Roland Legrand

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MOOCs and their differences
rolandlegrand, MixedRealities, Apr 25, 2012
I started the Computer Sciences 101 course taught by professor Nick Parlante (Stanford University) as a massive open online course (MOOC) on the Coursera platform. Nick says there are not enough people on this planet with computer skills, so he hopes that this introductory course will incite some of us ... Continue reading → Wed, 25 Apr 2012 20:30:07 +0000 [Comment]

‘This is my cybernetic organism: the Internet’
rolandlegrand, MixedRealities, Apr 20, 2012
I just finished reading William Gibson’s Distrust that Particular Flavor. Gibson is the man who gave us the notion of ‘cyberspace’ in his 1982 story “Burning Chrome” and popularized by his 1984 novel Neuromancer. Here is his formulation of “cyberspace” in Neuromancer: Cyberspace. A consensual hallucination experienced daily by billions of legitimate ... Continue reading → Fri, 20 Apr 2012 13:12:06 +0000 [Comment]

Virtual Worlds, Games and Education (another MOOC!)
rolandlegrand, MixedRealities, Apr 07, 2012
There is a true explosion going on in open online learning. I don’t know whether it’s always “massive” as in Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), but anyway, there is a lot happening out there. I don’t have statistics about how many projects there are, nor about the total number of ... Continue reading → Sat, 07 Apr 2012 21:53:10 +0000 [Comment]

Three observations about perseverance in online learning
rolandlegrand, MixedRealities, Mar 25, 2012
The blog has been idle for about two weeks now – because of family emergencies, the launching of a liveblog and a column at my newspaper. Which allows me to reflect on the issue of loyalty toward online projects and communities. - Gameification does not really work for me. I ... Continue reading → Sun, 25 Mar 2012 13:47:47 +0000 [Comment]

So, the core question is around engagement
rolandlegrand, MixedRealities, Mar 07, 2012
These days I’m working on my contribution for Howard Rheingold’s Peeragogy project. I’m working on “connected learning”, much inspired by the Massive Open Online Courses organized by Stephen Downes en George Siemens. I’ll add some stuff I learned by organizing daily chat sessions and (live)blogs for my newspaper (I wrote ... Continue reading → Wed, 07 Mar 2012 22:43:09 +0000 [Comment]

Daily State of Disruption: Rewired Brains and Complexity
rolandlegrand, MixedRealities, Mar 05, 2012
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Becoming Net Smart with Howard Rheingold
rolandlegrand, MixedRealities, Feb 28, 2012
I just bought the Kindle edition of Net Smart, Howard Rheingold‘s new book, published by the MIT Press. I participated in various of Howard’s courses: one about literacies of cooperation, another one about mind-amplifying tools, and now I’m involved in a collaborative project facilitated by Howard aimed at creating a peeragogy handbook.  Peeragogy is like peer… Tue, 28 Feb 2012 23:03:58 +0000 [Comment]

A knowmad’s thoughts about Thanksgiving
rolandlegrand, MixedRealities, Nov 23, 2011
Welcome to another episode in which I post about my strange journey through the Wonderland of online courses. Last week I had a most wonderful session of the Digital Awakening course in Second Life: we discussed professor Sherry Turkle’s fascinating text Video Games and Computer Holding Power, and we also had Howard Rheingold (from the Toward Wed, 23 Nov 2011 20:14:12 +0000 [Comment]

What Aristotle teaches us about our being cyborgs
rolandlegrand, MixedRealities, Nov 12, 2011
Applying Aristotle on interactions between humans and computers: it can be done. Just read Brenda Laurel about The Six Elements and the Causal Relations between them (in the New Media Reader, MIT, links and documents here) as we did in the Digital Awakening course. Aristotle talks about drama as an organic whole. He distinguishes six qualitative Sat, 12 Nov 2011 22:41:57 +0000 [Comment]

One course ends, but the cooperation is just beginning
rolandlegrand, MixedRealities, Nov 08, 2011
Imagine you explore in group wild and exotic lands. After six weeks the journey is over, and it’s time to say goodbye. Often that is a sad experience – just sharing the same experiences creates a bond between people, and when they leave, one feels a void. This was what I felt after six weeks Tue, 08 Nov 2011 22:07:28 +0000 [Comment]

Do the G20-leaders have a wiki and other questions
rolandlegrand, MixedRealities, Nov 06, 2011
I had some busy days covering the European debt crisis for my newspaper De Tijd and trying to keep up work for my online courses. I had to focus on the Toward a literacy of Cooperation course, facilitated by Howard Rheingold, as the course itself is now in its last days and we, the students, Sun, 06 Nov 2011 23:47:51 +0000 [Comment]

