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My Art & Inquiry Personal Learning Network (PLN)

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In addition to being excited about participating in MOMA’s MOOC, Art & Inquiry, offered by Coursera, I am thrilled to be part of a small team of individuals that have come together for this MOOC.  For me, that is the beauty of MOOCs, developing online relationships with a team of like-minded individuals. In fact, participation in a smaller group appears to contribute to a successful MOOC experience.

How did our group form?   In the first MOOC that I participated in, I was part of a small group of educators, “The Fraingers.”

“As participants, we experienced deep and significant learning, very much through social media. The peer-to-peer learning we engaged in and benefitted from was not traditionally organised ‘group work’ or micro-managed interaction, but something more fluid, open, student-initiated and led, that seems to have gone to the very core of what online learner agency, and digital culture, is all about.”  (From Taming A MOOC with Social Media, written by several members of the “Fraingers.”)

This organic process of the creation of the Art & Inquiry group started with a post by a former colleague of mine, Matthew Craig, who is now the Technology Facilitator at the Normal Park Museum Magnet School on his Facebook Page.  In response, I encouraged him to sign up for the Art & Inquiry MOOC.  A colleague of Matthew’s (Judith Jasinski) responded that she was intrigued by my post, and signed up for the course.  In response, Matthew and his entire team enrolled, and we created a group Facebook page.  Since only one person on the NPMS’s team had experience with MOOCs, I invited another MOOC colleague of mine, Amy Burvall to join us.

I also posted on a Google+ Community page on Creativity, Innovation and Change, another MOOC offered by the University of Pennsylvania through Coursera, indicating that Art & Inquiry is the perfect segway to this MOOC, and one of the co-teachers, Jack Matson enrolled!  (Jack and I had the opportunity to meet while he was here on vacation in Maui.  His team is very intrigued by the organic formation of MOOCs).

And finally, Sandra Sinfeld, a former MOOC mate, who started me on this journey through her blog, Last Refuge, has joined the group.  

I have also invited two other former colleagues of mine and Matthew’s to join us.  Having no experience with MOOCs, they are not aware of the potential for exhilaration that participation has to offer.  In fact, one said, ” I just finished an online course and was hoping for a little time off before the storm hits.”

I look forward to working with a diverse group of 15 individuals to enrich my experience of Art & Inquiry.


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