cMOOCs and xMOOCs – key differences

Jenny Connected

As xMOOCs become more successful and begin to experiment with pedagogies that go beyond the didactic video lecture approach, I have been trying to understand the essential differences between the original connectivist MOOCs such as CCK08 and the current xMOOCs such as those offered by Coursera.

Learner support in MOOCs. An alternative perspective

Jenny Connected

This is a different way of thinking about learner support, which was largely overlooked in the panel discussion, where the thinking seemed to be about what the ‘we’ the MOOC conveners could do for ‘them’ the learners, which is the approach that seems to have been taken by many MOOCs. Learning in the 21 st century requires some additional and different skills – skills such as being able to: locate, filter and select from vast amounts of information on the web.

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Unflattening: text, drawing and alternative perspectives

Jenny Connected

It is a plea to imagine otherwise, to find different perspectives and new ways of seeing. In support of this, Nick Sousanis points out that we see with two eyes, not one, and each eye gives us a different perspective.

An alternative perspective on the meaning of ‘open’ in Higher Education

Jenny Connected

It is clear that ‘open’ can be interpreted in a number of different ways. From the work that I do with different Universities, not just in the UK, but also around the world, I don’t think so, at least not yet. So, if the adoption of ‘openness’ is going to be a slow process, what are the alternatives? With the rise of MOOCs there has been much speculation about the meaning of ‘open’, particularly with respect to the Higher Education business model.

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Different perspectives

Viv Mcwaters

The alternative can be scary. So once we get over ourselves and realise that we are not in any physical danger, is there really any reason NOT to try something different? Different perspectives is a post from:

Collaborative Thinking: Novell Acquires SiteScape - Will It Make A Difference?

Collaborative Thinking

and Enterprise Mashups | Main | Innovation Has Its Own Personality » February 13, 2008 Novell Acquires SiteScape - Will It Make A Difference? Novell Strengthens Workgroup Portfolio with Team Workspace and Real-Time Collaboration Offerings February 13, 2008 in Collaboration , Open_Source , SaaS | Permalink TrackBack TrackBack URL for this entry: [link] Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Novell Acquires SiteScape - Will It Make A Difference? View an alternate.

About Hootsuite's Costly 'Freemium' Plans and Free Twitter Alternatives


Recently, HootSuite, a prominent social media dashboard, introduced a new “Freemium” pricing structure, which offers basic Web services at different price points. Seesmic : With three different versions available — web, mobile, and desktop — Seesmic is becoming popular quickly. In our trials, we did find it a worthwhile alternative, but ultimately stuck with Hootsuite because it is not as full-featured or easy to use.

The 10 basic online tools every trainer and online facilitator should know

Joitske Hulsebosch

The bad news is that for every tool also is another alternative. An alternative to this bookmark tool is delicious. There are many alternative brainstorming walls like stormboard or spiderscribe. If you have your own Yammer network you can easily build an external network in which people with different email accounts can exchange. One alternative is

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Job #SocialMedia – Digital Marketing Co-ordinator- Sydney @p2pKirstie

Laurel Papworth- Social Network Strategy

Proactive nature and ability to work in dynamic organisation where each day is different. To apply please go to , alternatively for “more information or a confidential conversation please contact Shannon Flynn on +61282709762 “ Monday Job.

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Collaborative Thinking: Economic Concerns Will Renew Interest In Web Conferencing

Collaborative Thinking

Collaborative Thinking Perceptions on collaboration and social software by Mike Gotta « Social Networks Seem To Travel Well | Main | Getting Started With Web Conferencing » February 26, 2008 Economic Concerns Will Renew Interest In Web Conferencing Every so often, economic downturns, health-related outbreaks or acts of terrorism cause organizations to prioritize alternatives for corporate travel. There are open source alternatives as well. View an alternate.

‘The New World’. Fact and Truth in 2017

Jenny Connected

The programme drew on several research studies and spoke to a number of different scientists, researchers and others. The programme went on to discuss that there are different kinds of facts. How do we get contrary information and alternative perspectives into echo chambers?

