MOOC Networking

Upon registering for Creativity and Multicultural Communication independent study course, I had just a snippet of information of what to expect in this non-linear way of study. The mere concept of partaking in a MOOC environment seemed quite daunting to say the least. In order to jumpstart in this endeavor, reading the course materials, getting acquainted with the logistics of independent learning, and more importantly the technical challenges faced in order to get involved in platforms such as Google + Hangout turned out extremely cumbersome. However, the desire to succeed and create a meaningful learning experience depends on connectivity and online collaboration ─ my heartfelt apologies for the technical difficulties and not being able to take the plunge sooner.

While perusing and reading some of the articles at CMC11, it occurred to me that special emphasis is required for a successful MOOC networking experience. Have you ever heard of that phrase stick to what you know? Well, self-knowledge enhances the learning experience in an open online community. It is important to think about how online collaboration and communication plays a role in your life or how mass communication you encounter affect the people that you know.

Suffice it to say, the consensus agrees that mass communication surrounds us in every aspect of one’s daily life. Recently, I posted an infographic design of the history of the internet on Facebook. The importance of learning the history of mass media affords us a better understanding and how this positive change can help us now and in the future. Today, people need to spend some time in social interactions in addition to work, school, and running a household. Time is the essence of including and scheduling our daily routine in order to fulfill the leisure and entertainment aspects of one’s life, which promotes a creative and multicultural approach through online collaboration.

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An Insight to the Power of the Imaginative Mind

Sir Ken Robinson on the Power of the Imaginative Mind – Part One, discusses the analysis of creativity, the power of the imaginative mind, and linear study in the early developmental stages of children. He talks about the 21st century and how new technology has us engaged globally revolutionizing the way we teach with no historical precedents. I agree with his viewpoint, “not to reform, but to transform it”, based on how we process children through a grade system according to age otherwise known as the linear model.

Let’s take the linear study as example of the systematic approach to learning in America. Where does it state that everyone must follow this educational process? Is it actually helping or is it a hindrance for our kids? Upon viewing the video, I had no idea about the studies performed on children at such an early stage which determined intelligence before reaching kindergarten. Truth be told, the statistical data which demonstrated the decline in creativity/intelligence overwhelmed me.

Research and testing demonstrates the steady decline in children’s intellectual imagination and creativity based on each grading system – first through eighth grade and so forth. The question that lingers show how the educational model stifle children’s progression in my opinion. Evidently, we must act now to create a supporting environment and provide further research to meet the needs of children in early education through adulthood.

Moreover, the scale tips towards an uneven divide with regard to education and the economy. According to Sir Ken Robinson, 9 billion dollars spent on State prison system in comparison to the 3.5 billion dollars for State Universities reveals that the resources available requires extensive evaluation to meet the needs of education as opposed to other areas that do not need plenty of funds. Evaluating each program to apply the funds appropriately would make a difference where it counts.

In the end, we must change the face of the educational system to stimulate the imagination and create an environment conducive to enhancing creativity by sharing ideas and collaborating with others. Hence, teaching children how to dip into their imagination and nurturing them to become smart independent thinkers ensures a new beginning.