General information

If you are new to the course format of a Massive Open Online Course (Massive = lots of participants, Open = anyone can join, Online = fully web-based, Course ... course) take a look at the MOOC video embedded in the 'history of MOOC' page.

Plan which type of participant you will be

According with your work/spare time schedule and personal needs or interests, you might want to be one type of learner (this can change during the course, but it is good to plan). Look at the learning actions - what to expect page to see ... what you can expect as a participant in this course.

Architecture of the course: (peace) tree, branching out

After consulting all you wonderful mLearning enthusiasts, I gladly share the the topics that will be covered in the next free, open and online course on mLearning called MobiMOOC. The course will show examples from around the world with facilitators and speakers from different continents. The registration is simple: just sign up for the MobiMOOC Google group and you will be informed of any new developments, announcements...

The architecture of this course will follow the (peace) tree architecture. external image peaceTreeOfLife.jpg

What is meant by the (peace) tree architecture?

A tree architecture is a course format that provides 1 topic in the first week, three in the second and more (in this case six) in the third or later weeks. A bit like the branches of a tree, where there is a central stem (= mLearning) and different branches emerge into thinner, more specialized topics.

This course architecture was chosen to allow people with different backgrounds to first get on the same basic level and to get all of us comfortable during the first week. The topics of the second week are a bit more complex, yet they add to already existing learning experiences or more holistic mLearning views. In the third week, or specialized week, more complex topics are given in parallel with each other, enabling all of us to choose the topic that is of interest. The idea of the name came to me because I truly belief in the tree of life peace symbol. And I hope that open education and critical thinking will move all of us towards a more humane, peaceful world.

All the topic content will be shared via Open Educational Resources or OER (synchronous sessions will be recorded and shared, resources will be bookmarked and shared...) to add to the idea of free education.

How are the topics organized?

A topic is organized around different topics on mobile learning, the first week brings all of us together, the second week gives us all a choice and in the third week all of us can choose a specialized topic that interests us the most. Each topic has a guide-on-the-side, which is an expert in that particular subject matter.
The facilitator/guide-on-the-side of a topic will provide links, possible learning actions and resources related to the topic (PDF’s, documents, movies, audio files, mobile tools). The facilitators/guides can suggest to go through them, understand how it works, discuss with the other participants to get a clear angle on the topic at large (via the resources that are provided, or via other resources you provide, and ultimately see how that topic might benefit your context or region).
Additionally, the facilitator will give a virtual classroom session on their topic of approximately 60 minutes. This virtual classroom session can be followed live, so you can ask the top of the crop in mobile learning expertise your questions. These sessions will also be recorded (if the record button is pressed in time), so everyone, no matter where you live around the world can follow and discuss with all of us. In addition to the facilitator, expert speakers might be invited to provide their insights on the topic as well.

There will be discussions on each topic, discussions that you yourself can start or can respond to. These discussions will be started and rolled out from the central discussion area, which is currently MobiMOOC google group but which will change soon to another discussion group, because this will enhance topic filtering.

Connect to peers for better understanding and building a professional network

This course is built in part as a connectivism course. This means that the connections you build with the other participants is as important as the learning itself. Think about life: we each live in our own worlds, but we move in the midst of other worlds (other people). Sometimes, you meet someone with similar interests and then it clicks, that person can become a knowledge peer, or an expert with whom you can exchange notes and ideas. But how do you know it clicks? By communicating, this is why this course also has a facebook group: the mobiMOOC facebook account. This is where you can have conversations and the sharing of ideas that are more informal to get to know one another, share media, share books you have read… whatever you feel like, but do remember stay respectful to the other participants, we are all in this together, which means we all have our own sensitivities, and of course all of us wants what is best for all of us.

Overall learning activity: build your own mLearning project outline (if you want to you can use this mLearning project template - need to add this)

Who are the facilitators? Look at the facilitator profile page.