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#SOCRMx Week 5: Data Analysis

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In this second half of the Introduction to Social Research Methods course the focus shifts from data generation and research methods to data analysis.

2017 64

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

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During this course, run by Field & Field , Iain McGilchrist spoke to us twice a day, for an hour and a half at the start of the day and an hour and three quarters in the late afternoon, although these times were flexible and usually ran over. For me, I want to make sense of the course.

2016 58

Trending Sources

#SOCRMx – Introduction to Social Research Methods MOOC. Week 1

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Most of my research to date has centred on learners’ experiences in connectivist massive open online courses, or open online learning environments. Source of image.

2017 72

Why do a PhD by Publication?

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They may not include course readers, internally published material or unpublished seminar/conference papers, and . Why do a PhD at all? I have considered this question many times since I completed my MA in 1997 when I was asked by the awarding University department to continue to do a PhD.

2017 89

The power of silent learners

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The webinar was run as part of a Nordic Nordplus project, Silent learners – Is lurking working? , investigating how silent or peripheral learners can be better understood even in courses where participation is the focus. This week I attended a webinar which focussed on silent learners.

2017 97

cMOOCs and xMOOCs – key differences

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xMOOCs are convened on a designated platform; they may offer alternative sites such as Facebook or Twitter, but the course runs principally on the main platform, where interaction takes place in discussion forums. MOOC Creators Criticise Courses’ lack of Creativity.

#NRC01PL Personal Learning Assistants

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Intelligent Conversational Bot for Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs). Source of image (see Footnote). This week I have lost my wonderful personal trainer who has been coming to me twice a week for the past three years or so.

2016 81

Hand Cycling around Bali

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And of course, whilst you might want the best of suntans, Factor 50+ is a must. Map of Bali. At the beginning of this month I joined a group of hand cyclists who were raising money for REGAIN by cycling 320 km around Bali. Photo by Liz Pardey, Volunteer at Bali Sports Foundation.

2017 55

#openedMOOC Week 4: Open Teaching

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Whilst of course it is possible that knowledge can be found in the connections in your network, it’s also quite possible that this knowledge doesn’t amount to much.

2017 34

#SOCRMx End of Week 3 Reflections

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It is very useful, because the resources provided (as mentioned in a previous post ) are really excellent, but unfortunately some of them are locked down in closed systems so only accessible to course participants.

2017 34

The Rhizome as a Metaphor for Learning in a MOOC

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During the course, our interest was piqued by comparison of our experience on #Rhizo14 with that on other MOOCs. A Prezi seemed to reflect, at least in part, the chaotic environment and ‘falling down a rabbit hole’ aspect of rhizomatic learning that was discussed in the course.

2014 102

#openedMOOC begins October 1st

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There is already a Twitter hashtag – #openedMOOC – and you can enrol on the EdX website where you can also find the course syllabus: Week 1: Why Open Matters.

2017 39

Anticipating new open courses and conferences

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There seem, at this time, to be many open courses on offer and conferences of interest. Connected Courses. This has caught my attention because of the number of well-known names involved in the course design. An open, free course being offered by George Veletsianos.

2014 23

#openedMOOC Week 2: Copyright, the Public Domain, and the Commons

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And I know from the blog stats that some posts are used in closed courses, i.e. I can’t actually see how they are being used as I don’t have a password for the course. An infographic created by Shihaam Donnelly from [link].

2017 34

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

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Al Filreis’ Modern and Contemporary American Poetry (ModPo) open course/Coursera MOOC has started again today. This is the third iteration of this course. I didn’t catch it first time around, but I did complete the course last year (2013). It is a challenging course.

2014 84

Open teaching and learning

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Of course we will all make mistakes when working online, just as we do face-to-face, but strangely being open online can serve to make us more responsible and accountable than we might be in other offline spaces. Source of image .

2015 71

#SOCRMx: Week 3 – Working with images

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According to the information provided in this course, visual methods are becoming increasingly popular. I have found the working with images resources in the Introduction to Social Research Methods MOOC very stimulating.

2017 28

ALTMOOCSIG Conference: MOOCs – Which way now?

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This was a free conference (thank you ALT, Mira Vogel and Fiona Harvey ), but of course there were expenses involved with travelling from Cumbria to London – but it was well worth it. It’s dangerous not to steward courses’ (with reference to Wenger et al.’s MOOCs – Which way now?

2014 83

If space is a becoming what kind of spaces do we need for learning?

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Of course Caroline has also published about learning spaces: Haythornthwaite, C. The second keynote at the Networked Learning Conference 2016 was presented by Sian Bayne.

2016 58

A-Z of authors I have learned from this year

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Bayne, Sian & Ross, Jen – The Pedagogy of the Massive Open Online Course: the UK View. Knox, Jeremy – Posthumanism and the Massive Open Online Course . Rolfe, Vivien – A Systematic Review of the Socio-Ethical Aspects of Massive Online Open Courses .

2016 46

#OpenedMOOC Week 6: The Triumph of the Immaterial

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Also like Matthias I have not wanted to complete the MOOC tasks or meet the course objectives; instead I have followed my own interests. This is the final week of the #openedMOOC and my final post. Like Matthias Melcher I have surprised myself by reaching the end of this MOOC.