“Yes, they are digital natives, but not tech-savvy”
rolandlegrand, MixedRealities, Oct 23, 2011
I’ve been thinking about the term “digital natives”. In the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) #Change11 Tony Bates facilitated a week about “Transforming teaching and learning through technology management“. In a blogpost about this subject Squire Morley says: So one of the questions Tony asks of us is whether universities can change from within or Sun, 23 Oct 2011 22:11:41 +0000 [Comment]

Are we building a new grand narrative, or are grand narratives things of the past?
rolandlegrand, MixedRealities, Oct 16, 2011
At our latest live session of Howard Rheingold’s course Introduction to Cooperation Theory we discussed about narratives in the US and Europe about competition and cooperation. A European participant suggested that the narrative in the US is about competition, while in Europe cooperation is a more common theme. The American Howard Rheingold expressed doubts about Sun, 16 Oct 2011 22:50:37 +0000 [Comment]

‘Who watches tv anymore anyway among young people? Nobody’
rolandlegrand, MixedRealities, Oct 13, 2011
I had no idea professor Sachs could be so angry and passionate (a big believer in social media, also saying “who watches tv anymore anyway among young people? nobody”) – I don’t know whether he’s right about this tv-thing, but his rant is impressive: Thu, 13 Oct 2011 22:28:27 +0000 [Comment]

Connecting the dots between digital awakening, massive online learning and cooperation literacies
rolandlegrand, MixedRealities, Oct 12, 2011
I should have done this earlier on already, but here it is (or rather, it’s developing): a mindmap about my online learning experiment. I try to connect the dots between the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) Change11 (facilitated by Dave Cormier, George Siemens, Stephen Downes) , the Digital Awakening (Gardner Campbell)  and Introduction to Cooperation Wed, 12 Oct 2011 11:54:13 +0000 [Comment]

Should we apply Ostrom’s design principles to online learning communities?
rolandlegrand, MixedRealities, Oct 06, 2011
Getting ready for a second session of Howard Rheingold’s course Toward a Literacy of Cooperation. Today we’ll study Elinor Ostrom, the American political economist who was awarded the 2009 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences. As is explained on The Cooperation Commons, Ostrom found that groups that are able to organize and govern their behavior Fri, 07 Oct 2011 01:30:53 +0000 [Comment]

Is abundance a myth? The Original Affluent Society and Social Media
rolandlegrand, MixedRealities, Oct 02, 2011
I stumbled upon the theme of “abundance” in the Toward a Literacy of Cooperation course (#cooplit) and the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) #Change11 (see previous posts on this blog about both courses) – and I have some issues with the underlying idea that our advanced societies and technology fundamentally alter the situation of humankind Sun, 02 Oct 2011 22:48:58 +0000 [Comment]

How real-time collaborative mindmapping ended up being mind-amplifying
rolandlegrand, MixedRealities, Sept 30, 2011
Should we give up things in courses because we need time to teach new media? It was a question on Twitter, in the #nmfs_f11 stream of the Digital Awakening course. I think we don’t need to give up anything at all. It just boils down to doing what you already did, but on public platforms. Fri, 30 Sep 2011 22:49:47 +0000 [Comment]

The quest for openness (and financing) by academics and media
rolandlegrand, MixedRealities, Sept 27, 2011
At the Journalism Masterclass IHECS in Eghezée (Belgium) I talked about a social media production flow for the newsroom. It boils down to publishing, as it happens, the “making of” an article, a video, an audio document or an infographic . So journalists do what they usually do: asking for ideas, planning interviews, hunting and Tue, 27 Sep 2011 21:43:35 +0000 [Comment]

Comparing online courses: Change11, NMFS_F11 and Toward A Literacy of Cooperation
rolandlegrand, MixedRealities, Sept 26, 2011
Tomorrow I’ll give a presentation at a journalism masterclass in Belgium, MasterClass IHECS 2011 – with Open Newsroom – at Eghezée (or just #MC11). The class is facilitated by Damien Van Achter. These last few months I’ve been thinking about a social media production flow for bloggers and journalists, updating regularly my presentation Conversation tools Mon, 26 Sep 2011 15:42:20 +0000 [Comment]

Lessons in new media: don’t forget the old, simple stuff
rolandlegrand, MixedRealities, Sept 22, 2011
Interesting experience at the Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) #change11 during this week’s live session. One of the main lessons: do not underestimate simple tools. First, the presentation by professor Zoraini's project of implementing mobile technology in Open University Malaysia. It demonstrated how using good old sms helped motivating and guiding the students. On Not Thu, 22 Sep 2011 21:41:19 +0000 [Comment]

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