September 2014

Connected Courses is a collaborative community of faculty in higher education

developing networked, open courses that embody the principles of connected learning and the values of the open web.

Pre-Course: Move-In, Orientation, Registration Why We Need a Why Trust and Network Fluency The Web: Concept, Platform, Culture(s) Diversity, Equity, Access About Co-Learning Putting it into Practice

Starting with the WHY: #ccourses Unit 1

The first activity for #ccourses is looking at the why of why we teach. As Mike Wesch says on the #ccourses site:We usually start by addressing the “What” question first. We have a course title or subject area and we begin populating our syllabus with the “whats” to be learned. Or, we peruse textbooks looking for the text that we think best covers the…

At your service #ccourses

Dogtrax posted a photo:

Rigor May Not Be The Right Word…..

Laura from OU Digital Tools responded to the previous post, and I responded to her, as well as adjusted my comment settings. (Thanks, Laura!)   In particular she noted the use of the term, rigor. Laura quoted the dictionary which had some intere…

The Why

So, the big question that we are discussing in the Connected Course, that I am participating in, is the Why of teaching and the Why of your course.  This is a bit of a complicated question on many fronts. First, why do I teach? I am not 100% sure why I teach. It is something […]

Board the Starship #ccourses

Dogtrax posted a photo:

karenatsharon: Looks like six hours!

@dogtrax Looks like six hours! #ccourses #tvsz

MiffyF02: Interesting read: “Why I teach – Unit 1″ talking about being a T-L

Interesting read: “Why I teach #ccourses – Unit 1″ @taniatorikova talking about being a T-L #austl #vicpln http://feedly.com/e/4vS9Ta8H 

pumpedlibrarian: I’m just so glad to have the opp to connect w teachers like you & H.E. faculty where we can work together for students

@dogtrax I’m just so glad to have the opp to connect w teachers like you & H.E. faculty where we can work together for students #ccourses

dogtrax: Agree. You all have a tough job that makes a huge difference in the world.

@pumpedlibrarian Agree. You all have a tough job that makes a huge difference in the world. #ccourses

pumpedlibrarian: thanks! my hope is for students to realize there’s something for everyone in the library

@dogtrax thanks! my hope is for students to realize there’s something for everyone in the library #ccourses

dogtrax: Is this another ? But just one day? Dang. Not sure if I can join in …. will try. Please confirm! :)

@karenatsharon Is this another #TvsZ? But just one day? Dang. Not sure if I can join in …. will try. Please confirm! :) #ccourses

dogtrax: Love your idea of “access to knowledge/info … that affects their lives on a personal level..”

@pumpedlibrarian Love your #whyiteach idea of “access to knowledge/info … that affects their lives on a personal level..” #ccourses

dogtrax: Teaching students how to “apply concepts to solve unseen … problems” is a key concept. Great post.

@S_J_Lancaster Teaching students how to “apply concepts to solve unseen … problems” is a key concept. Great #whyiteach post. #ccourses

pumpedlibrarian: Starting with the WHY: Unit 1

Starting with the WHY: #ccourses Unit 1 http://pumpedlibrarian.blogspot.com/2014/09/starting-with-why-ccourses-unit-1.html?spref=tw …

Rigor: scrupulous or inflexible accuracy or adherence

I saw a blog post in the #ccourses feed about rigor and wanted to comment; DOH – I did not even notice that the blog was restricted to “team members” before I had typed out my comment. So…. here is the comment I was going to leave. This is a top…

dogtrax: well … I hope Miriam doesn’t mind a comic

@mdvfunes @cogdog well … I hope Miriam doesn’t mind a #ccourses comic pic.twitter.com/GSfYdID8Hv

S_J_Lancaster: I’m trying to do , it has the feeling of being as epic as

@chrissinerantzi @andrewmid I’m trying to do #ccourses, it has the feeling of being as epic as #rhizo14

chrissinerantzi: hi Simon, found it via at the p2pu site & looked useful. Are you doing the ?

@S_J_Lancaster @andrewmid hi Simon, found it via #openresearch at the p2pu site & looked useful. Are you doing the #ccourses ?

S_J_Lancaster: isn’t that a ?

@chrissinerantzi @andrewmid isn’t that a #ccourses ?

shellifowler: RT : Students as Creators…more than just consumers InformED

RT @dogtrax: Students as Creators…more than just consumers http://ln.is/opencolleges.edu.au/cyj3Q … InformED #ccourses #vtccourses #gedivt

mrkrndvs: “The answers to the best questions are often new questions”

“The answers to the best questions are often new questions” @mwesch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_mcTLlG_wg&index=3&list=PL0ELr5eRiluyRBY_HxNRdzeQl0j7H1S6O … #ccourses #inquiry

JaimieLHoffman: Just got sucked into exploring themes in WordPress.

