Not long ago I heard about the fascinating new E-Learning site Coursera. Jeff Keuss wrote about a new course offering for them, E-Learning and Digital Cultures. It’s a free course offered by instructors at University of Edinburgh, and they describe the course this way:
E-learning and Digital Cultures is aimed at teachers, learning technologists, and people with a general interest in education who want to deepen their understanding of what it means to teach and learn in the digital age. The course is about how digital cultures intersect with learning cultures online, and how our ideas about online education are shaped through “narratives”, or big stories, about the relationship between people and technology. We’ll explore some of the most engaging perspectives on digital culture in its popular and academic forms, and we’ll consider how our practices as teachers and learners are informed by the difference of the digital. We’ll look at how learning and literacy is represented in popular digital-, (or cyber-) culture.
Since I have a deep fascination with social media (and did my D. Min dissertation around that), and a related interested in E-Learning, I thought this would be a great course to take. A couple of years ago, I completed a certification course with Bakke Graduate University before we team-taught a spiritual formation course over an E-Learning system, and that went relatively well. So I’m looking forward to learning more in this space.
I just started to look at the content for Week 1. So far, it looks like it’s going to be fantastic.
The students (and there are 40,000 of us!) are invited to blog, tweet, etc – all with the #edcmooc hashtag so that we can find each other out in this digital realm. You’ll see me doing that here, and on my Twitter feed, and maybe elsewhere.
It’s not too late to join in the fun if you want. It’s free, and promises to be a good use of time.