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September 16, 2011

[Week 1 : Orientation]

Setting goals and expectations

Now that you've had a chance to get a bit of an overview of how open online courses are run, the technical components (grsshopper), you might find it helpful to think about what *you* want to get out of this course. What will make it a successful experience?

Take a few moments and reflect on your goals. Do you have something tangible in mind? Perhaps you're here to create a personal network and connect with colleagues. Or perhaps your goal is to spend time working with different technologies that you've heard about, but haven't had time to experiment with. Or perhaps you're here to contribute your knowledge of emerging technologies with colleagues. Regardless of what you've set for goals for #change11, and how firmly or clearly you've defined your goals, consider sharing them via a blog post or tumblr post. You can set up a free blog through sites like edublogs or tumblr. Add your blog to the course blog feed here and, if you use the #change11 tag in your post, it will be aggregated into the Daily.

Another important criteria for enjoying an open course, from our experience, relates to expectations. This is an open online course. That means you'll receive way more information that you can possibly read or make sense of. Don't expect to consume it all. If it's important, you'll come across it again. In terms of technology - we've run these courses for several years and have made significant progress in terms of format and delivery. However, technology is technology. Things go wrong. Expect it. Failure is part of experimentation. You will likely also find that it takes persistence, time, and effort to connect with others. That absolutely brilliant blog post you wrote may not receive the quality of feedback that you expect.

We encourage you to take the mindset that this course is a journey. We have plans and an itinerary. But things will go wrong. Plans will change. Not every meal will be stellar. Not every site can be explored to the depth that you desire. Sometimes your fellow travellers will get on your nerves. However, at the end of the journey, we *expect* that we'll have made good friends, great memories, and will have been enriched by the journey.

Facilitator Posts

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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.
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I really needed this google+ rss :) #change11
Nelson Gonçalves (aka nafergo), Nelson Gonçalves - Google+ Post Feed
I really needed this google+ rss :) # [Link] [Comment]

testing the tag to see if it works #change11
Nelson Gonçalves (aka nafergo), Nelson Gonçalves - Google+ Post Feed
testing the tag to see if it works # [Link] [Comment]

Ready for Change (yes we can?)
AK, Multilitteratus Incognitus
ChangeMOOC has started! Even though it's still an introductory week where people get to know each other (should I bother posting a "hello, my name is..." type of blog post?) it is the start of the MOOC for all intents and purposes.The one things that is really striking about this MOOC is the name...change what? is what I want to know. Granted if you look at the course schedule it's all about education. I guess the subheading for this MOOC is education, learning and technology, so I .... [Link] Tue, 13 Sep 2011 21:36:00 +0000 [Comment]

Where does a MOOC begin life?
AK, Multilitteratus Incognitus
Thanks to Rebecca and her "Does a MOOC need a Needs Analysis?" post I was reminded that I needed to subscribe to George Siemens' blog :-)  George has a recent post titled "Who are MOOCs for? Confused Personal Thoughts" in which he admits that previous MOOCs haven't been user needs driven, but rather driven by the facilitators themselves. His description reminded me a little of BarCamps or CoffeeCamps. It also sheds some lights as to why some MOOCs were better than .... [Link] Mon, 12 Sep 2011 23:00:00 +0000 [Comment]

I think it’s cool to be a twit…
Tara, Muise Media Musings
“Don’t be such a twit” or “she is such a twit”. That’s how I grew up using the word. A few years ago, though, when wading through the ‘newness’ of Twitter, a whole deluge of words popped up to describe the 140 characters or less you can use to sum up your life. …or should [...] [Link] Fri, 09 Sep 2011 18:00:58 +0000 [Comment]

A Northern Education…
Tara, Muise Media Musings
I’ve started blogs before…food blogs, personal blogs, family blogs, dog blogs…but, until I moved to northern Canada, I simply couldn’t keep them going. I suppose this could be a result of many things – the availability of movie theaters, restaurants, and parks just to name a few. Sure, I kept up-to-date with facebook and was [...] [Link] Mon, 07 Mar 2011 18:48:11 +0000 [Comment]

bookmarks for September 15th, 2011
morgan, Morgan's Log
The measure of blogging in academic publishing | Higher Education Network | Guardian Professional – – (#en3177 ) MoocGuide – 0. Home Intro to MOOC – – (mooc ple #change11 ) [Link] Thu, 15 Sep 2011 15:00:07 +0000 [Comment]

Change, Change, Change
Colin, Learning in the workplace
Today (this week) marks the start of the latest MOOC organised by George Siemens, Dave Cormier and Stephen Downes. This one is entitled ‘Change: Education, Learning and Technology‘ and brings together leading researchers to discuss their work in this domain. Allison Littlejohn is leading ‘Week 3: Collective Learning’, and we are now starting to think [...] [Link] Mon, 12 Sep 2011 11:00:50 +0000 [Comment]

