This is my introductory post. I am participating in a MOOC facilitated by Dave Cormier called “Rhizomatic Learning – The Community is the Curriculum.” Dave’s 2008 article “Rhizomatic Education: Community as Curriculum” has informed many of my education projects since including courses, student orientations, professional development, as well as my own teaching which has included English and Health Information Management. Back in 2008, I participated in an early MOOC, Connectivism and Connective Knowlege ’08, and Dave’s article was an essential node. You will notice that on the side-bar of this blog (if you scroll down) you will find the resources for my presentations on the “Connectivist Classroom” and that article is always there. It is also on my reading lists for new instructional designers. I am participating in this MOOC for a number of reasons but one of them is that I am in the middle of developing an online orientation to online learning called “eLearning 101” that I want to run as a MOOC.
I think it is important to practice what you preach and to give back to your community. I have been to too many workshops on “active learning” that were one-way dumps of information. We need to model and practice. I feel as an educator, I want to help shape this new knowledge landscape. That is the difficulty of this kind of education. I can’t get a certification and then shift into neutral! Degrees or past accomplishments don’t mean anything in this environment – you have to participate.
Another reason to participate is that the tools, methods, and people in online collaborative education are always changing. It is important to stay connected!