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Syllabus overview for 

Multiliteracies for social networking and collaborative learning environments


Read these documents and follow as many links as you can to understand the thinking behind newest conceptualization of this course:




A multiliterate teacher understands the many ways that technology interacts and intertwines with academic and interpersonal life, and actively learns how to gain control over those aspects impacting teaching, social, and professional development. Multiliterate individuals are aware of the pitfalls inherent in technology while striving for empowerment through effective strategies for first discerning and then taking advantage of those aspects of changing technologies most appropriate to their situations. These strategies include accessing, identifying, aggregating, processing, and analyzing a constant influx of information, filtering what is useful, and then enhancing the learning environment with the most appropriate applications.


Target audience and group sponsor


Teachers and other educators seeking to maximize potential benefits of working within distributed learning networks to increase their opportunities for learning from peers of whatever knowledge they wish to acquire. For the purposes of this course, that knowledge focuses on the tools and mechanisms for promoting the dissemination of knowledge through socially driven learning networks. The strategies and heuristics modeled in using the tools would be applicable to whatever content the teachers needed to work with, be it applicable to language learning, some other content area, or project management at the administrative level.


Course objectives


This course seeks to encourage language educators to accelerate progress with paradigm shifts in rethinking their learning environments and enhance their skills in improving and even transforming how they engage and connect with learners. This course draws inspiration from, among other sources, Dave Cormier, David Warlick, George Siemens, and Stephen Downes.


Cormier's thoughts on MOOCs have been an inspiration for this course, as have Siemens's on MOOCs and connectivism. Warlick characterizes teachers as students with especially well developed learning skills, leading to the notion of teacher as master learner. Stephen Downes contibutes insights into how knowledge propogates through distributed learning networks, and coined the aphorism that to learn is to practice and reflect, and that to teach is to model and demonstrate.  I


In this course, the moderators, experienced master-learners, will model and demonstrate to peer-participants means that they have developed using emergent technologies to enhance their own learning and professional development environments.  Moderators and participants alike can reflect on each other's practice while learning from one another.  


Cristina Costa was once asked (by Etienne Wenger) how she knew she had become a member of a community of practice.  She replied, when she saw that her practice had changed.  The objective of this course is for participants and moderators to help themselves to make the shifts in thinking needed to apply the latest technology skills learned from one another to each participant's practice of engaging others in learning languages.


Week-by-week syllabus outline (tasks and goals for each week)


The weekly topics in this rendition of the course are drawn from Dave Cormier's simply articulated video, Success in a MOOC.  Subthemes are adapted from the chapters in Mark Pegrum's book From Blogs to Bombshttp://www.newsouthbooks.com.au/isbn/9781921401343.htm,  The book is available in ebook format at nominal cost ($10 est.) and is optional reading for participants.


For each week of the course a synchronous discussion will be scheduled, see details on the Calendar below.  The calendar is compiled events scheduled for this course, as shown here: http://learning2gether.pbworks.com/volunteersneeded and also from the Classroom 2.0 events calendar which is an amalgam of the sites mentioned here: http://live.classroom20.com/calendar.html. For greater clarity, try the Agenda view.



For more detailed information, click on the links for each week:


Week 1: January 13 - 19, 2014 ORIENT

Theme - What is/are multiliteracies?  and Many clouds: A technological lens


During this introductory week, participants will register at and familiarize themselves with the course websites (wiki and Yahoo!Group) and will begin to get to know one another through self-introductions and sharing of prior knowledge. 


Participants will familiarize themselves with MOOCs, through watching Dave Cormier's videos on the topic and hearing what George Siemens has to say about them.  Cormier's second video explains how students learn in a MOOC environment.  The first 4 steps cover expectations in the 4 weeks of this course: orient, declare, network, and cluster.  The last step, focus, can be done as students leave the course and reflect on what they have learned and how their practice has changed as a result of the PPOT program.


In pursuing themes for this week, participants can read, watch, and comment on some seminal materials and consider Pegrum’s framework of a variety of lenses through which to view the phenomenon of multiliteracies.

Participants will be encouraged and assisted this first week in tracking their learning during the course on a wiki or blog (either an ongoing one or one they create for this course). 


Participants will use tagging, RSS, folksonomies, and aggregation to gather, organize, and share relevant information among themselves, as well as with other EVO sessions.   They will read and comment on Pegrum’s chapter,  “Many Clouds: A Technological Lens”.  There will be practical exercises to help participants better understand how tagging works through experimentation.


Week 2: January 20 - 26, 2014: DECLARE

Theme  Many literacies: A pedagogical lens


Participants will consider possible applications of microblogging, podcasting, and ePortfolios in language teaching and will work together to compile an annotated blogroll of interesting educational blogs.  They will create a framework for an ePortfolio.


Week 3: January 27 - February 2, 2014 - Network

 Theme  Many selves: A social lens


Participants will continue to develop their ePortfolios through the addition of digital storytelling and  a smorgasbord of other tools, including podcasts and other tools for sharing audio and text. The group will familiarize itself and catch up with what's going on at Change MOOC, http://change.mooc.ca/


Week 4: February 3 - 9, 2014:  Cluster

Focusing through all the lenses: technological, pedagogical, social, sociopolitical, & ecological

Theme Many stories: A sociopolitical lens


Participants will consider if and when one might want to bypass institutional authority to  give one’s students what they need (introduction to Edupunk).  They will continue to build their ePortfolio while identifying the most useful tools for their own situation.  They can reflect on the course and address issues that have come up in the context of Pegrum’s different lenses.  They will be encouraged to share their developing ePortfolios in synchronous or asynchronous meetings, and together we will consider  some predictions for the future of the Internet.


Week 5: February 10 - 16, 2014 Focus

 Theme - Consolidation, Exhibit e-portfolios 
Many baas & ^^^^: An ecological lens 


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