Creativity & Multicultural Communication

Computers, Language, Writing

By Vanessa

CWL started as part of an EVO Workshop for ESL instructors on computers in teaching writing, later re-purposed as a blog about teaching and learning language skills with computers. What happens to language when writing and computers collide, writing when language and computers meet up? Then came MOOCs and another repurposing ~ my all-purpose blog about teaching online.
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Blog Post: Goodbye #MOOC Season Hello ~ #CMC11, #POTcert11, #change11, #evomlit
It's a wrap for Mira Costa's Program for Online Teaching Program certificate course, which will return in September as #potcert12. Forget about the POThead jokes: we've already made them all. Change 11, not the infinite MOOC after all, is also coming down to the wire. Dave Cormier exhorts the weary and mooc-worn to catch their second wind and face the final five sessions like a fresh, much shorter version. Vance Stephen's Multiliteracies (evomlit) never turns the lights off. That's why there is no number at the end of the hashtag. I signed up and get the Dailies but never got into either CCK12 or LAK12. Good news for CMC11 participants. The beat goes on. Carol Yaeger writes,
CMC11 is still open for your participation ... the playground for connectivist learning adventures. There are several recent registered participants and a few who have come in the past few months (please let me know who you are by sending me an email ... thanks). I do know about Becky from China, Brandy and Sarah in the US and the few who have been posting blogs and Tweets from time to time ... and you know who you are :-)
Since we will be open for Independent Study ESC students starting 1 May, I will endeavor to add my blog commentary on a weekly basis and send out the NewPosts at least weekly, if not more often.
The folks in China are not able to access Facebook or Google, and their blogs may be slightly different in format. This means that they are unable to join in the hangouts and You Tube presentations. We will be looking for additional ways to communicate beyond the NewPosts, Twitter and such. If anyone has any suggestions, please pass them along. I think the discussion posts here and the material in the NewPosts should be OK ... Becky, and others in China, please let me know. Thanks. (Greetings to the Current Participants ~ CDL Projects)
I responded, opening a discussion on the site:

Google+ Hangout: takes more bandwidth than I have access to. Sure would be nice to have a transcript (text) or report (blog post)
Continuations, China, connecting (because you can't do connectivism let alone exchange ideas about it unless you do): using mostly Fb because it is convenient, I suspect I've missed out on some announcements (i.e. final projects) and discussion here. I found the creativity/trans-multicultural literacy engaging and a natural for me. I am all for keeping on. I start tagging again. Are we using social bookmarking? FYI Diigo, among other features, has a good comment and sharing features, enough to use as a discussion forum.
China ~ it's a good and perhaps even necessary exercise to think about how we can connect / communicate without (eek!) Facebook or Google. A challenge, but hardly the end of meaningful online communication. Let's start with what is open and where Chinese participants *can* connect. What blogging platforms are available? Can we use theirs? What about Yahoo, email lists, bulletin boards, other social media, bookmarking, photo sharing with comment features?
Not entirely OT, I offered to help an Italian friend in Australia with a project for low bandwith access project putting basic literacy / skills / K-12 education resources online for a Haitian orphanage. How multi-cultural can you get?

By Vanessa, Feed:Computers, Language, Writing, 2012-04-23T09:43:00.001-04:00 [Comment]
Blog Post: at long last: hello #multiliteracies, #POTcert11, #CMC11 & #change11
Finally! Today is the day I break the block, stop procrastinating and MOOC blog. So long, too much territory to cover.  I won't even try. Even so, it is still long enough to invite procrastination. 

I started impressions in 750words, an online writing application to develop the habit of daily writing. The purpose is just to write, get started writing and keep writing, with no other purpose ~ certainly not create blog posts, create documents, answer mail and so on, but the morning word dump gets me started

Impression of my currently moocs at this point: the short version is that if I had a compelling reason to or cared about keeping up, I'd be in a drowning panic. Each a a different gem, a different lens, I'd rather not set aside. Sure, I'd like to be getting more done but this is not all I am doing, not even all I am doing online. So why am here then? Orient, declare, network, cluster, focus and all that jazz?Read more »

By Vanessa, Feed:Computers, Language, Writing, 2011-10-29T14:41:00.001-04:00 [Comment]
Blog Post: Complexity, self-organization, #Change11 etc

