While participating in the #change11 MOOC, I’ve been considering the model of engagement with MOOCs as a possible for model for engaging staff with technology enhanced learning and teaching.
From an early perspective with my current engagement with the #change11 MOOC there are some key principles of engagement that might be useful. These principles are:
- The level of engagement is up to the participant – it’s entirely up to the individual to determine for themselves, how often and to what extent they wish to engage with the discussions that are ongoing at that time. My own level of engagement is not as extensive as others participating in #change11 but as I hope this post attests I’m still able to learn and apply what I have learned so far.
- How participants engage is entirely up to them. There is very little that is prescribed in these terms, other that subscribing to the daily newsletter which outlines the topics up for consideration. After that it’s up to individuals to engage as much or a little as they would like. Blog posts, twitter posts, Facebook and Google hangouts are all out there. The onus is on the individual to find what interests them and participate in whatever way they wish. Obviously, the inference here, is the more you put in the more you can get out.
- Set-up 2 meetings per term of particular subject areas of interest to the academic community
- Publish agreed schedule of meetings and topics
- Email/publicise to interested individuals schedule of meetings.
- Distribute ‘principles of engagement’ including agreed hashtag
- Collate list of blog post, twitter feeds etc.
- Use the newsletter as the facilitation mode for connecting participants with each other’s contributions.