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  • djhowden posted an update in the group Group logo of BloggingBlogging 1 year, 11 months ago

    I am going to be writing some shortcodes for blogging

    A shortcode is a short way of writing something that is long and complicated and they always go in the square brackets [ shortcode ]

    The two created so far are:

    • A Course for Children to Learn About International Countries and Cultures

      Area of Learning: Education

    • Learning Anarchy Through Practise

      Area of Learning: Social Studies

      Anarchy...

      What did reading that word make you think?


      The word has taken on many negative connotations over the years, provoking a fear response in some. Due in part to the general belief that the word means 'chaos' and 'lawlessness', not everyone is aware of the literal definition in a political sense, never mind the broader application of the theory.

      This course aims to be both a learning resource and a living example of anarchism in action.

    • What are Interactive Essays?

      Area of Learning: Education

      The interactive Essay is an assessment designed for use on a Higher Education course.  It has its roots in a much richer application of thinking and creating, that of web authored tools and approaches. 

      The goal of the interactive Essay is to allow essay writers a much wider approach to their assessment writing.  Rather than using only a word processor and writing for an audience of two or three, the Interactive Essay suggests using animation, video, hyperlinks and image/ sound/ to create. 

      While the usual route for an essay is to have a marker, a moderator and an external examiner the Interactive Essay allows for sharing with a wider range of interested parties.  This might be sector experts, peers, academics and/or any other groups related to the subject.  It gives an opportunity to write for a new audience and an additional set of skills in understanding what writing needs to do to engage an audience. 

      What is created may stay the same as with 'traditional' essays although when writing titles and questions it might be better to reflect that a wide range of approaches can be encountered and used to present.

      This is a course that looks at some examples of Interactive Essays and some background to what can be produced and why.  It will also provide a space to discuss your views and uses and any concerns.

      I hope we can create a community that helps us develop the Interactive Essay as a positive means of engaging creatively with assignments.


    this will print out the latest 3 courses on coocs into a blog
    • Want to know more about COOCs?

      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.

    • Mental Health

      This category contains courses which are involved in the area of mental health

    • Learning Moodle

      Here you will find courses that will help you to learn Moodle by learning how different components of courses can be used in building your course.

    • Philosophy

      The study of general and fundamental problems, such as those connected with reality, existence, knowledge, values, reason, mind, and language.

    • Literacy
      Literacy is the ability to read and write. The inability to do so is called illiteracy or analphabetism. Visual literacy also includes the ability to understand visual forms of communication such as body language, pictures, maps, and video. Evolving definitions of literacy often include all the symbol systems relevant to a particular community. Literacy encompasses a complex set of abilities to understand and use the dominant symbol systems of a culture for personal and community development. In a technological society, the concept of literacy is expanding to include the media and electronic text, in addition to alphabetic and number systems. These abilities vary in different social and cultural contexts according to need, demand and education.
    • Sport

      Sport (or sports) is all forms of usually competitive physical activity which, through casual or organised participation, aim to use, maintain or improve physical ability and skills while providing entertainment to participants, and in some cases, spectators. Hundreds of sports exist, from those requiring only two participants, through to those with hundreds of simultaneous participants, either in teams or competing as individuals.

    • Education

      Education in its general sense is a form of learning in which the knowledge, skills, and habits of a group of people are transferred from one generation to the next through teaching, training, or research. 

    • IT

      Courses for and around Information Technologies

    • The Arts

      Courses based on the Arts

    • Social Studies

      Course on Social Studies

    • Environmental

      Studies on the environment

    • Becoming Animal

      COOCs hopes to create a space in the world for our engagement with the natural, the ecology and the shared spaces in which we live.  This can be many things, it is around how we engage with the world around us, appreciate it, promote or conserve it.  

      By creating COOCs that explore the concept of 'Becoming Animal' we as a community define it.  Think and feel your way around the theme and add your ideas, we can learn and grow as we go.

    • An Equal and Fair World

      A range of courses here that are able to discuss various ways in which we create a fair and equal world.  These may be about raising awareness, sharing different cultures and practices and even sharing your own approach to life.


    • Hearing Voices and Unusual Beliefs

      Recovery from psychosis simply means finding hope for the future and finding a way to start living and enjoying life again.  Instead of asking what's wrong we can begin to think about what happened.

      We discover how to make sense through sharing thoughts and ideas and learn how to use these relationships to create new ways of seeing, thinking and doing.  

      The courses in this category are not meant to be instructional.  They offer an opportunity for families, people with lived experience and mental health professionals to enter into discussion.   

    • Poetry and Words of all Kinds

      Whatever language is it defines much of what we are.  The COOCs here are open to any approach to language as you live it, breathe it and say it...or write or sing it.  

    • Hack the Library!
      Hack the Library is an exciting opportunity to take communal spaces in the library and be creative.  This COOC space is a part of that and a chance to let that free flowing creativity and positivity operate in a wider space.  Anyone can teach and anyone can learn and this collaboration allows all of us to get involved, teach something and learn something together.
    • Sustainable Acre

      We are living in a time of huge technological advances and our knowledge and awareness of our home planet, and its inhabitants, has never been greater. So why is it that all over the world our environment is being decimated by thoughtless and greedy corporations? I believe that it is the wasteful nature of the modern lifestyle that is contributing to this problem, by feeding the larger businesses who do the most damage. What can we do on an individual, or small community level, to fight back and balance the negative effects? 

      This is a space for discussion and the sharing of knowledge and information regarding our journey to create a more sustainable and low impact life. As part of a long-term plan, we plan to source, develop and maintain a plot of land into our very own sustainable acre and hope that, through an open forum such as this, we can start a learning process which enables everybody to teach and learn about sustainability together.

      The courses in this category are linked to the 'A Sustainable Acre' network - visit us on Facebook too

    • Bethany Project, Tanzania

      The courses in this category are developed by the staff and volunteers of the Bethany Project. 

      We are a small team of Christians working together to help the most vulnerable children and people in a rural area of Tanzania. East Africa. We are involved in providing financial support and volunteers to visit both long and short term to share in the work both here and in Tanzania. As of February 2015 caring for a total of 127 children Contact: Graham Pountain email: graham@pountain.net, Tel 01254 879694 

       Our vision is to provide education for the very poorest of children in line with our aims and objectives. Therefore we do not charge fees. Donations from supporters cover all expenses including school uniforms, text and exercise books, teachers salaries and two meals per day, breakfast and lunch.


      see some clips of Bethany here

    • Tutor Voices
      a woman cries out for emancipation Tutor Voices is a new democratic campaigning network for educators in the Further, Adult, Community and Skills sector. All voices are welcomed.

      We are working to promote learning opportunities on a range of subjects and in a wide and diverse number of ways.  The COOCs courses allow us to share knowledge and thinking for free and we hope you engage with us to develop a rich and exciting opportunities to learn together.




    will list out the categories or Area’s of Learning Just as you see in the sidebar. These may not be the most useful for blogging but more are on the way

    Will keep you updated as I add more so let me know what would be useful 🙂

    • cheers Derek

      Just found this thread! I will keep looking now – I posted a blog yesterday and sending the RSA one off today too

      Speak soon

      Peer