Just got sucked into exploring themes in WordPress. #Theregoestwohours #ccourses

Feedback on a text via screencasting?

http://videoforall.eu/example_01_feedback_essay/ is the first example illustrating the Video For All project, part of the European Commission’s Lifelong Learning program. It explains how screen capture software can be used to provide feedback on a text via screencasting. The embedded illustrating video … Continue reading →

TheCLAlliance: Excellent reflection on yesterday’s chat w/ – by

Excellent reflection on yesterday’s #CCourses chat w/ @mizuko – http://bit.ly/1ra6big  by @paulsignorelli #oclmooc

Why I Teach

I teach because only 50 % of students who started college in 2007 had completed their degree by May of 2014. If I am not here to teach these young people, and if I do not make a commitment to the idea that teaching is an important profession because learning is an even more important […]

Setting Goals and Finding Purpose

I found another thought-provoking post in my feed today. This one is at one of my favorite sites, Edutopia, and it’s called Helping Students Find Purpose and Appreciation for School by Maurice Elias.  In it he discusses the need for teachers and students to/for: Recharge Appreciation Ownership Purpose. Recharge – kindergarten children need plenty of […]

dogtrax: All aboard the Spaceship . Who knows where this sucker will end up.

All aboard the Spaceship #Ccourses. Who knows where this sucker will end up. pic.twitter.com/EfY962BJBa

“He who has a why to live can bear almost any how”

“He who has a why to live can bear almost any how” – Friedrich Nietzche via @mwesch

karenatsharon: RT

RT @allistelling @JRDingwall @Bali_Maha @Profrehn @guerrilartivist @clhendricksbc @karenatsharon @mdvfunes #ccourses https://docs.google.com/document/d/1A_CWE4mxOQLZtYMPxqlze6wZ2e5B10MMAZ-pyZA4jiA/edit …

Academically Adrift – More of the Why of Connected Learning

Why we teach?  Why our courses?  Why higher education?Josipa says it, “Academic rigor pays off.”  And, Richard talks about the importance of having well-structured group work and study sessions, not just ‘sending ‘em off to do group work…

Why Pundits Like to Say Education Isn’t Changing. It is. It is!

Contrary to all those books and op eds decrying the dismal intransigence of higher education and college professors in general, I am finishing an essay (this is an excerpt) and writing a new book on the future of higher education (to be published about…

I learn, therefore I teach

In thinking about the ‘why’ of my teaching, I’ve realised the main reason is because I want to learn. My enjoyment of learning has meant that for years and years I was a perpetual student, always doing some course or another until finally during my postgraduate history studies I began teaching undergraduates.  Some years later I went back to being a student again – this…

jmc3ualberta: the “bitcoin” of education reform is peer-to-peer connected learning

@CathyNDavidson the “bitcoin” of education reform is peer-to-peer connected learning http://bit.ly/1ykn3JE  #ccourses #oclmooc

dmlresearchhub: Missed yesterday’s webinar w & the authors of Academically Adrift? Watch it here

Missed yesterday’s #ccourses webinar w @mizuko & the authors of Academically Adrift? Watch it here http://bit.ly/1qZewoO 

xplanarob: Connected Courses MOOC () and : Connections (and Learning) Everywhere | Building Creative Bridges

Connected Courses MOOC (#ccourses) and #oclmooc: Connections (and Learning) Everywhere | Building Creative Bridges http://bit.ly/1pn4tG5 

sensor63: Awe perspective

Awe perspective #ccourses http://youtu.be/rENyyRwxpHo 

rljessen: starts next week, get ready to connect:

#oclmooc starts next week, get ready to connect: http://oclmooc.wordpress.com/2014/09/20/get-ready-to-connect … #abed #ccourses #CE14 #cdnedchat

GoogleGuacamole: “Rigor should be thought about as being able to move kids ahead – to demonstrate growth, NOT just a line in the sand.”

“Rigor should be thought about as being able to move kids ahead – to demonstrate growth, NOT just a line in the sand.” #ccourses

Right to the Quiet #ccourses

Dogtrax posted a photo:

GoogleGuacamole: “When the social is aligned with interests,learning,problem solving,& civic interests, it is an accelerator to learning.”

