My microethnography: Stories of a MOOC #mscedc

My microethnography: Stories of a MOOC #mscedc

Stories of a MOOC

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4 thoughts on “My microethnography: Stories of a MOOC #mscedc

  1. Another really impressive and creative piece from you Anne – thank you. It’s a really emotive arrangement.

    I really liked your comment:
    “When MOOC members go beyond participation and become teachers, contributors and storytellers, the online community is enriched and strengthened.”

    In a sense, the MOOC members are projecting themselves into the community – their experience, their feelings, their history their knowledge. In this sense the location of what is valued/what can be learned from becomes ‘distributed’.

    I also thought that one reason your MOOC might have been more participatory is the role of empathetic listening when dealing with such fraught subject matter. While we should listen empathetically more frequently, I doubt many do (certainly based on most of our peers’ experiences in their MOOCs). In contrast, one’s humanity prevents one from speaking over or ignoring sensitive subject matter, or those things very important to another (like in Philip’s MOOC). Maybe listening is the key (an idea which I must also credit to Linzi, through her posts on my blog).

    Thanks again for sharing. Your artefact construction is inspirational!

  2. This is really accomplished presentation Anne, that seems to convey a strong sense of the MOOC content, and the experience of being a participant.

    I visited the Holocaust Memorial a few years ago whilst at a conference in Berlin. It is a powerful work, and I’m now remembering the experience of walking through it as one which both restricts and afford a view – when you are low down and within the ‘grid’ of stone structures, it is actually very difficult to see other people, even if there are many others also walking though. In this sense, it seemed to be deliberately isolating people, perhaps a comment on the way ‘systems’ can do this.

    I think RenΓ©e’s comments around listening are really fascinating in the context of our MOOC studies: how can we ‘see’, or research the listening and empathy that happens in relation to a MOOC – in the case of the one you studied, these response seem particularly important for how we understand the subject matter?

  3. This is wonderful, Anne
    “I was inspired to produce videos for this micro-ethnography because of my need to be creative and because the atmosphere I experienced in the MOOC community drove me to express myself in an artistic way.” – your videos definitely created a dark, trapped atmosphere for me and the opening photograph set the scene perfectly.

    I’m guessing the ‘feeling’ of community within the MOOC must have differed from the majority of online courses being of such a difficult nature.

    It is an inspirational, sensitive presentation, thank you.

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