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A Course, A Community?

Shortly after the #ucsaffire Festival earlier this week, I wrote a post about small open online communities. In the post, I noted: I had a brief conversation with Danny Munnerley about the capital C in SOOC. Danny made the excellent point that C stands for Community rather than Course. I am going to act on this excellent suggestion and think about longer-term aspects of open online opportunities. Stephen Downes picked up on the post and observed in OLDaily: courses have start and end dates, and communities don't. So if your thing has a start and end date, it's a course. It may foster...

Small Open Online Communities

I had an opportunity to present some ideas about a cSOOC at the #ucsaffire Festival. Shortly after presenting, I had a brief conversation with Danny Munnerley about the capital C in SOOC. Danny made the excellent point that C stands for Community rather than Course. I am going to act on this excellent suggestion and think about longer-term aspects of open online opportunities. A few days earlier, Susan Blum wrote: If our ultimate goal is to educate human beings, then we must focus not only on knowledge and information, discipline and surveillance as measured by tests, but also on non-academic pleasures, motivations,...

Making Room for Learning Spaces

Early Summer mornings are great times to catch up on overnight news. This morning I had a Scoop.it alert to Colin Warren's Technology and Curriculum Transformation page. Colin linked to a Steve Wheeler post on Learning Precincts. Steve's post was written at the New Zealand Tertiary Education Summit. In the post, Steve considers how universities might create learning spaces that are conducive to learning for all. Steve shared news of Rob Allen's talk on Auckland University of Technology's Learning Precinct. The Precinct is due to be completed in 2013 and will increase the campus by 25%. Its features include: a 12-floor tower, a...

Thinking About Space: Links and Magic

I spend some part of each week in the Teaching Commons at the University of Canberra. I meet all sorts of people there. It is great space for conversation, working collaboratively and working in shared and sometimes noisy space. Today I had the opportunity to chat with Danny Munnerley about the evolution of the Teaching Commons and its relationship with other spaces on the University campus (including the soon-to-be-completed InSPIRE Centre). As is often the case our conversation turned to 'edgelessness'. Driving home today I listened to two interviews on Radio National's Artworks program that extended my conversation with Danny about place and space. Links In...

Edging to Open Learning in Open Spaces

Last week I had the opportunity to visit Ballarat to discuss Edgeless Challenges and Opportunities. I have been thinking a great deal about learning spaces and the function (rather than the form) of the university of late. In part these thoughts have been stimulated by the University of Canberra's development of teaching and learning commons. This week I have been overwhelmed by the number of connections I am finding in relation to open learning and sharing. Some of these connections include: George Siemens' post (10 December) about Connections, Clouds, Things & Analytics in which he observes that: many universities have an educational...