At 10 am EST on Monday January 27, some 14,000 participants will become part of our "meta MOOC" on "The History and Future of (Mostly) Higher Education." One of their first participatory assignments will be to edit the DRAFT document below. The students in ISIS 640 started with the peer-generated document designed for classroom engagement in a peer-to-peer physical setting that is in Twenty-First-Century Literacies and, collectively, using a Google Doc, edited it to this stage for a massive virtual community.
We invite you to add your own comments to this experiment. What comes next, when 14,000 community members have a chance to see and edit it, is anyone's guess. But we're all excited to find out!
Community Rules and Principles for Collaborative Online Learning
“The History and Future of (Mostly) Higher Education”
Coursera MOOC January 2014
Below is a first draft of “Community Rules and Principles for Collaborative Online Learning” written by the Teaching Assistants and Community TAs to reflect some guiding principles, goals, methods, strategies, and rules for a massive online learning. We invite members of the Coursera MOOC on “The History and Future of (Mostly) Higher Education” to comment, edit, and add to the document in order to help make this not just a one-direction online course but rather a multi-direction conversation in an active, respectful community of learners.
Because we are a community of several thousand participants from many countries, with different backgrounds, cultures, and languages, we must be considerate of one another to promote the diversity of ideas this experience will generate. Each person in the community should conduct themselves in a dignified manner and all disagreements should be handled with a sense of camaraderie and mutual understanding without resorting to personal attacks or demeaning language.
To this end, this document establishes expectations for engagement in our online FutureEd community. Please feel free to edit, amend, or add to this draft until Monday, February 3 at 9:59 am EST -0500, when this draft will be posted on rapgenius for further annotation.
#FutureEd: Massively Collaborative Online Learning
FutureEd is an experiment in collaborative learning committed to identifying, evaluating, creating, and rethinking solutions to higher educational challenges that our changing society faces in the 21st century. We believe that the Internet and technology are changing how individuals and communities understand themselves and the world around them, and that this connected age offers a tremendous opportunity to make teaching, learning, and knowledge more accessible, more valuable, and more meaningful for everyone, but this requires a rethinking of institutions of higher education. FutureEd’s purpose is to understand and overcome the limits imposed by the history of higher education so that we might explore the possibilities that exist for its future.
We have committed ourselves to:
● Experimental approaches to teaching and sharing for the benefit of student learning.
● Building a culture of openness, access, and respect in the pursuit of knowledge creation.
● Implementing a community-based approach to create:
● Spaces for knowledge production
● Pedagogy that reflects new ways of understanding learning and thinking in the Digital Age
● New modes and methods for knowledge creation that engage with digital media
● Defining and working to provide opportunities to advance equality and access for all learners and educators without regard to their socioeconomic status or location on the globe.
● Collaborative and cooperative learning that broadens the classroom’s
physical boundaries by expanding it through its virtual ones
● Spaces where diverse voices have a better chance of being heard and incorporated into knowledge creation and production
● Practice-based learning that is useful in individuals’ lives
● A dynamic setting that allows both theory and practice to continually
evolve and improve
We believe that:
● Knowledge is a public resource that should be open and accessible to all people.
● The purpose of education is to enrich lives and to help people achieve their individual and collective goals.
● Designing and increasing access to meaningful education is fundamental, not optional.
● Individuals must be empowered to shape their own educational experiences; different perspectives can enrich learning experiences.
● Free and open source modes of learning promote the availability of knowledge as a public resource.
● Transparent, community-based processes promote participation, accountability, and trust.
● Educators must develop methods of assessment that fit learning in the digital age by allowing space for lifelong learning.
● A model classroom environment draws on every participant’s unique expertise for the greater good of collective goals.
● There’s a difference between high standards and standardization, and it’s our goal to discover the digital possibilities to support the former and to transform the latter.
● No decision within a collective needs to be unanimous, but every final decision regarding overarching goals and final products should be supported by good reasons and a majority of rational perspectives.
We expect that:
Someone who promotes discord in our community by intentionally upsetting others through inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic expression will be considered a troll.
There will be no tolerance for trolls in the FutureEd community.
Community members will not promote discrimination of any kind.
Participation will be informed by preparation.
We will collaborate in a constructive manner as we assign, guide, and assess the work of peers.
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