Rhizomatic learning

Block 2, Activity 14: Comparing MOOCs

A short post for this activity, which asked students to compare different types of MOOC. I took a look at Rhizomatic Learning devised by Dave Cormier (@davecormier) which I know is about Rhizomatic learning but I am still not sure I could tell you what that is!  I then comparerhizomeed this experience to my recent adventures studying a FutureLearn MOOC Caring for Vulnerable Children.

I’ve been a big fan of FutureLearn MOOCs, I like the design, they work well on tablets, the mix of media is good and the chat/follow facilities seem to work well. They are clearly well resourced and, in the case of ‘Caring for Vulnerable Children’ the content is spot on. My background is working in social care and the information this MOOC gives participants is excellent.

Dave Cormier’s course about Rhizomatic learning caught me by surprise and I really liked it. In some ways it had a homespun feel but that reminded me that OERs don’t have to polished and branded to be of great value. Dave’s videos made me chuckle, his super enthusiastic style got my attention. Connectedness and openness seem key to this MOOC. I remain a bit perplexed about what Rhizomatic Learning is and, despite what Dave says, surely you need some defined content to a course!?! Maybe I got the wrong end of the stick, I am sure the man who coined the term MOOC knows his stuff! In any case this pared back presentation, using Twitter, wordpress and YouTube made me reflect on how creative we can be to create OERs. The corporate MOOCs of FutureLearn and Coursera are only one interpretation of this way of learning.




One thought on “Rhizomatic learning

  1. erithacusrubecula

    Hi Rob, I read your blog and having zipped past the Rhizomatic Learning site we were asked to look at (because I fundamentally always judge a book by it’s cover, or the web site by it’s first page), and went and revisited it and boy you’re right it’s great. I wish I’d spent more time cruising through it. Sadly I’m in catch up mode so I’ll have to put it on my ‘to do’ list.

    My own thoughts about FutureLearn are diametrically opposite to yours. I find it too bleak, not easy to navigate and feel that somehow I’m dealing with a shady character trying to pawn off something to me (‘Psssst, wanna have a look at some watches …’).

    Makes me think that the trick in MOOCs is how does a discerning MOOC student find the ‘good stuff’ and not just the standard corporate promotions.



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