‘Abject’ blogger reviews rMOOC

2017 summer intensive

Some thoughtful words about rMOOC from the “Abject” blog, stating, in part:

 the rMOOC site itself behaves a lot less like the venture capitalized disruptions we usually read about, instead drawing on the form’s Connectivist roots, and more explicitly modeled on recent manifestations such as DS106 and #ETMOOC. That should not be so surprising, as we are immensely fortunate to have a big bad CogDog providing his unmistakable brand of wizardry. I’ve known, worked with, and avidly read Alan Levine for about a decade now, so it’s not as if I was unaware of his gifts. Nonetheless, watching how he has so fluently drawn on his bottomless bag of tricks to match tools/techniques with the special requirements of this project has taken my admiration and appreciation to a whole new level. The site is syndicating contributions from an array of sources, invitingcontributions from multiple platforms, even publishing from email. The site is not designed to push pre-packaged learning at consumer/students. It’s hoped that that it will serve to facilitate, capture, share, and augment experiences.

Good to see word getting out there, and that rMOOC is being read for its politics and potential. MOOCs have garnered, in recent months and years, a tarnished reputation, largely earned through the activities of ‘big-box’ universities who truly are trying to monetize the form and shift away from any radical potential it may have. I’ve known many folks who grimace at the very term, assuming it harbours nasty labour politics and much much worse. But we’re hoping, at rMOOC, to do something differently. See the Abject review in its entirety on our syndicated blog page.

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