“When the social is aligned with interests,learning,problem solving,& civic interests, it is an accelerator to learning.” @mizuko #ccourses

GoogleGuacamole: are you involved in ?

@jvrbntz are you involved in #ccourses?

GoogleGuacamole: “We never make critical thinking explicit in our teaching;be clear to students about dispositions we want them to adopt.” JRoska,

“We never make critical thinking explicit in our teaching;be clear to students about dispositions we want them to adopt.” JRoska, #ccourses

GoogleGuacamole: “student study interactions need to be structured”

“student study interactions need to be structured” @rparum #ccourses

hsiao_yun: RT : Mia Zamora: Helping Other Educators Experience Connected Learning | Connected Learning

#edsg RT @drjaxon: Mia Zamora: Helping Other Educators Experience Connected Learning | Connected Learning http://ln.is/connectedlearning.tv/rY2Ki … #ccourses

sensor63: THIS IS WATER via This water

THIS IS WATER http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKYJVV7HuZw&sns=tw … via This water #ccourses

GoogleGuacamole: on blogside chat from yesterday – you can check it out too!

#catchingup on #ccourses blogside chat from yesterday – you can check it out too! http://youtu.be/gr2M7oXJ32o 

nickkearney: …

@mdvfunes @sensor63 @Bali_Maha #ccourses …

TheCLAlliance: RT What to do with captive student guests? Discuss

RT @connectinfolit What to do with captive student guests? Discuss #ConnectedLearning http://connectinfolit.wordpress.com/2014/09/20/connect-captive-students … #CCourses

drjaxon: Mia Zamora: Helping Other Educators Experience Connected Learning | Connected Learning

Mia Zamora: Helping Other Educators Experience Connected Learning | Connected Learning http://ln.is/connectedlearning.tv/rY2Ki … #ccourses

mdvfunes: thanks for this great post. <wise words

@cogdog thanks for this great post. http://miriamposner.com/blog/here-and-there-creating-dh-community/ … <wise words #ccourses

MiaZamoraPhD: Mia Zamora: Helping Other Educators Experience

Mia Zamora: Helping Other Educators Experience #ConnectedLearning http://connectedlearning.tv/personal-stories/mia-zamora-helping-other-educators-experience-connected-learning … #ccourses #clmooc #nwp @keanuniversity #hastac

sensor63: Stillness in frenesy.

Stillness in frenesy. @hrheingold #ccourses

OnlineCrsLady: Loving the story from Helping Other Educators Experience Connected Learning + Mark’s video!

Loving the story from @MiaZamoraPhD http://connectedlearning.tv/personal-stories/mia-zamora-helping-other-educators-experience-connected-learning … Helping Other Educators Experience Connected Learning + Mark’s video! #ccourses

OnlineCrsLady: very much a personality thing! I posted about this topic this week too. it’s been good discourse!

@mdvfunes very much a personality thing! I posted about this topic this week too. it’s been good #ccourses discourse! http://oudigitools.blogspot.com/2014/09/i-need-my-windows-no-not-microsoft-kind.html …

Making Fun of Flipping Out

There was no real reason for this comic — no one in Connected Courses is talking about Flipping the Classroom, as far as I can tell — but I had this thought as I was reading through the tweets and blog posts of some eager young professor somewhere going overboard with the idea of transforming […]

mdvfunes: “For me, community happens when people are genuinely invested in seeing each other succeed.” via

#ccourses “For me, community happens when people are genuinely invested in seeing each other succeed.” http://miriamposner.com/blog/here-and-there-creating-dh-community/ … via @cogdog

mdvfunes: I guess my experience in ‘public’ G+ has not been as positive as yours. Whereas here on TW it has. Go figure.

@OnlineCrsLady I guess my experience in ‘public’ G+ has not been as positive as yours. Whereas here on TW it has. Go figure. #ccourses

mdvfunes: this is very true and annoying I imagine for those who want to post public. I see that for sure

@OnlineCrsLady this is very true and annoying I imagine for those who want to post public. I see that for sure #ccourses

mdvfunes: really cool with that. I seek learning with like minded people not maximum exposure. :)

@OnlineCrsLady really cool with that. I seek learning with like minded people not maximum exposure. :) #ccourses

mdvfunes: That should have read: prefer moderation to do that when I learn :) block/mute people makes me feel unsafe.