 Even if not specifically designated as such, thoughts on navigating chaos, an ongoing Multiliteracies consideration, shine through. Besides relevance, this sharing-as-post gives me the opportunity to a) post by email to posterous; b) autopost to CLW; c) get in the habit of using Diggo features; d) comply with MOOC tool building mission, even modest tools with less bling and glitz (and thankfully requiring less bandwidth); e) participate; f) contribute, however modestly, to artifact creation; g) and surely more


Complexity, self-organization, and #Change11: reactions to Siemen's presentation on online courses - michael sean gallagher

    • presentation from George Siemens on Self-Organization in Online Courses (embedded below) that addressed some aspects of learning complexity (through the context of a MOOC)
      • we need to sift through the chaos to create signal, perhaps even a pattern language
        • I liken this process to language itself and the alphabet. The alphabet developed to take a series of meanings and weld it to one symbol (a process more pronounced in Chinese and ancient Egyptian perhaps) that everyone might recognize and accept.
          • It reduces the complexity, yes, but more importantly it provides a starting point for a common process. Without it, we would be lost in theory.
            • The same holds for learning to some degree. We look for structure, but if none exists on sight, we combine things until some structure emerges. That structure can be represented in a single symbol, but its foundation might shift as new understanding emerges. Occasionally, there is need to ditch the symbols or invent a new one altogether as emerging learning dictates. That is a healthy and complicated process. The MOOC captures this process a bit and adheres to an open structure to allow pattern language to emerge, a shared vocabulary, a knowledge construct (however ephemeral).
              • Feedback as friction as forces interact. A spark, a collision, waste, and occasionally a nova. A big (learning) bang. This makes me think a learner's responsibility (among many others) is to be open to this collision of actors, agents, feedback, waste, noise, and then, ideally, pattern, understanding. The only way out is through.
                • Disturbing- an ontological disturbance, an unknown, an uncanny sense of veering through uncharted, potentially treacherous waters. It is a good place to be as a learner, but it requires a strength and confidence that only an empowered learner could put forth. But in that disturbance, that mess, there is the friction, that meat-grinder of understanding.
                  • This is learning as curiosity and sometimes it can be quite scary.
                    • Often we seek knowledge for the sake of knowledge (anyone subjected to my endless banal history lessons will understand this), but I do believe that most learning is action oriented. To learn not only to get a job, to live in a world, to subsist, but rather for acting as best as we can. For improvement, for progress, for self-actualization.
                      • self-actualization (the development of self) can only be realized through sharing, group interaction
                        • disaggregated, emotive, functional machine of interaction. One that has to be tinkered with constantly.

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                          By Vanessa, Feed:Computers, Language, Writing, 2011-10-02T12:11:00.001-04:00 [Comment]
                          Blog Post: Multi(ple): literacies, tasking, connecting, networking #MOOC/s

                          Would that be multimoocquing (or however spelled)? I favor qu for the hard c. Getting ahead of myself (we can do that here), I came across "Reframing Information Literacy as a Metaliteracy" in CMC1l readings for week. The article struck me as Multiliteracies relevant even if it uses the word "collaboration" too often. Call it coollaporation and let it be, let it be ...

                          Not the only thing I am doing out of order. In the interest of practicing an economy of scale, efficient multi-tasking and navigating chaos and especially to retain a modicum of sanity in this busy season, I've been thinking about how to connect, mentally relate, different but intersecting MOOCs. Currently in progress or about to start, these are the Program for Online Teaching, Multiliteracies, Creativity & Multicultural Communication and Change 2011. A more complete list includes previous ones. Participants remain connected on Google Reader, in personal networks and through sporadic posts on respective Facebook (& other) groups. Obviously, I'm going to need a mind map but not today.

                          Fractal Art Wallpaper, Chaos Theory

                          Network the distributed networks: MOOC+ or the landscape of a quondam, moocque futurus. This very distributed network or series of distributed networks connects differently for each of us depending on individual purposes. They also connect with our outside (personal, professional, creative, community and other) lives even more idiosyncratically ... but that's another post.

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                          By Vanessa, Feed:Computers, Language, Writing, 2011-09-18T17:03:00.001-04:00 [Comment]
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