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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,...

#UCSAFFIRE 2013

The University of Canberra (UC) is hosting a two-day SAFFIRE Festival in the INSPIRE Centre on the University Campus. UC receved a $25.95 million Structural Adjustment Fund grant for 2013-14. The suffix acronym FIRE refers to Flexibility and Innovation, Recruitment, and Engagement. There are five overarching goals to the project: Curriculum design: design and implement a range of distinctive and innovative degree programs across the UC Group that are student-centred, flexible and accessible; capitalise on UC’s existing disciplinary strengths; are delivered through a variety of online, blended, intensive and partnership delivery strategies; provide clear entry articulation; and enable student enrolment growth Support...