#Walkmyworld 2015 Connect before Content

GlynLowe.com CC BY SA 2.0. Family Walk. Flckr

Time to launch #walkmyworld. I can’t believe I am hosting what by common definition we would call a MOOC. I make fun of MOOCs. I quit MOOCs. I DON’T facilitate MOOCs.

#Walkmyworld is different. It’s an Accidental MOOC.

Must be something in the DNA because networked learning works much like a virus. We stole some learning and design principles from our previous hosts in Connected Learning MOOC– #clmooc, some values and know how from Connected Courses –#ccourses, and most of our genetic code from across the social web.

Connect before Content

#WalkMyWorld  is a social media project in which we share and connect online at Twitter using one hashtag. Groups of learners across the globe are connecting and sharing for 10 weeks using the #WalkMyWorld hashtag. They will share tweets, images, blogs, and makes.

Many of our participants have never used Twitter before. We think that’s great and we’re ready to help you play with this social media tool. We’ve developed and shared a Twitter Tutorials page on the project website.

Sara. CC 2.0. Walking Toward the Light. Flickr

We use a real soft launch for #walkmyworld. In fact in last years’ iteration we did not dive deep into content until week four. Maybe connect before content in the wrong title. Connections ARE the content of #walkmyworld

Building Bridges not Collapsing Contexts

danah boyd wrote extensively about collapsing context in her recent book, It’s Complicated . She spoke about  Meyrowitz’s (1985) idea of collapsing contexts–that we have separate audiences and fear can arise when our audiences meet.

As teachers we need to build bridges between our contexts (and I love mixing metaphors).

 

We have seen some of this fear in the faces of our students signing up for #walkmyworld. We have also seen Tweets warning audiences of collapsing contexts:

Like Kayla you may not be used to using Twitter for as a network of connected learners. Through #walkmyworld, as you share your place in the world we hope to demonstrate the power of reflective collaboration.

Still we understand your fears and want to be quite explicit on what happens to the information you share. You can read the full policy here. To sum it up the policy:

  • We may use the data in ways that are aggregated and not identifiable (total number of tweets sent).
  • If anyone is going to use something your created for something inside#walkmyworld for something outside (like in a research publication) you will be asked permission even if the data is anonymized.

(re)Defining Identity and Texts

I am beginning to think that our identities emerge where contexts collapse. Our identities are much like the earth’s crust simultaneously falling into and pouring out from the oceanic plates.

During the 2015 #walkmyworld we will no longer focus on poetry (more on that soon). Instead we will explore how identities emerge and collapse as we transverse different places and spaces.

Greg McVerry

Greg McVerry is a teacher, researcher and scholar at Southern Connecticut State University.

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