An open online course is quite different. You create your own spaces of interaction – whether on a blog, or in a google group, or in some other place. You contribute to shaping and defining the course. Yes, the weekly facilitators will provide some readings and resources, but you’ll shape and redirect those as you interact with them. You’ll create artifacts such as images, audio recordings, and blog posts that represent how you have made sense of the content. Each of the sensemaking artifacts produced by participants becomes a node in a growing learning and knowledge networks. These nodes often recentre the conversation from what the facilitator had planned. The curriculum develops as a result of participants contributions and interactions. In an open online course, your role is to create and share, not to merely duplicate the content that others have defined as important.
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