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IoT MOOC on WhatsApp: Creating another online community

IoT MOOC on WhatsApp: Creating another online community

Screenshot taken from IoT MOOC.

I was interested to find there is a WhatsApp group organized by the MOOC I’m participating in (The IoT). The group is limited to 250 members – seems like a lot though! How is it possible to converse on WhatsApp with that many people? Seems overwhelming to me…

I think it’s interesting that the MOOC is taking the large online community and taking it out of the so-called ‘educational space’ to the seemingly more social and informal space of WhatsApp. I’m thinking that only the very interested few (few meaning 250 max.) will choose to join the WhatsApp group. 

Brainstorming…on paper.

Brainstorming…on paper.

I was chatting with Chenée on WhatsApp about her post on culture. It’s great to be able to reach out to friends on the course to discuss topics and to support each other. 

In this quick sketch, I jotted down some key words and thoughts about our first block on Cyberculture. How does online culture relate to internet culture and what is the difference between the two? What relationship will our lifestream blogs have to our Twitter hashtag #mscedc? In which online space will we create these relationships?

Image of my brainstorming sketch.