@OnlineCrsLady That should have read: prefer moderation to do that when I learn :) block/mute people makes me feel unsafe. #ccourses

mdvfunes: Exactly. We like different things and that the web caters for different preferences :)

@OnlineCrsLady Exactly. We like different things and that the web caters for different preferences :) #ccourses

infoliterati: Why Pundits Like to Say Education Isn’t Changing. It is. It is! /HASTAC Great post from

Why Pundits Like to Say Education Isn’t Changing. It is. It is! /HASTAC Great post from @cathyndavidson #ccourses http://bit.ly/1p5V9ay 

sensor63: Icon remix

Icon remix #ccourses #dresscode pic.twitter.com/jB8uVKZta6

sensor63: be still.

@mdvfunes @dogtrax be still. #ccourses pic.twitter.com/73AQWc6YNP

Bali_Maha: RT : Kids love teachers that love what they are doing!

RT @lowenESST: Kids love teachers that love what they are doing! #edcamptoronto #scdsb #ccourses #rhizo14 #clmooc

sensor63: Exactly.

@EatcherVeggies @dogtrax @telliowkuwp @Bali_Maha Exactly. #ccourses #dresscode pic.twitter.com/hUli87vkP1

christine_quong: Join on Remind app to receive reminders of oclmooc events & activities.

Join #oclmooc on Remind app to receive reminders of oclmooc events & activities. #abed #ce14 #ccourses https://www.remind.com/join/oclmooc?utm_medium=ios …

mizuko: submitted to Knight challenge w for maker librarian , Would love comments support critique

submitted to Knight challenge w @tara for maker librarian #ccourses, Would love comments support critique https://www.newschallenge.org/challenge/libraries/submissions/steam-powered-librarians …

sensor63: Robots don’t get exhausted

@EatcherVeggies @telliowkuwp @dogtrax @Bali_Maha @heloukee Robots don’t get exhausted #ccourses pic.twitter.com/2f3UAQA6ap

EatcherVeggies: I wonder if that poor site will be exhausted from trying to compile Tweets

@sensor63 @telliowkuwp @dogtrax @Bali_Maha @heloukee I wonder if that poor #ccourses site will be exhausted from trying to compile Tweets

sensor63: “: silly is mandatory in my world”

“@EatcherVeggies: @sensor63 @telliowkuwp @dogtrax @Bali_Maha @heloukee silly is mandatory in my world” #ccourses

connectinfolit: thank you. The nicest birthday is with the future of China, like

@MiaZamoraPhD @KeanUniversity @Bali_Maha thank you. The nicest birthday is with the future of China, like @HarryLuo1213 #ccourses #clmooc

telliowkuwp: RT : Anyone else stressed when they have a blogpost waiting/dying 2 b written&no time 2 write it? Amen.

RT @Bali_Maha: Anyone else stressed when they have a blogpost waiting/dying 2 b written&no time 2 write it? #ccourses #clmooc #rhizo14 Amen.

sensor63: via

@telliowkuwp @EatcherVeggies @dogtrax @Bali_Maha http://youtu.be/Iu7vySQbgXI  #ccourses via @heloukee

telliowkuwp: RT : U have t/ right to remain silent Silencer

RT @telliowkuwp: U have t/ right to remain silent #ccourses @dogtrax @sensor63 @EatcherVeggies Silencer https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/silencer/liddmepmaofgllnbdbepbcgfgclcelno?utm_source=chrome-ntp-icon … @Bali_Maha

telliowkuwp: You have the right to remain silent Silencer – Chrome Web Store

You have the right to remain silent #ccourses @dogtrax @sensor63 @EatcherVeggies Silencer – Chrome Web Store https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/silencer/liddmepmaofgllnbdbepbcgfgclcelno?utm_source=chrome-ntp-icon …

telliowkuwp: RT : classmates&I on a Saturday DONOT MAKE ME BE THE SHEEP!

RT @EatcherVeggies: #ccourses classmates&I on a Saturday @dogtrax @Bali_Maha @sensor63 pic.twitter.com/jCO4O4lHsM DONOT MAKE ME BE THE SHEEP!

mdvfunes: Such a great way to name some of the dynamics that can get in the way of new people learning in hashtag classrooms :) +1U

@dogtrax Such a great way to name some of the dynamics that can get in the way of new people learning in hashtag classrooms :) #ccourses +1U

sensor63: “: My classmates and I on a Saturday ”

“@EatcherVeggies: My #ccourses classmates and I on a Saturday @telliowkuwp @dogtrax @Bali_Maha @sensor63 pic.twitter.com/S9HfgEhSRo” #dresscode

EatcherVeggies: My classmates and I on a Saturday

My #ccourses classmates and I on a Saturday @telliowkuwp @dogtrax @Bali_Maha @sensor63 pic.twitter.com/Fgi0h02g1f