September 10, 2011
Welcome to Change MOOC!
Welcome to Change - a Massive Open Online Course.
This email is a short introduction to the course facilitators and to what you can expect next week.
The course schedule is here: http://bit.ly/rmQ6FE
Feel free to share this sign up link with colleagues: http://bit.ly/n8FNMx
Course tag: #change11
There are three of us facilitating this course: Stephen Downes (National Research Council, Canada), Dave Cormier (University of Prince Edward Island), and George Siemens (Athabasca University). We've collaborated on numerous online courses before and have continued to refine our pedagogical methods and our technical infrastructure. The format this year is different from what we've done in the past: we've invited a group of fascinating thinkers to share their expertise with us - one per week.
This course starts on September 19. This next week, however, will be an orientation week. We will provide our reflections and some information on how to get the most out of this course. You'll receive our "Five Steps to MOOC Bliss" in daily emails, starting Monday, Sept 12. These will offer our suggestions for dealing with the course format, how to make sense of the distributed format, and how to find your way around. Of course, this being a MOOC, you are free to participate as you like.
Looking forward to an outstanding learning experience over the next 35 weeks!
George, Dave, Stephen