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Quick thought on #engageMOOC


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I’ve heard #engageMOOC will stay live for a year.. But in case I want to keep using it in my classes, I’m gonna ask my students to point out to me and each other.. And vote… On which readings and videos and activities resonated with them most and why. And what kinds of things they wish there was more of… And hopefully next year if there’s no access to #engageMOOC itself, those would be readings in the pool of readings – or perhaps in a year, a more up-to-date reading list that is either by same authors or same topics or same type of topic.

For example. Last year, I divided Mike Caulfield’ s book Web Literacy for Students among 4 groups to read and present. This semester the engagemooc reading kinda does this more succinctly and we can spend more time practicing the four moves. Just one idea..


  1. As a class project, I think the Lateral Reading technique allows the students to inquire at depth into what the net offers and how to build their own recognized (and reliable} experts. Almost the very first thing I notice on every search is how many diverse sources will all reference a single source while very often being too lazy or time constrained to send their own staff. Following people who only follow their friends creates a suspiciously self-referential loop of reporters reporting on reports rather than reporting on the news.

    This is not only a poor use of the vastness of resources that could potentially appear on the net, it gives the impression of multiple independent observers agreeing on how something went down. Fair enough that we ourselves were not there and we must trust someone to cover it as directly as possible but do rate accuracy or truthfulness or agreement?

    Or maybe our minds are built to accommodate the variable tellings of the world that each individual inevitably gives from their own viewpoint / personality / biases and we reassemble it in our own minds anyway making multiple repeats superfluous? Alternately, the whole structure built around assigning the role of truth tellers to those who agree on what they saw sounds dangerous.

  2. I’m tagging and saving the #engageMOOC links — assigned and recommended readings, videos, blog posts, chat logs, related/relevant links shared by participants along the way. The collection may resist tidy organization, but at least everything will be in one place — and available in bookmarks and possibly rss. I’ll add post-course posts — latecomers, follow-ups and afterthoughts — as I come across them.

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