A question for the Ed Startup 101 participants

I took part in the Mooc about Mooc’s earlier this month. It was only one week long, but in that short time the facilitators managed to create a strong sense of community among the participants.

They did this, in part, by giving a relatively open ended assignment on Monday then breaking us into groups of 50 to work collaboratively on shared google docs. The submission of the documents was followed by a lively twitter social hour.

It was fast, chaotic and disorganized, but it created a sense of community and resulted in some nice collaborative artifacts in the form of the google documents.

Next weeks assignment for the Ed tech 101 class offers an opportunity to explore The Ed Tech Startup Space as a group. Working in groups will give us the opportunity build some connections and gain a better feel for where each of us are coming from.

One idea would be to follow the MOOCMOOC model: break into groups and address an open ended question such as “what is an ed tech startup?”

Alternatively we could form groups to look at some or all of the nine companies listed in the space page through the filters we are going to use on our own ideas later in the course (idea, pain, solution etc).

Anyone interested in doing this? Leave a comment here or on the Ed Start up site.


snapshot of activity at #moocmooc using tweet abundance

I am intrigued by the potential for twitter activity to indicate engagement and participation in a cMOOC. It is too soon to tell, but if twitter is a good indicator of participation, what will happen to tweet abundance and average tweet per person over the course of the short week long moocmooc course?

It is too soon to tell, but here is a first snapshot of twitter activity binned in 15 minute intervals by day from August 8th through 1:30 pm EST today, August 14th. The course officially started on August 12th.

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So far tweet activity is increasing day over day.

There were 869 tweets on day one and 1108 tweets on day two. Day three is not over yet, but tweet’s are up by about 10% over the same time yesterday.

The daily twitter socials are quite apparent in the data. There were 504 tweets between 5:30 and 6:30 on Sunday and 554 tweets over the same two hour interval on Monday.