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Week 2 in

Multiliteracies for Social Networking and

Collaborative Learning Environments


Week 2: January 16 - 22, 2012: DECLARE

Theme: What is/are Multiliteracies?

and Many clouds: A technological lens


Keynote Soundbite (< 5 min.): Karen Fasimpaur on 
What draws her to P2PU, and the importance of teachers learning what THEY want to learn, self-driven and from peers

From Teachers Teaching Teachers #273 Thanks for Open Educational Resources with Karen Fasimpaur, Antero Garcia, Daye Rogers 11.23.11: http://edtechtalk.com/node/5048


The course as it has evolved so far has patterned itself first on Stuart Selber's triparite breakdown of the topic of multiliteracies

and more recently on Mark Pegrum's five lenses through which to view digital technologies. 


It is still useful to view our current course content through the warp and woof of these threads while incoporating the new directions that a study of a topic whose nature changes with each new development must obviously take.


This table encapsulates current vs. past course frameworks:


Cormier's keys to success in MOOCs:
  1. orient
  2. declare
  3. network
  4. cluster
  5. focus 
Pegrum's five lenses:
  1. technological
  2. pedagogical
  3. social
  4. sociopolitical
  5. ecological


Selber's 3 aspects of multiliteracies:
  1. funtional
  2. critical
  3. rhetorical


Week 1 - In the orient phase we introduced some literature on MOOCs and e-Portfolios and had participants find or designate a space where they will anchor their Me-Portfolios for this short course


Week 2 - This week gathers the participants into a distributed learning network that overlaps with other similar networks. Several  essential frameworks underpinning multiliteracies will be discussed, and these frameworks will be applied to models of how this course might function (more as a seminar in which knowledge is built through connecting and sharing, as opposed to a course in which the learning paths have been prescribed). Tools which participants can use to foster connections with one another will be introduced. The materials and tools can be sampled and trialed as needed; there is no need to do everything suggested here.


Participants should keep blogs or wikis to record their discovering and progress through the course. This is what is meant by Me-Portfolio: a main URL where other participants can visit to link to descriptions of these discoveries.  .


This course is envisaged to function along the lines of a scaled-down MOOC (though not as massive ;-)


What is a MOOC? (Dave Cormier) http://youtu.be/eW3gMGqcZQc






By the end of this week or early next (or whenever it's convenient for you) you should be configuring your network tools; e.g.:


  1. Join the Facebook group if you wish
  2. Consider what other networks you are in already or will join (Twitter, for example) and start conversing within them about Multiliteracies (use the hash tag #evomlit)




Also you should address one or more of the following projects  
(these are suggestions; do what interests you):


  1. Explore and implemented ways of aggregating each other's blogs and wikis, etc .
    1. For example, tag at least ONE Flickr photo of YOU with the tag evomlit
    2. View the evolving photo planet at http://taggalaxy.de/, using the tag evomlit
    3. Check out this presentation for more ideas on tagging and language learning:
  2. Set up
  3. Comment on at least ONE of the readings or viewings for this week ( See Content below)
  4. Start a blog or wiki journal to track progress in this course
    1. Make at least ONE entry
    2. Tag at least ONE blog or wiki posting (or any artifact created for this course): evomlit
    3. Visit http://spezify.com/#/evomlit to see what others have tagged


Find out more about how to create your Me-Portfolio for this course here!


Content Suggestions






Bee (Barbara Dieu) has set out an excellent document on threading in mailing lists: http://edutechsig.wikispaces.com/mailinglist

She says: "The most important rule is the one-topic-per-message rule. If if there are two two things you want to talk about, send two separate messages to the list. This is because decent e-mail clients keep track of message threads, which is very convenient if you want to follow any particular discussion on a list. The list archives are also supposed to be viewable by thread, so don't break the threading. Start from a blank message when you start a new topic. Hit the Reply button on the old message if you reply to an old message."


Give some thought to your Personal Learning Environment, and the Personal Learning Network it encompasses




From "PLN Yourself" (Sue Waters) http://suewaters.wikispaces.com/

Scott Leslie's nice collection of PLE diagrams: http://edtechpost.wikispaces.com/PLE+Diagrams




This is Kim Cofino on Personal Learning Networks:

From her asynchronous keynote at the K-12 Online Conference 2009

Going Global: Culture Shock, Convergence and the Future of Education,



Download here:




Theme: Many clouds: A technological lens


This week introduces a discussion of how to see new technologies through technological lens or clouds. As teachers we must figure out what different technologies are good for and leverage that to our advantage. The focus will be on key concepts like tagging, RSS, folksonomies, and aggregation. We will introduce sample implementations using these concepts for language learning and explore techniques and tools for aggregation of content on the web.  Participants will learn to tag and configure their blogs and other web artifacts associated with this course in such a way that their content can be aggregated by other participants here.


Diigo and Delicious




Tools discussed


We'll set up crowdsource spaces where participants can suggest tools useful for the course.  These will be linked here (link forthcoming)




Events this week

See http://learning2gether.pbworks/volunteersneeded