My response to Chris Life under microscope
I could understand how it feels when “PLENKers are lab rats running the maze of a completely unstructured learning experience so that the people in white coats can observe us and form theories about how lab rats learn so that they might build the personal learning environment of the future.”
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First, I had been with Jenny throughout the journey in CCK08, and also experienced quite a lot on such learning environment with many others like Ken in the CCK courses. I could sense that you, like many others won’t feel comfortable with that role. That’s also why I have volunteered to conduct action research this time, rather than being just a participant, in order to gain a deeper understanding of MOOC/PLENK from different perspectives. I reckon if it is researched and learned with that in mind, then it will be more about “youself or myself” learning in the course, and how your way of learning would be influenced by the connections under such an ecology (course), rather than teaching and learning strategies in a typical formal course, which normally would be about “us (students) and them (instructors)” Without such experiment/experience, how would we be confident in “trying it out” with our students? Would it work for your students? If you use the plenk (MOOC) approach, why would your students bail out? What would you recommend instead? I love to hear.
Photo: From PLENK blog
Is this MOOC about teaching? In previous MOOC, there were many teachers joining the course, expecting to learn about “teaching strategies” in MOOC. No, CCK was about learning, and so is PLENK. That’s why you may have to justify your teaching methods (as you said), as this is about learning, not “teaching”….
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The social ecology