#change11. Ready to share learnings and change in education & technology!
Luis Rafael Amario, Learning & SharingChange
I feel like I am just ready to be connected to the world and to share change as a result of being registered in the course Change: Education,Learning and Tecnology., MOOC s´experience (massive open online courses) which will be facilitated by George Siemens, Stephen Downes, and Dave Cormier and each week "by an innovative thinker, researcher, and scholar. Over 30 of them. From 11 different countries".In the welcome page of the aboved identified course, it is stated that:  "Being .... [Link] Mon, 12 Sep 2011 04:22:00 +0000 [Comment]

#change11.Now it´s time to start creating something of my own (My goals)
Luis Rafael Amario, Learning & SharingChange
As described by its designers and facilitators this MOOCs #change11: Change: Education, Learning, Technology is called a 'connectivist' course and is based on four major types of activity:the learning in the course results from the activities you undertake, and will be different for each person.this course is not conducted in a single place or environment.*It is distributed across the web.what you should do is PICK AND CHOOSE content that looks interesting to you and is appropriate .... [Link] Wed, 14 Sep 2011 17:33:00 +0000 [Comment]

#change11.Steven Johnson (2010). Where good ideas come from.
Luis Rafael Amario, Learning & SharingChange
People often credit their ideas to individual Eureka! moments. But Steven Johnson shows how history tells a different story. His fascinating tour takes us from the liquid networks of London's coffee houses to Charles Darwin's long, slow hunch to today's high-velocity web. To reinforce his ideas, watch this video now:Luis Rafael [Link] Wed, 14 Sep 2011 17:13:00 +0000 [Comment]

#change11. Success in a MOOC
Luis Rafael Amario, Learning & SharingChange
A description of the five steps that will help you succeed in a MOOC.Written and Narrated by Dave CormierTo keep in mind and.... go ahead!, Let´s go for [Link] Tue, 13 Sep 2011 18:27:00 +0000 [Comment]

Change MOOC starts Mon 12th Sept 2011....
jennymackness, Jenny Connected
..... with an orientation week. For those who don't know, a MOOC is a massive open online course. Details about this particular MOOC about  Change: Education, Learning and Technology can be found here and the weekly schedule can be found here: Change MOOC Schedule Stephen Downes has posted this presentation: How to Organize a [...] [Link] Sun, 11 Sep 2011 08:41:01 +0000 [Comment]

Definitions, diversity, emergent learning and responsibility in MOOCs
jennymackness, Jenny Connected
Despite being orientation week in ChangeMOOC  there have already been some interesting discussions. From these it is clear that MOOC is becoming a more familiar term. There are increasing numbers of MOOCs – (See Stephen Downes’ MOOC Guide) being offered. To date these 'courses' have mostly been about the effect of developing technologies on education [...] [Link] Fri, 16 Sep 2011 15:53:55 +0000 [Comment]

#change11 – Welcome to Change: Education, Learning, and Technology!
Volkmar Langer, HSW Learning-Blog
#change11: Next mooc – new challenges and new opportunities Some short facts Facilitators of this mooc (massive open online course) are G. Siemens, S. Downes and D. Cormier – reason enough to participate, not only because these three have had over 10.000 participants in the various courses they’ve run since 2008. The new change mooc [...] [Link] [Comment]

Change 2011
holdingthethread, holdingthethread
I’ve just started the Change 2011 MOOC. Looking forward to interacting with heaps of people and learning a lot! “There is a thread you follow. It goes among things that change. But it doesn’t change. People wonder about what things you are pursuing. You have to explain about the thread. But it is hard for [...] [Link] Fri, 16 Sep 2011 11:26:16 +0000 [Comment]

Hello Worlds. Colliding.
Giulia Forsythe,
So…I’m going to try and participate in two MOOCs this term. The #Change11 MOOC introduces “participants to the major contributions being made to the field of instructional technology by researchers today. Each week, a new professor or researcher will introduce … Continue reading → [Link] [Comment]

Learning with 'e's: digital literacy
edwebb, Edwebb's Favorite Links on change11 from Diigo
Tags: literacy literacies digital blog [Link] Mon Jan 24 15:03:33 +0000 2011 [Comment]

Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Badge « Ada Play
edwebb, Edwebb's Favorite Links on change11 from Diigo
Tags: education gamification opinion [Link] Fri Sep 16 03:18:26 +0000 2011 [Comment]

digital digs: Welcome to badge world
edwebb, Edwebb's Favorite Links on change11 from Diigo
Annotations: That's what this is about: making things count, commodifying life and passion in the context of a marketplace of education and expertise. However, it is painfully obvious how quickly that gets reversed, how quickly we shift from pursuing something because we are interested in it (and then retrospectively looking for a reward) to pursuing something strictly for the reward. I'.... [Link] Fri Sep 16 00:59:40 +0000 2011 [Comment]

