Who or what is a teacher?


Christine Sinclair  Teaching a class of 27 at the same time as a MOOC inevitably encourages me to ask what being a teacher means in both cases.  Are the students teaching themselves?  Well, yes, in the sense that they’ve having to manage and regulate learning (their own).  Are they teaching one another?  Yes, in the sense that they offer resources, feedback, support, encouragement and challenges.  Is the software teaching them?  Yes, in the sense that it will present and sequence material and offer alternative ways of displaying, aggregating, curating and storing ideas.  All these might be regarded as functions for the teacher – and all can be seen happening in both courses.

On the MOOC, the students are using peer review to assess and grade products of learning.  This happens on some smaller courses too, though not on the one I am currently teaching.

So what is left…

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“Botty Moments” #edcmooc #edcmoocrocks

Botty, AKA Teacher Bot, AKA @edcmooc

Botty, AKA Teacher Bot, AKA @edcmooc

OK..so we all know that this run of EDCMOOC is different from the previous runs of the program. And the difference is the Teacher Bot, introduced for the very first time on an experimental basis.

The official introduction of the teacher bot on the Coursera site says:

‘Teacher bot’ is an automated response system that will reply to course tweets, providing guidance about the course or perhaps engaging in discussion. It will look out for specific key words in your tweets, and reply from a bank for predetermined answers written by the teaching team. You will see teacher bot answers coming from the official EDCMOOC Twitter account: @edcmooc.

So far so good. Except for the fact that some of us have had a few hilarious moments with the bot as well.

Since so many people were having fun with Botty, we decided to dedicate a section entirely to “her”. This page is a light-hearted attempt to capture those moments. We invite you to share those “Botty” Moments with us by embedding the tweets in the comments section below.

Here is what you need to do –

1. Look for the tweets where you interacted with Botty.

2. Click on the …. dots that appear in the tweet, which will open a drop-down menu – see image below.


3. Click on Embed Tweet. A new pop-up window will open with some HTML code. Copy the code highlighted in blue colour. See the image below.


4. Paste the code below in the Comments box below. The tweet will get embedded there.

You will, of course, need to be logged in to comment, which you can do by using one of the social-media icons in the log-in box on the right hand sidebar of the page. In case you are still  not sure how to go about embedding the tweets, you can follow the alternate route by re-tweeting those tweets you wish to share, adding the hashtag #edcmoocrocks, and we will find them and embed them for you.

That’s it !

Let us all share some fun Botty Moments through this journey called EDCMOOC, away from Utopias, Dystopias and what have you !

Week 1 Hangout Video & Audio Uploaded #edcmooc #edcmoocrocks

Hello everyone.

Just a little note to let everyone know that the video of the Week 1 Hangout has been uploaded on EDCMOOC ROCKS. You can watch the video on the site itself, or download it as an MP4 file in case you do not have access to YouTube where you are located.

The converted audio file has also been embedded on the same page, and if you wish, you can listen to it there, or download it as an MP3 file.

Here is the link to access the hangout – http://edcmooc.rocks/downloads/week-1-hangout/

Hope you enjoy the hangout as much as we did !

Are You A Fan Of #edcmooc #edcmoocrocks ?

edcmooc rocks

For many people out there, including myself, EDCMOOC was a unique experience. I was among those who did the course in 2013, and through the course ended in December, EDCMOOC never did end for me. Many of us became hooked – that’s what Connectivism does to you.

If you love EDCMOOC and all the activity that goes with it, we invite you to join us on http://edcmooc.rocks – an unofficial fan site of EDCMOOC, made by EDCMOOCers for EDCMOOCers – past and present. The site admins would be familiar to most of the former EDCMOOCers and include people like Ary Aranguiz (@trendingteacher), Madhura Pradhan (@maddiekp), Dimitra Kapnia (@dkapnia), Sandra Sinfield (@Danceswithcloud), Monica Huang (@monica_yaya), Whitney Farmer (@farmer_whitney) and Rajiv Bajaj (@rajiv63 – that’s me !)

