I jumped right in to the #clmooc. Some interesting items to note from a design perspective…
The #clmooc is not housed in what would be considered a “mooc” platform (is there a standard???). We are not in EdX, Coursera, Open2Study, etc. From what I am seeing initially, is that the “homepage” is a blog. Participants connect mainly in Google+ where there is a Making Learning Connect community. Here is where participants post ideas and connect. However… there is also a Twitter presence through the #clmooc hashtag and Twitter chats (still need to participate in one of these!). MOOC participants are also encouraged to write a blog and feed it into the Blog Hub on the Mooc homepage. Overall, very interesting concept.
On a “cool app”/new web 2.0 tool front… I tried Vizify. I forgot my LinkedIn password so I was only able to combine my Twitter and Facebook profiles. Still, very cool app/tool. One participant also used Vocaroo to post an audio message. I will have to play around with this to see if there is a length limit.
Some issues I am having… Google+ is fairly new to me. Not sure how to Add to Circles. What circle? Do I just make one? I added some folks as “following”, but again, I’m not sure what this means.
I want to add this blog to the Blog Hub. Not quite sure how to do this. I was able to set my categories for the #clmooc blog posts, but I don’t know how to enter the RSS feed into the Hub. Just set up my WordPress blog yesterday before entering the #clmooc, so WordPress is also new to me!
Wow! Take me back to my dissertation writing! That is easy compared to this! BUT, I am not afraid to try new things and I love making connections with others. So far I got 4 new followers on Twitter from just yesterday’s connections in #clmooc.