What is the purpose of COOCS?  We see it as a real opportunity to give learning and teaching to those that really value it and perhaps have limited access to it.  It is not about courses and accreditation, colleges and fees, it is about the joy of discovery, of sharing and being able to create and learn in a supportive community.  The courses in this category are about the 'why' of COOCs and we would love you to be involved and give us your thoughts.  

We have made a COOC that explores some of the presentations, articles and talks that have helped shape COOCs since the idea began to form.  There is no fixed point that we are striving for, veery day will hopefully see something, someone, new take learning and teaching to a new place.  

We would love your thoughts so please add any comment and help us learn more about the ways we teach/ learn/ share.  

This is not a course.  It is unclear what it is, that will be for you to decide. 

What it includes is the thesis that I have written (I being Peter Shukie) on my version of what led to the creation of COOCs. 

This thesis is not finished, but it is ongoing. It has involved many people, and within this thesis these people (including you if you agreed) have been represented as pseudonyms.

I think it is my interpretation, which has been formed in dialogue with numerous others.

I will continue to add bits, there are whole chapters missing as I start this first online sharing session.  It is important that this is shared so that you can read, tell me what you think, maybe share work of your own?

Anyone is welcome, I especially want those of you that have helped share this research to read and respond, it's a story of all of us. 


This is a 'course' that is based on the development of materials from my own studies, my work with other people in COOCs and on a degree course, through discussion and refection and playing in on-line spaces.  

I have learned that people come to COOCs with an aim of creation, and where that works to help share ideas it is great.  If it works just as a space to create, free of assessment, free of fees, free of attendance logs, free of monitoring and utilisation, free of pressures to meet deadlines and just free as you want it to be - well, that is great too.  

I hope people come and take part, have a look, pass through, say hello, make a comment.  No such thing as lurking exists here.  We begin with an idea that everyone is cool, they are here to see, maybe like or maybe not.  Id you feel like adding your bit, that would be superb.  If you feel like having a look, then moving on, that is good too - if it suits your needs it suits mine.

I guess the thing about COOCs is becoming clearer as a space to play, to create and to do what you want with no external moderators peering over and saying what is, what isn't and what should be part of what you do.  If you get others involved, cool, if not, who cares?  This is non-institutional, non-market driven and open to do whatever.  Massive is an institutional and market based concept, Community is all about creative acts,reflection and freedom.

Have a look, maybe don't.  I have enjoyed starting to put this together so either way my part in the process is warm and enriching.

Always good to hear from you but if I don't feel free to make something of your own

Much Love

Peter


How are you finding COOCs?  We have users all across the globe now and the context of 'community' is really wide.  Not everyone is building courses or joining courses, of course.  

What is missing, maybe,  is the opportunity to share some ideas and make some suggestions that is there for everyone across courses.  We really want the COOCs space to grow and become a valuable space/place for people to create, safer and discuss.

This course, 'COOCs Talk' hopes to do just that.  There is no set direction but just an open invitation to add a few comments, say a few things about your experience.  Online can be a lonely place and I'd like to hear more of the many voices joining COOCs, creating a community of people interested in learning outside institutions, developed by us, for us.

This course is open to all, just pop in and say hello!

This course has been developed for those working around CIPD courses related to Human Resources Development.  and with an interest in the ways that MOOCs and COOCs may change the way people approach staff training and development. 

We will look at what MOOCs are and consider the difference between cMOOCs and xMOOCs

We will consider COOCs and the way they differ from MOOCs.

You will discuss how this may work strategically and operationally in your organisations.

We will consider the wider possibilities of flattened hierarchies and structures.

We will discuss the role of accreditation and the changes in assessment and recognition of learning


The focus is on creating a basis for discussion that you can then develop in collaboration with each other.  MOOCs and COOCs are developing spaces that may well alter delivery and content, the goal here is to have you reflect on how that may work in your own contexts.

My background is in research around TEL as part of my own PhD.  This short course is offered to a CIPD group of students to help generate some discussion around the ways that MOOCS & COOCs can impact on teaching and learning. 

This course will form around a three hour face to face session for some.  It is also open to develop and become shared between anyone else interested. 


This is the course you need if you are[lanning to build a COOC.  We have a how to guide and an opportunity to share your experiences and learn from others.

I wonder often how the COOCs will be developed.  What do each of us think about as we start to plan, to create, to structure the courses?

Sometimes, I want to develop the whole thing with as little direction as possible, a place where things just emerge, either a discussion or a series of videos or whatever.  No real goal, just a desire to jump in and put something together.

Other times, the structure is important.  Looking around at other courses, some have really clear trajectories - what happens first, then leads to what, and so on.  Inside each topi, or section, or lesson a similarly well developed sense of order exists.

Well, now I wanted to look in more detail about how each of us was meeting these challenges in terms of organisational thinking (from lots of to absence of).

I came across this framework by accident.  It is called the Cynefin Framework (pronounced Kernevin).  It relates to how learning is structured in an organisation and I want to explore it some more.

This is a course that I have created to discover more.  I know little to nothing (bar a few videos that I include here).  I recognise that Dave Snowden is the leading thinker in this area and the notions of SIMPLE - COMPLICATED - COMPLEX - CHAOTIC are key.

Even the name means something fascinating, (see |Dave Snowden's video in the first section|). 

If you'd like to come and discuss, think and explore the Cynefin Framework this is the course for you.

In this course I will be looking at how to create a new course in COOCs.  It will allow you to share your experiences and hopefully we can create a range of approaches and use different media and templates.  

A discussion between three COOCateers as they discuss what a COOC is to them and why they feel it is important.