ETEC 580 Project Proposal

Creating a MiniMOOC

Verena Roberts BEd, MA

MET - Candidate

Statement of Purpose:

This ETEC 580 independent study project, will offer me the opportunity to complete a project devoted to the study of the concept of a Digital Citizenship based, miniMOOC offered to a k-12 audience. I am a 21st century parent, teacher, administrator, consultant and learner. As such, I am creating this project based on an autoethnographic research perspective, to help me discover my role in Educational Change. “...the ethnographer attempts to give a genuine representation of the populations with which s/he has been involved.” (Blanchard, p. 72, 1993)  I plan to research current and emerging trends in online education and to examine how to offer these opportunities to the k-12 audience from my perspective. I would like to focus on recent MOOC models and their possible implementation in k-12 teaching and learning. I plan on taking the role of “teaching” about Educational Technology “out” of the institutional classroom and research the phenomena of “learning” about Educational Technology in an open community. I plan to address the fear of technology in the classroom, to break the digital divide and promote students and parents as the grassroots leaders of Educational Change.

Blanchard, M. (1993) Between Autobiography and Ethnography: The Journalist as Anthropologist Diacritics. Vol. 23, No. 4 (Winter, 1993), pp. 72-81 Published by: The Johns Hopkins University Press

Objectives and Questions:

1. To examine the history of MOOC and their influence in online learning

What is Connectivism? How could connectivism be integrated into a k-12 model?

2. To examine current open online courses for the K-12 audience

What programs are currently offering free courses to students, parents, teachers ? What “design” approach do current open online courses use? (LMS or other tool?)

3. To investigate the role of the parent and student as a “learning team”

To discuss the idea of parents and students being the leaders of educational change

4.To research a MOOC modeled course for a K-12 audience

Key References or Resources:

Epstein, Joyce L. "School/family/community partnerships: caring for the children we share: when schools form partnerships with families and the community, the children benefit. These guidelines for building partnerships can make it happen." Phi Delta Kappan 92.3 (2010): 81+. Canadian Periodicals Index Quarterly. Web. 2 May 2012.

Garrison, D. R. and Anderson, T. (2011). E–Learning in the 21st century: A framework for research and practice (2nd Edition). London: Routledge/Falmer.

http://lib.myilibrary.com.ezproxy.library.ubc.ca/Open.aspx?id=7008&loc=&srch=undefined&src=0

Kop R. and Hill, A.(2008). Connectivism: Learning Theory of the Future or Vestige of the past?

International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning Volume 9, Number 3.

Retrieved from: www.irrodl.org/index.php/irrodl/article/download/523/1137

McCauley, A., Stewart, B. Siemens, G. and D. Cormier. (2010) The MOOC Model for Digital Practice. Retrieved from:  http://www.elearnspace.org/Articles/MOOC_Final.pdf

Prensky, Mark. (2006) Listen to the Natives. Educational Leadership. December 2005/January 2006 | Volume 63,  Number 4 Learning in the Digital Age Pages 8-13 Retrieved from: http://centre4.core-ed.net/viewfile.php/users/38/1965011121/ICT_PD_Online/ListentotheNatives.pdf

Rheingold, H. (2012) Net Smart: How to Thrive Online. The MIT Press. Cambridge Massachusetts.

Veletsianos, George Ed.  (2010) Emerging Technologies in Distance Education. Retrieved from: http://www.aupress.ca/index.php/books/120177

Procedure to be followed in achieving objectives or exploring questions:

I will use an autoethnographic approach to complete this independent project. This project will be based on my perspectives and my learning about emerging online learning opportunities. Researching the possibilities of a miniMOOC for k-12 learners and an analysis of what I am already doing as a parent, administrator, teacher and consultant that may affect such a concept. The project will start with a literature review of books, articles and blogs that I feel resonate with my personal vision of educational change (See Literature Review below). I will report on a Personal Learning Network that will offer an ongoing reflection of my learning. Finally, I will write an autoethnographic paper, based on ideals about my research, reflections, conclusions and aspirations for creating a miniMOOC for k-12 learners.

Time Plan for Completion: Summer term 2012

Week of May 7 - Start of the project

Literature Review: First 6 Weeks (May 7- June 21/12)

Creation of Personal Learning Network including potential Design concepts for a  “miniMOOC” June 21- July 11/12)

Paper / project, web based optional due- (August 3)

Assessment:

Based on a Rubric

1. Literature Review - 25 % (Annotated Bibliography & Literature review of at least 2 books or 6 articles)

2. Personal Learning Network - 50 %

3. Paper- 25 %

1. Literature Review:

Books:

Garrison, D. R. (2011). E–Learning in the 21st century: A framework for research and practice (2nd Edition). London: Routledge/Falmer.

Rheingold, H. (2012) Net Smart: How to Thrive Online. The MIT Press. Cambridge Massachusetts.

Veletsianos, George Ed.  (2010) Emerging Technologies in Distance Education. Retrieved from: http://www.aupress.ca/index.php/books/120177

(Select chapters from the book.)

Articles:

Epstein, Joyce L. "School/family/community partnerships: caring for the children we share: when schools form partnerships with families and the community, the children benefit. These guidelines for building partnerships can make it happen." Phi Delta Kappan 92.3 (2010): 81+. Canadian Periodicals Index Quarterly. Web. 2 May 2012.

Kop R. and Hill, A.(2008). Connectivism: Learning Theory of the Future or Vestige of the past?

International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning Volume 9, Number 3.

Retrieved from: www.irrodl.org/index.php/irrodl/article/download/523/1137

McCauley, A., Stewart, B. Siemens, G. and D. Cormier. (2010) The MOOC Model for Digital Practice. Retrieved from:  http://www.elearnspace.org/Articles/MOOC_Final.pdf

Prensky, Mark. (2006) Listen to the Natives. Educational Leadership. December 2005/January 2006 | Volume 63,  Number 4 Learning in the Digital Age Pages 8-13 Retrieved from: http://centre4.core-ed.net/viewfile.php/users/38/1965011121/ICT_PD_Online/ListentotheNatives.pdf

Blog Sites:

EdTech Talk

http://edtechtalk.com/ParentsasPartners

OurSchool.ca

http://www.ourschool.ca/parents-as-partners-webcast-building-learning-networks-with-shannon-smith/

Classroom 2.0

http://www.classroom20.com/forum/topics/649749:Topic:111819?commentId=649749%3AComment%3A112127

Center on School, Family and Community Partnerships

http://www.csos.jhu.edu/p2000/center.htm

FINE: The Family Involvement Network of Educators

http://www.hfrp.org/family-involvement/fine-family-involvement-network-of-educators

2. Creation of Personal Learning Network: (PLN)

3.Paper:

A paper, (written for possible publication) that reflects from an autoethnographic perspective the concepts studied and reviewed over the course of this 580 exploration