Getting Started in Change2011
SL Seston, Educational Evolution: Educational Technology and Change 2011 at Georgia Tech
I am participating in the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) Change 2011 (#change11) through the Georgia Institute of Technology - it's free! I have signed up for more social media sites in one hour than I have in the last two years.  Twitter, Blogger, and Delicious - here I come! My postings will chronicle and share my reflections as I participate in the course. I hope to define goals and ideas related to how Alverno College (where I am an Assistant Professor of Biology), and I .... [Link] 2011-09-14T11:23:00.000-07:00 [Comment]

Starting my first MOOC experience
nando, EdGeek #change11
I have to confess I started off a few weeks back with some curiosity and not very much motivation. I found out about a new Massive Open Online Course called Change: Education, Learning, and Technology and thought it was worth checking out. I'd heard quite a bit about other MOOCs and well... it's my area, I have to understand the idea less superficially. I registered and got the introduction (orientation week) email today. I started watching the videos and getting excited. Some .... [Link] Mon, 12 Sep 2011 22:02:52 PDT [Comment]

#change11 or what is a MOOC?
Cathy, Cathy Anderson
Yesterday I started participating in a MOOC. What is a MOOC? It is a Massive Online Open Course. And what is that? A course, it's large, has course materials, a way to connect and collaborate in a networked . It is an event around which people who care about a topic can gather together and [...] No related posts. Related posts brought to you by Yet Another Related Posts [Link] Fri, 16 Sep 2011 02:53:34 +0000 [Comment]

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Hello Worlds. Colliding.
brainysmurf, 94 -, September 16, 2011.

Thanks for this, Giulia. DS106 is saving me from terminal boredom (pun intended) on a Friday afternoon. :) [Comment]

Orienting myself to the Change 11 MOOC
brainysmurf, 51 - Change11 |, September 16, 2011.

Great debate here. In my opinion, a mooc *may* involve collaboration, it *likely* involves cooperation, but it doesn't have to do either of these things. It doesn't *have* to do a strangely liberating and almost intoxicating way, a mooc is what we make it to be. For example, some participants may wildly disagree with one another. Others may lurk and not interact or contribute. These folks might not be actively cooperating or collaborating with anyone but they are part of the experience nonetheless. Now I am not sure if I should even use the word participant...moocs offer the individual a self-defined way of 'participating' and I find that so enjoyable and refreshing. Collaborate, cooperate, contribute, observe, reject, disagree, debate, observe, read's all possible and all welcomed [Comment]

The C stands for Conference #MOOC #change11
brainysmurf, 3 - A Point of Contact, September 16, 2011.

I like this reflection on moocs as conferences. Participants at in-person conferences over the past decade have often told me how much they enjoyed the networking aspects the most, including the lunches, breaks, open market or café styles of choosing speakers and so on. It was the opportunity for connecting and sharing - with a familiar face or a new contact - that they considered most valuable. The same holds true of my mooc experiences to date and my expectation for #change11. I am here to connect and to share. I also like your point about how "people can digest information longer, blending conference content into their daily routines and own occupations." I think that is what makes moocs so powerful: the ownership is on each of us to digest the info flow in our own unique ways and retain whatever vitamins and minerals we need to grow within our daily lives and [Comment]


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

Jim Stauffer, Re: COOLcast, Definitely worth an hour to watch (or listen). ....
Mariana Affronti Figari, In Spanish: ¿Qué estamos haciendo de diferente en CHANGE11? English: @gsiemens: What are we doing differently in #change11:, Muchas son las reflexiones que surgen a partir ....
Luis Rafael Amario O., Re: Change11Es Facebook Group, Excelente iniciativa esta de tener un espacio de ....
Eclectic Teacher NZ, Re: How to Participate in the MOOC, Step 1 - signed up Step 2 - participating Step 3 -....
brainysmurf, Re: Change11 Facebook Group, Thanks, Lars, will check this out from home. It ....
Luis Rafael Amario O., Re: Change11 Facebook Group, Thanks a lot Lars, As Sherry says, I will ....
Sherry Seston, Re: Change11 Facebook Group, I look forward to connecting to others and ....
lrenshaw, Re: How to Participate in the MOOC, It's my 3rd go at being in a MOOC. Must say ....
lrenshaw, Re: Change11 Facebook Group, Great idea, let's see where it takes us!
Mariana Affronti Figari, Re: How to Participate in the MOOC, ....
Eva Dobozy, Re: MOOCing, MOOCing – what a term! I rather like it. ....
Johnnymystic19, Re: Change11 Facebook Group, Great
Stephen Downes, Re: How to Participate in the MOOC, Hiya Andrew - I've checked, you're ....
Brian J. Arnold, Re: Change11 Facebook Group, Thanks, Lars! Looking forward to using the ....
Andrew Buntine, Re: How to Participate in the MOOC, Hi Stephen et al - I have not yet received any ....
Stephen Downes, Re: How to Participate in the MOOC, Definitely - Spanish activities would be
Mariana Affronti Figari, Re: How to Participate in the MOOC, Thanks, Stephen. To participate, my blog is http:/....