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Why I Am Interested in #ccourses #ccresearch

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So here is just a quick post to explain why I am interested in doing #ccourses research, which we are tagging #ccresearch

I’ve already blogged a lot about my interest in researching the experiences of connect learners – what makes a connected learning experience work for people, how can we explain it to newbies and help them benefit from it, and all of these questions help people who want to design a connected learning experience to do it better.

#ccourses is supposed to be a course that helps educators think about how to plan their own connected learning experience in the future. So far, we’ve been reading and talking around the subject but not necessarily talking about our individual goals for creating connected courses; nor are the units directly creating building blocks to help someone think about creating a connected course. I actually love this, because it helps me think about all these important issues in depth, discussing with other people, and naturally coming to my own conclusions as to how this might influence how I would design my own connected course, if I get the chance.

But what I think is important to explore (but has not yet been explored) is this aspect of what makes a good connected learning experience?

I had an Anna Karenina moment about this the other day: are all good connected learners the same, but one who are not so connected are not connecting for different reasons?

I think good connected courses are not the same – I have enjoyed all of the following and they were each v different: rhizo14, edcmooc, clmooc, octel, nwoer, ccourses

The MOOCs were different, but when i engaged with them in a certain way, that’s when i benefited. I think for me personally, that way is similar across the courses, and when i do certain things, i benefit more, and of course the more a course encourages or motivates me to do those things, the better, but often it has to do with my own motivation and circumstances, plus what I do and how the course is designed.

So I am interested in #ccresearch because it is an avenue to ask those kinds of questions. Thanks again to Laura Gogia (one of her blogposts here and here, the new wordpress site for ccresearch here) for taking the lead on this. I look forward to more!

[note: links coming up soon]

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