2017 21

The Pedagogy of ModPo

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The ModPo team realizes that lots of teachers attend the course looking for ideas on how best to teach poetry in their classrooms. In cMOOCs the students drive the direction of the course. The ModPo team do not believe that they offer a course or a text book.

2014 68

Presenting at the 10th Networked Learning Conference, Lancaster

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We met in the Change11 MOOC run by Stephen Downes and George Siemens and then again in a course run by Etienne and Beverly Wenger-Trayner in which we were both online participants. Bev has just posted a video about this year’s courses.

2016 51

PhD by Publication – Making a Contribution

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Of course, I know of the criticisms of a PhD by Publication and I suspect that several of my colleagues and friends wonder about whether this is a ‘proper’ PhD. Earlier this year I was awarded a PhD by Publication from the University of Lancaster , UK. The process is not quite finished yet.

2017 33

An Introduction to the Divided Brain – Part 1

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For the past four days I have been attending a 4 day course run by Field & Field , in a beautiful location near Broadway in the Cotswolds. From the course booklet). I have already reserved a place on next year’s course.

2015 60

Academic Writing as a ‘Desire to Relate’

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At the same time as being introduced to this video and David Gregson’s work, I have been following Pat Thomson’s blog in which she is sharing how she is running her 8-day writing course in Iceland.

2015 63

Pedagogy, practice and learning theory

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On the Pedagogy First programme (an online course to learn how to teach online) learning theory comes very near the end of the 24 week course (at Week 21), perhaps reflecting a view that theory follows practice, or that theory needs to be understood as a culmination of prior learning.

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Drawing to think

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Furthering Higher Education Possibilities through Massive Open Online Courses (pp. I will start by saying that I do not draw to think, even though I do occasionally draw. I write to think, which is why I am writing this post. Let me explain.

2016 46

Principles for Rhizomatic Thinking

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There was an attempt at self-healing by Rhizo14 participants but apparently the outcome was not satisfactory to those most affected and some people left the course as a result. Some people felt excluded or peripheral to what was going on in the course.

2014 63

Freire, MOOCs and Pedagogy of the Oppressed

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It has occurred to me that MOOCs (massive open online courses) have something to say about this? ’ This last quote seems to relate, for me, very closely to the philosophy behind the original cMOOCs run my Stephen Downes and George Siemens and to the ideas behind rhizomatic learning which Dave Cormier will discuss in more depth in his open course – Rhizomatic Learning – The community is the curriculum – starting on Tues 14th January.

2014 69

#NRC01PL Personal Learning MOOC Week 1

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I have registered for Stephen Downes’ 7 week Personal Learning MOOC – Here is the text, advertising the course, from the first part of Stephen Downes’ Half an Hour blog. Course objectives: participants will develop an appreciation of different models of online course delivery, ranging from the traditional LMS through connectivist MOOCs to potential future models of personal learning and performance support. Course Tag: #NRC01PL.

2016 45

MOOCs – Which Way Now?

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The ALTMOOCSIG – the Association for Learning Technology (ALT) Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) Special Interest Group (SIG) – is running a one day conference on MOOCs – Which Way Now?

2014 64

The Divided Brain and the Power of ‘No’

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in a series of posts I am making following a four-day course with Iain McGilchrist. Details of the course, which will run again next year can be found on the Field & Field website. From the course booklet). Monday 23rd March am.

2015 55

Making Sense of the Rhizome Metaphor for Teaching and Learning

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In this post we outline how we will continue our presentation, by sharing what we understand by the rhizome metaphor, a description of the #Rhizo14 course, and an explanation of how we are conducting our research. The other key similarity was that it was an open and free course. -

2014 61

The Messiness of Rhizomatic Learning – Words Steal My Intent

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Week 2 of Dave Cormier’s open online course - Rhizomatic Learning – the community is the curriculum – is at end, and what a messy week it has been. I was interested in this post about unlearning that I came across yesterday – not related to this course ).

2014 66

Gardening in open learning environments

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Of course, the little I did in my garden yesterday is far from the whole picture when it comes to creating a beautiful garden.

2015 51

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

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This could apply to face-to-face courses, as when University lecturers welcome members of the public to attend their lectures, and to online courses, where anyone with an internet connection and the appropriate technology can attend the course. A project initiated by a publishing company to develop online courses for Higher Education, through a highly collaborative international and cross institutional approach.

2013 70

May 2015 – metaphor, meaning and motion

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Of course I know we were so lucky – no rain, only one day of high winds, a fantastic hotel, amazingly safe cycle routes and lanes with good surfaces, and the stunning tulip fields.

2015 51

Why and how I use Twitter

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I realised that it was much easier to follow the hashtag of courses and conferences with Tweetdeck. But apart from following hashtags for conferences, twitter chat and courses, the only thing I find it useful for is links to useful resources and ideas. Source of image.

2016 40

#NRC01PL Personal Learning MOOC Week 3

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But for me – it’s all fine, because at the moment I can’t devote my full attention to the course, so I am more of a ‘window shopper’ and ‘sampler’ – two of the labels which have been used to define MOOC groups by some researchers.

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