Open Learning 2018: a cMOOC

Have you heard about this cMOOC on Open Learning?  I have only just learned that the c is about connection and community, and c courses are free-form in nature.  They have no formal structure or assignments as other MOOCs have.

Beyond that I am still wrapping my head around what a cMOOC is and whether I am up for the challenge.  Stephen Downes in his blog post, Becoming MOOC, lays it out very eloquently.  I appreciate his explanation of the types of literacies that appropriate for a cMOOC: 21st century literacies and digital literacies through references to the Framework for 21st Century Learning put out by The Partnership for 21st Century Skills and the Mozilla Foundation’s Web Literacy Map.  Sadly, my explanation of his post would pale in comparison to what Stephen has written.  I guess I have not yet become MOOC.  Please take the time to read his post.

What I can say is that, unless you have the skills associated with these literacies, your chances of being successful in a cMOOC are probably slim.  So, when considering whether to ‘enroll’ in a cMOOC you need to ask yourself if you have these skills:

  • collaboration
  • creativity
  • communication
  • critical thinking
  • workplace skills
  • information media skills
  • traditional core types of literacy and numeracy
  • exploring (within the “chaotic environment”)
  • building (aka content creation like authoring and art)
  • connecting (it is primarily about being social)

Or, do you feel that you can develop these skills well enough and quickly enough through the course of the cMOOC to be an effective contributor?  Do you have, as Downes quotes K. Brennan, ‘self-efficacy’ to achieve success in the cMOOC?  A tough question, I know.  My answer is, ‘I hope so.’

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Blog revival?

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Hello!  I am here this morning blowing the cobwebs off this blog.  Yes, it has been a long time.  The thing is, I really wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with this site and, honestly, I still don’t really.  So, it will remain a huge work in progress (WIP).  I am here because feel the need to provide a space to share my thoughts about libraries, librarianship, the future of libraries (including those who share similar values to library profession) and provide a venue for others to come and share as well (yes, guest posts will happen).

I started working in libraries about 12 years ago, graduated from Simmons College in 2006, and my mind is blown by the amount of changes that have occurred since then.  This site will be a venue for thinking about, talking about, and sharing ideas about where the library profession has been, where it is, and where it might be/is going.  I believe the only thing that is certain right now is that change is a constant.  And depending on what kind of change we are facing today it has a pretty big impact on a lot of us.

So like I stated before, this blog will be a place that remain in constant development.  Its ‘shape’ will form over time with what is shared, discussed, questioned, rehashed, etc.  I have a lot of ideas, questions, and concerns about libraries, but I don’t assume I have the answers.  Maybe they will be figured out here, but me or by others.

If you are interested, you are more than welcome to come by or stick around, just listen or join in the conversations.  We have a lot to talk about and many brilliant librarians with many brilliant ideas to share.

[And for now, I will leave my old posts up as a reflection of the evolutionary nature of this site.]

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