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.


4 thoughts on “MOOC Networking

  1. Like your posting and the reality of being intentional about allocating time to different aspects of your life. For some reason creativity has come to be seen as non-purposeful and unrestricted when in fact it can emerge from close observation and concentration much more reliably. Being intent is a form of presence or mindfulness that allows things that are different to be studied rather than rejected for their unfamiliarity.

    There’s a lot to be said about listening as an aid to creativity and I wonder if sticking to what you know as you say can be tuned a bit to what you don’t know? Sometimes things that don’t fit comfortably force a person to expand into areas they hadn’t thought existed. Part of what kills creativity is the idea that everything has an answer–nothing left to look for. School unintentionally does this by asking kids questions that have known answers. This way instead of “confusing” children with unknowns or things that can’t be taught them, things become predictable. There’s a sort of logic to this but it also robs kids of the ability to be creators of both questions and answers–in a sense to mistrust the wholeness of who they are.

    I should introduce myself…yes. I’m Scott Johnson and a former student in this course who dropped out but never went completely away. There are some very cool postings and conversations here and the place is irresistible. For qualifications I was actually a student at the California College of Arts and Crafts for a couple of semesters in 1970’ish.

  2. ever heard of that phrase stick to what you know?
    That can be either good or bad advice in learning in a MOOC. I think it’s good advice to stick to talking about what you know, not to pretend expertise about matters beyond your experience. Ask questions about the things you’re not sure about. However, “stick to what you know” does not work when it comes to the technical tools that you need to communicate in a MOOC. I had to be willing to go beyond what I already knew. I had to be willing to experiment. I had to be willing to fail and ask for help. Only if we’re willing and able to push beyond our comfort zone will we have the kinds of experiences that we need for networking in a MOOC.

    • For the sake of clarity, the statement stick to what you know only applies to the beginning stages of MOOC networking in my opinion. I am in agreement with you, “not to pretend expertise about matters beyond your experience”. In addition, the blog posting meant to take the plunge in whatever makes you comfortable at first, and then proceed to unfamiliar grounds. The objective here is to have social interaction to gain experience within this networking environment. I speak for myself, and from the course readings posted at CMC11 which suggests stick to what you know. Moreover, the technical issues are beyond our control and this statement is not applicable. For example, last week we had a Twitter session and the tweets did not show up and were stuck in Twitter limbo. Thank you for your words of wisdom.

  3. I also find it very helpful to reflect upon what I know and how it compares or contrasts with what others know. Thinking about what I know from a different perspective helps me to build on that learning and, in some instances, alter my own perception of what I think I know. As well, what I know often becomes an even deeper conviction for me.
    And so, stick to what you know and be prepared to be flexible in how you think about what you know.

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