Saturday, December 5, 2015

HumanMOOC: first thoughts

I had learned about HumanMOOC from Adam Croom at Twitter last week and I had signed up, thinking it was starting December 7, and then by accident saw a Hangout announcement at Google+ already today, Saturday (Dec. 5)... it was a quick one, just 30 minutes, with George Siemens (Hangout link). I listened to the whole thing (which is a good sign) and it was interesting of course, but it also left me wondering: why would I want to do this course exactly? The item in the course description that had pulled me in was something about making things we can use in our classes or something to that effect, but the impression I got from the Hangout today was that this was going to be discussion. And you know, I already discuss this stuff all the time already in my networks, and I'm not sure I want/need more discussion.

So, we'll see. I'll poke around at the site and figure out just what it is that IS happening on December 7. If we are going to be creating and making things (and I have a pretty broad definition of what "things" might mean!), and then sharing the things we make, that would be GREAT, and I'll definitely stick around for the ride.

But if it's just reading and discussion, I'm already pretty maxed out on reading and discussion.

Thinking about this did make me glad for the emphasis I put on making and creating in the very first class activities in my courses, and I will think about that even more carefully for next semester. I definitely want the students to feel like their creating and making things and then sharing them is the whole reason for the course... because it is! :-)

Immerse yourself in a project, and create something new.


  1. Hey Laura - i did a little bit of #humanMOOC last year. The hangouts are discussions of varying topics but the other stuff during the week was usually quite hands-on experimenting with different ways of doing things online and how it feels to try them. That's what I remember.

    I think yday the hangout was just like that coz of where George Siemens' thinking is right now. I think! I need to listen to the full thing!

    1. Hi Maha! I went back and looked at the course desc. to make sure I had not been hallucinating and it really did talk about digital assets. Esp. in the break between semesters I am so focused on making things for my classes to try to (quickly!) make improvements for Spring semester (I only have a few weeks to do that), so I am really hoping HumanMOOC will jumpstart some of that creativity! I know there are all kinds of things going on in the "big world" of system-level work (George talked about that, and I do understand the importance of scalable products and processes)... but esp. during the school year, I'm just totally focused on my classes. Not massive: but massively important to me! :-)


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