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MOOC: Networked Scholars

posted Dec 5, 2014, 2:21 PM by Ezra Lockhart   [ updated Dec 5, 2014, 2:54 PM ]
Recently, I participated in and completed my first MOOC. MOOC, Massive Open Online Courses, are e-learning classes which attract large amounts of students from all over the globe to freely share information and learn. This format is much more collaborative and democratic rather than the unidirectional method used in traditional face-to-face courses. The main reason this format peeked my interest is my understanding of how important exposure to differing perspectives, cultures, and academic styles are. I believe in order to be a well-rounded academic one must be exposed to a broad array of academic teaching styles, personalities, platforms, materials, etc.

I completed the course Networked Scholars, hosted by Royal Roads University in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada and facilitated by Prof. George VeletsianosThis 4-week course introduced the tools and practices associated with academics’ participation in online social networks in order to share, reflect upon, critique, improve, validate, and otherwise develop their scholarship.

Together we explored ideas associated with digital-, open-, and social scholarship. We also investigated how particular tools and practices may enhance the impact and reach of scholarship. We discussed the challenges and tensions associated with emerging forms of scholarship. This course afforded me insight about the role of social media in the lives of knowledge workers and academics, and also whether and to what extent I might use social media for academic purposes.