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Anecdote: The difference between cooperation and coordination

John Tropea - Delicious Collaboration

We are interested in when its unhelpful to collaborate, examples of when collaboration has failed, and how collaboration differs from similar terms such as co-operation and co-ordination. So on the question of cooperation vs. collaboration I decided to phone a friend, well Skype chat some friends, and get their gut response to the question: What do you think is the difference between cooperation and collaboration?

Rawn Shah’s Social Networking for Business: A Review

Portals and KM

Again he offers a range of different leadership styles and discusses how each relates to collaboration. He then goes into different models of the social tasks related to collaboration. I did some catching up on my reading over the last holidays.

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Collaboration vs. Cooperation

Michael Sampson - Currents

On Quora someone asked about the difference between collaboration and cooperation. Or if you’d do it a different way yourself. Alternately, collaboration , if you embrace the strategy and behaviour of collaboration as more than just a current buzzword to which you give lip service, requires a shared values, the give-and-take of communication, a commonly valued outcome, and a few other things.

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Collaborative Discussions

Michael Sampson - Currents

The ideas of “great minds think alike” and “fools never differ” are unfortunately both true, but the fools element can be mitigated by exploring options and alternatives. This usually requires someone to raise a different idea and take responsibility for talking it through. Be willing to do something different.

Diversity is hard

Jenny Connected

According to Downes, the only way to avoid information cascades is to ensure multiple viewpoints and alternative perspectives from observers with different sets of prior experiences, world views and interpretations. An abundance of difference is not a convenience, it is a necessity.

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Exploring the Divided Brain – a 4 day course with Iain McGilchrist. Day 1 (am)

Jenny Connected

Every one of the 40 participants will have heard something different. If you are reading this post and have a different perspective, I would welcome your comment. I noted some of the same content, but also some differences. Some differences are not reductive but illuminating.

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Half-a-Call More Per Hour

Michael Sampson - Currents

The workers with standing desks alternated between standing and sitting, and on average, sat down for 1.6 Some clever wordsmith pointed out that the difference between ordinary and extra-ordinary is that little bit extra.

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Web Business Simulations for Management Development

The Bumble Bee

Alternatively you can pick a simulation from the list below: 1. The Social Media Optimization Simulator Game lets you instantly 'what-if' the effects of different social media activities (blogging, tweeting etc) on your enterprise. Tags: Think Differently

What’s Your Purpose?


Throughout all of these years of having been involved in Social Business Adaptation (both while at IBM and nowadays as a freelancer) I have been exposed to a good number of different purposes as to why both people AND organisations embark on that so-called Digital Transformation journey.

The leader casts a long shadow – further reflections on group work

Jenny Connected

In my cMOOC experience there has usually been an unwritten, if not explicit, expectation of a code of behaviour that respects alternative perspectives. (Source of image: [link] ).

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Your online Business Development System: The Alerts Radar

The Bumble Bee

The google alerts syntax is very similar to google search syntax (with some annoying differences) - if you need to explore google alerts in more detail there is an excellent google alerts guide produced by Nancy Blachman. Alternatives to Google Alerts. Tags: Think Differently

How Do I Use OneDrive for Business?

Michael Sampson - Currents

That’s a valid alternative for enterprise file sync and share capabilities, but before making that move, he asked what he’d done wrong. Set up different SharePoint sites for projects, teams, initiatives, departments, etc., Would you say something different? At a recent meeting in Christchurch one of the participants grumped about his experiences with moving to Office 365, and in particular OneDrive for Business.

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2013 – The Year of Social HR


At least, judging from that article Jeanne Meister published earlier on under the heading “ 2013 – The Year of Social HR ” and where she gets to develop further on a good number of different social media trends that will be affecting HR over the course of the next year.

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The Social Revolution – Remember Us


Otherwise, what’s the alternative? increase of extreme negatives we all keep getting exposed to in our daily lives, I want to strongly believe there is a different way. A much different way. We live in rather interesting, intriguing, complex, uncertain and wonderful times.

