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September 14, 2011

[Week 1 : Orientation]

Set Up Your Social Web

Welcome to Day 3 of the Change MOOC orientation week. Today it's all about setting up your social web. Here's an introduction to the social web aspect of this online course.

In particular, once you are logged in, you should click on the Options link in the upper right hand corner of course pages. Clicking on this takes you to your options page, where you can manage your online presence in This page lets you manage your social network in the course.

We would especially like to encourage you to add your blog or RSS feed. We will aggregate the posts you write over the year, and if you use the #change11 tag in the title, body or category of your post, we'll be able to link to it in the course newsletter and make it available in the content viewer. To submit your feed, click on the Add a New Feed link. This will take you to a form where you can add your feed information.

Visit and reload the the blog viewer page - we'll be approving and harvesting starting this evening.

What Else is Happening?

We encourage all participants in #change11 to create or manage their own course activities elsewhere on the web. If you set up an activity and send us email then we will:

- provide a description and link in the 'Facilitators Posts' section of the course newsletter
- add your activities to the Web-based Activities page.

Some activities have already been started - a Facebook group, a teleconference schedule, more. Visit the page to see these, and more, listed. You can start participating any time.

Facilitator Posts

To view the entire blog post, click on the title of the post, and you'll be taken to the blog post itself.

Change11 Facebook Group
Lars Was, Facebook, September 14, 2011.

Web-based Activity: Lars Was writes, "As I will be attending the Change11 MOOC, I've taken the liberty to create a group in Facebook called "Change11". It's an open group, anyone can participate. Maybe you could share it in your next Daily, so we can start to get to know each other a bit better, before the course actually starts." Done! [Comment]

OpenStudy Group
Ashwin Ram, OpenStudy, September 14, 2011.

Web-based Activity: Ashwin Ram writes, "We've created an OpenStudy group for the Change MOOC. The best way to add it as a suggested resource is to embed a small widget that lets your participants see the interactions while on your course page. Here's an example from MIT's Intro CS course - the OpenStudy group is in the left column. It's easy to embed - just a one-line script (just like adding a link)." [Comment]

Blog Posts

This is a list of the blog posts mentioning the change11 keyword or tag harvested from the list of blogs submitted by participants.
[Browse all Blog Posts]

How to Participate in the MOOC - 2
Downes, Half an Hour
Today in #change11 it's all about setting up your social web.Remember from yesterday that if you want to engage more actively in the course, the best way is to create your own contributions online. You are not required to do this, but you may well find yourself more engaged in the process if you do.Here's what the social web involves in this course:Your own personal information and emailYour social network identitiesYour blog and other RSS feedsYour newsletter subscriptionOpenIDLogging .... [Link] 2011-09-14T16:56:00.002-03:00 [Comment]

If your blog post isn't here, don't panic. Participant feeds have not yet been checked and added to the list. Give us a few days. :)

New Discussion Threads

Consider commenting on participant's blog post to create a new discussion here. To view the entire discussion thread, click on the title of the post, and you'll be taken to the blog post itself. Or view the list of all discussion threads.

How to Participate in the MOOC
brainysmurf, 1 - Half an Hour, September 13, 2011.

Thanks, Stephen. This is my third attempt at MOOCing and your post is a great summary of the major impacts we feel when immersed in this new way of experiencing learning in a network. I also finally 'get it' about how discussion threads work now. Cheers! :) [Comment]


These are individual comments posted today to the discussion threads (for new discussion threads, see the list above).

Mariana Affronti Figari, Re: How to Participate in the MOOC, Thanks, Stephen. To participate, my blog is http:/....
brainysmurf, Re: Title, Here we go: Stephen's new guidance is pretty ....
brainysmurf, Re: Title, Hi, Rebecca. I recall having some trouble with ....
rhogue, New Threads?, Hi all, I've found what I think are the ....