Benjamin Stewart is “always interested in collaborating/cooperating with other educators. I’m participating in an Online Pedagogy MOOC and plan to participate in the scenarios planning MOOC at Wikieducator. I’m always curious about discussing with others not only MOOC content but MOOC designs/participation as well. I’m intrigued how others view distance courses and usually come from this perspective when I conduct online (informal) discussions. I usually try to ask more questions than I answer. 🙂
Benjamin tends to ask those questions in Hangouts on TILL, Teachers for Interactive Language Learning, a Google+ community
Informal pedagogical discussion for anyone interested in TESOL, general education, and/or ed. technology.
Lucia writes: “Our ten-week cMOOC has just closed, with the collective decision to go on as a community, with new group initiatives springing out of it.
The creator of the cMOOC is professor Andreas Formiconi, from University of Florence and IUL-Italian University Line, which is a partnership of four Universities offering online courses to teachers.
A few interesting figures about the success of the cMOOC can be read here; those of you who can read some Italian can access some more detail through this poster, which was prepared for a Conference on Universities and Life-long Learning.”
Meantime you can learn the interesting story of how this event transpired by reading the comments at this blog post:
Amara remains an interesting tool for language learning activities,
though less so than when it was called Universal Subtitles, because
its developers have curtailed some heterodox uses since the change of
name – which coincided with their financing themselves with pro
services: pro customers apparently don’t like to have N subtitle
tracks for the same language :D. And it’s become more bug-prone too.
Nonetheless, I’ve set up small activities with it within 2 of Andreas
Formiconi’s online courses: #ltis13 and the former #linf12, and both
times, the participants involved found it very easy to master, even
though they had no previous subtitling experience. In the #linf12
instance, what triggered the activity was a post by Andreas about the
Cloud with three rather technical video tutorials that several
participants found hard to understand.
Also earlier this week:
Sat June 22 1400 GMT – Nellie Deutsch interviews Bryan Alexander on Moodle MOOC
Thomas Hodgers writes: I was able to see and hear both you and Bryan throughout todays presentation Week 4: MOOCs & Ubiquitous Computing, but the Recording of the session has … no video or voice for Bryans presentation. I hope somebody was able to record everything!
Nellie’s special guest for this session is Dr. Bryan Alexander (according to Nellie, accredited with coining the MOOC). Dr. Alexander will be discussing online learning vs. ubiquitous computing.
How does learning change as we enter the era of ubiquitous computing? What does the MOOC furor tell us about emerging education? It is possible that we will have to rethink many aspects of schooling, from information architecture to academic labor. Institutional learning may suffer a classic economic disruption, or it may transform into a new, networked entity.In the presentation, Dr. Alexander and the participants will examine drivers of change, along with several possible futures.
Learning2gether monitored a number of events taking place this weekend from Saturday June 15 to Monday June 17, 2013. Probably the most listenable recording was the one above, from Stephen Downes, being interviewed by Nellie Deutsch for Moodle MOOC on Saturday.
Monday June 17 – Jeff Lebow streams ‘English SOS’ (Speaking Online Show)
Brought to you by Jeff Lebow’s courageous ENG317 students at Busan University of Foreign Studies, Jeff has adapted Hangouts to motivating his students to connect with native speakers and practice English online. In this event, we witnessed a delightful series of presentations by Jeff’s students, who bring a lot of creativity to the hangouts. In response to announcements (on the Webheads list <http://groups.yahoo.com/group/evonline2002_webheads/message/30479> and on Learning2gether) Carol Yeager, Rita Zeinstejer, and Vance joined in the text chat in this session which coincided with time for Learning2gether.
This recording features, among other presentations
A perspicacious talk about a Korean reality show where celebrities are shown spending time with their children, which strikes a chord in Korea
A delightful Kim Bop cooking lesson
According to Jeff, the students have all consented to having their recordings posted online. Details about all English SOS segments can be found at: http://englishbridges.net/live.
Date: Sat., June 15, 2013
Time: 9:00am PST/10:00am MST/11:00am CST/12:00pm ESTTime where you are, 20:00 GMT: http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?msg=Classroom+2.0&iso=20130615T09&p1=137&ah=1
Location: http://tinyurl.com/cr20live (http://tinyurl.com/cr20live)Kim Caise, Lorna Costantini and Peggy George will be hosting another Classroom 2.0 LIVE show. As an extension to the Classroom 2.0 Ning community, Classroom 2.0 “LIVE” shows are opportunities to gather with other educators in real-time events, complete with audio, chat and desktop sharing. A Google calendar of upcoming shows is available at http://live.classroom20.com/calendar.html.Join us Saturday, June 15th, when Christiana Cantrill and Paul Oh of the National Writing Project, Paul Allison of the National Writing Council, and Karen Fasimpaur, will present ”Summer of Making and Connecting”. The team of presenters will discuss the use of writing and technology to make connections and collaborate with other students on global projects including, “Youth Voices” and the “National Writing Project”.More information and details are at http://live.classroom20.com. If you’re new to the Classroom 2.0 LIVE! show you might want to spend a few minutes viewing the screencast on the homepage to learn how we use Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Elluminate), and navigate the site. Each show begins at12pm Eastern (GMT-5) and may be accessed in Blackboard Collaborate directly using the following Classroom 2.0 LIVE! link at http://tinyurl.com/cr20live.On the Classroom 2.0 LIVE! site (http://live.classroom20.com) you’ll find the recordings of previous sessions.
A Tweetmeet is where users of a common #hashtag communicate synchronously on Twitter.
BaW coordinator Teresa Almeida d’Eca notes that BaW have done this before. The intro to the TweetMeet2 page recaps a recent one: “it all boils down to going to Twitter and start messaging with the (to be announced) hashtag.” http://baw2012.pbworks.com/w/page/53587722/TweetMeet2
The hashtag for this one is #13baw – As Teresa says “It’s totally free of people at this point”