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Edinburgh University’s updated Manifesto for Teaching Online – 2015

Jenny Connected

Place is differently, not less, important online. Comment: Agreed – so what are the alternatives? In June of this year I published a blogpost about the changing role of the online teacher , following an invitation from Lisa Lane to write a post for her open Program for Online Teaching.

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About blogging, tunneling visions and knowledge entrepreneurship

Joitske Hulsebosch

In practice things were slightly different. Rather, ideas went into all kind of different directions. is doing to amplify the voices of bloggers in different countries. Also a teamblog might be an interesting alternative, like thes teamblog of NVO2.

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ModPo – Learn how to undo the way in which we read

Jenny Connected

Here are some that have occurred to me, in no particular order of preference and of course, other ModPoers will have different perspectives. These TAs (past students) are also very knowledgeable and add great depth to the discussions about poetry through their alternative perspectives.

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Collaborative Thinking: Getting People On The Same Page

Collaborative Thinking

As senior director of Microsoft Platforms, he is tasked with getting different parts of Microsoft to dance to the same tune. View an alternate. Collaborative Thinking Perceptions on collaboration and social software by Mike Gotta « March Madness: That Time Of Year Again.

Real Decisions or Reflexive Nitpicking: Distinction Bias

Evolving Web

Even though in our alternate no-choice reality you were perfectly happy with the apple. Distinction Bias says that when we compare things directly, we tend to overestimate the importance of their differences. That second question is very different than the first.

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Collaborative Thinking: The Sociability Of Social Media

Collaborative Thinking

View an alternate. Collaborative Thinking Perceptions on collaboration and social software by Mike Gotta « Enterprise 2.0

Talking and Walking Collaboration | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

I alternately felt guilty or impatient with my collaborators. And it is ENTIRELY DIFFERENT than writing on my own. Sometimes it is about surfacing and understanding differences to use them productively (Socialization).

Talking and Walking Collaboration | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

I alternately felt guilty or impatient with my collaborators. And it is ENTIRELY DIFFERENT than writing on my own. Sometimes it is about surfacing and understanding differences to use them productively (Socialization).

On Overcoming Generational and Outdated Views of Work

Michael Sampson - Currents

In the interview We Can’t Work All the Time on HBR recently, there’s this gem (emphasis added in the final paragraph): SARAH GREEN CARMICHAEL: Well, I’m also curious to know, given these are a couple of things that you’ve learned through experience, are there other things where, as a leader, you’ve looked back now and said, you know, when such and such employee came to me with some work-life issue, I wish I had responded differently at the time?

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The Dangers of Mediocrity and The Power of the Dip


In it, Seth, once again, is at his best talking about a whole bunch of different subjects, starting off with spending a few minutes on what I feel is one of the main issues at all levels we have got to deal with in today’s (business) world: mediocrity.

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Jenny Connected

OLDSMOOC is thought by the conveners to be different because it is a project-based MOOC. A point worth noting for our US colleagues is that learning design is considered to involve different thought processes to instructional design, which is thought to be a more linear process.

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Silos Kill Business

Michael Sampson - Currents

Brand shear, as the experience a customer gets on different media properties varies wildly. Give equal billing to each media channel, because different audience members will prefer different methods of hearing from you. The alternative? Christopher Penn writes about effective marketing.

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10 online icebreakers

Joitske Hulsebosch

Alternatively participants could be put into small groups and find out through teamwork what the truths and lies are. An other alternative game is three truths and a lie. For the third time I was going through all my resources- files and bookmarks to find online icebreakers.

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Soul searching


And, following parenting parts of the blogoshpere brings enough examples of alternative work-life balance scenarios that are family-centred (e.g. Tags: Different workplace PhD process life no work-life balance PhD While going through the hard times of finishing my PhD dissertation I joked about the time after it, suggesting that I might go into the symptoms similar to the people who retire and don’t know what to do with their life then.

Re-Imagining Effective Work (aka Digital Transformation) – What Is This?

Michael Sampson - Currents

Regardless of your phrase of choice, all three are focused on essentially the same reality: how do we see beyond the immediate effects of new tools and approaches on work practice and envision a different way of designing organisations.

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