Feel free to join up there – we have made it easy for you by providing several social media log-in options. Do let us have your news, views and comments. And for those blogging their ideas on the course, may we also request you to share your posts on this site using the Submit A Post option ?

The site is far from complete yet, having been set up just about a week ago, and though there is still a lot to be done there, we have made it online so that we can catch the action there also, as the course progresses. We have also tried to make available there some resources for the people currently enrolled in EDCMOOC3, which include a Twitter feed of #edcmooc, a blog feed of EDCMOOC from University of Edinburgh, some embedded Pinterest Boards related to EDCMOOC, and embedded Padlet wals featuring the artefacts submitted by participants of the previous runs of the course.

In the resources section we have tried to make available some useful resources and links to reference material, and also, downloadable files of all videos featured in the course. This will particularly be useful for people in countries where access to video sharing sites is not available. We will also make available there the downloadable video files of the weekly hangouts, along with their audio conversions, soon after the hangouts take place. If you would like to share any more resources and links there, please share them with us by adding a comment here, or by sending a tweet to @edcmoocrocks – the Twitter handle being used by us for this site. We have also created a Facebook Page for this site, and invite you to “like” us there too !

In the Tools & Tips section we will feature useful tools that participants can make use of while pursuing the course, along with embedded tutorials wherever possible.

Any suggestions for improvements and enhancements to the site are more than welcome !

Discovering Your Ignorance #EDCMOOC #EDCMOOCROCKS

This post was published by me here, earlier this morning


Discovery Of Ignorance

The more we learn, the more we discover about the extent of our ignorance.  This is an undeniable fact. Till the time one does not try something new, one has no idea how much he /she does NOT know about it, and yes, it is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.

Take the case of EDCMOOC, for example. Going by the post, many people come here with the notion of discovering what e-learning is all about, and the first thing they realize is that this course will not teach them anything about e-learning – a fact which is mentioned in the course introduction as well. The introduction also states that it is an invitation to view online educational practices through a particular lens – that of popular and digital culture. So many participants, like me, come on board out of sheer curiosity.

It is only when you are on board that you begin to ask yourself …

Hey ! What is this course really about ?

What ? No Lecture videos ?

What ? No Weekly quizzes ?

Are they serious ? I mean, do they really want us to get social and thrash out our ideas in the public spaces ?

How on earth can tweeting and using forums help me to learn ? They’ve got to be kidding.

You mean creating a blog is actually going to enlighten me on what digital cultures are all about ?

And if one answers those questions to oneself in all honesty, that’s when the extent of your ignorance begins to dawn on you. One begins to see the light at the end of the tunnel, only to later discover that the light was always there, and it was the tunnel itself that was an illusion. Yes, that line is borrowed from an anonymous quote – it is not my original.

tunnel light

The Tunnel Of Ignorance

The more you experiment with the suggested methods, the more you will discover that it is a whole big world of EDCMOOC out there that is vibrant, lively and happening. There are people out there, interacting with each other at any given time of the day, and this is made possible because digital spaces have no time zones, no time restrictions, and someone somewhere in the world is making an important contribution, be it on the discussion forums, on twitter, or facebook, or elsewhere in this vast classroom known as the internet.

EDCMOOC is an experience. It is all about Connectivism and Social Learning. It is about discovering knowledge in the digital arena. It is about discovering yourself. It is much more than discovering about Utopias, Dystopias, Being Human and all the other terms that one discovers in this course. Connectivism is the driving force behind EDCMOOC, and what better example of Connectivism can I give you than this site itself – a creation of common ideas of people who “met” on EDCMOOC, stayed connected even when the last run of EDCMOOC was over. That is what EDCMOOC is capable of doing to you, if you allow yourself to be sucked into this journey of discovery. And trust me on this – if you let yourself be pulled in without resistance, you will discover vistas of knowledge and learning whose existence you were not even aware of before becoming a part of EDCMOOC. It will then be clear that it was always the tunnel of ignorance that was an illusion. And like me and the rest of the admins on EDCMOOC ROCKS, you will continue exploring on this journey of discovery of our own ignorance.