogs, Twitter and Google+ accounts.

Blog

If you do not already have a personal blog, there is information on how to set one up in either WordPress or Blogger here

Social bookmarking

Delicious, Bibsonomy, and Diigo are possibilities.

Social networking

Groups may get together in Facebook, Google +, Google groups, Twitter or other networking sites.

Reference Management

Zotero, Mendeley and Cite-u-like are all free-to-use reference and citation management sites.

Tagging #fslt12

Wherever you decide to make your posts it will be important to tag them with the course tag – #fslt12 – so that others can find them. If you set up a group, please let us know and send us the link, so that we can make it easy to find for others.

Mooc practice

Aggregation

By adding the course tag (#fslt) to your blog and group posts, we will be able to aggregate them into the main WordPress site. This will save you time in trying to locate distributed discussions.

Remixing and repurposing

There are a variety of ways you can respond to discussions.

  • Write a response
  • Create an artefact such as an audio file, a video, a diagram, a mind map, an image, or a powerpoint presentation

Feed back, feed forward and share

As we have said the success of a MOOC depends on open sharing and interaction, so when you have written your response or created your artifact

  • post it on your blog, in your group or in the Moodle forums
  • alternatively you can post your artefact to the course wiki, on a Flickr site or Slideshare
  • comment on other participants’ posts and artefacts

Don’t forget to use the course tag (#fslt12) and let us know the RSS feed of your blog, Flickr site, Delicious site or discussion groups, by adding them here, so that we can aggregate your contributions.

2 thoughts on “About the course

  1. Sui Fai Mak quotes me (here) from here: “However, I do not regard fslt12 as anarchic in conception….” I replied on the blog but think the thought worth reposting here.

    Hmmm, maybe in fact there is an anarchic underpinning to #fslt12. Depends on understandings of anarchy. Anarchy in the sense of flat governance structures, low power-distance relationships, shared (or distributed) and consensual decision-making. Not anarchy as disorder, chaos, violence.

    That said, given institutional issues there are some fundamentally non-anarchistic aspects to #fslt12. The course team have to report to funding bodies who exert authority and some of that exerted authority cascades through the networks. There is a wider network of social institutions that resists anarchy, too: software platforms with administration and participation hierarchies; intellectual property and licensing considerations and so on.

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