Monday, February 4, 2013

Come learn with me (and a couple hundred other people)

Earlier this week I became aware of a unique learning opportunity.  It's a MOOC - Massive Open Online Course - taught by Mitch Resnick of the MIT Media Lab.  It's called Learning Creative Learning and the full description, schedule, and sign up can be found here.  Here is Mitch Resnick's video about the course:

MOOCs are slowly gaining popularity around the education circuits as a way to "crowdsource" teaching and learning.  This one looks good - the topic, the panelist line up, and the experience.  I think taking an online course is an important experience to have as we look to the future.  I think our students will be taking online courses sometime during their school years - high school and college.  I think we need to not only prepare them for it but also have an understanding for how the teaching and learning online is different.  It is also possible that some of us will be teaching online courses in the future and, as we all know, it is hard to teach something that you have had no experience with.

So, check it out, see what you think.  If you think you have some time, sign up.  There's nothing to lose, just lots to gain!

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