The #EDCMOOC Conveyer Belt and Other Massive Metaphors

I participated in the #edcmooc week 2 Twitter chat yesterday. It felt like watching a conveyer belt that never stopped moving, a metaphor shared by @stevemac121 in response to the following question:

Q4: How would you characterize your experience in the MOOC thus far: is it a class, a network, or would you describe it otherwise?

Screen Shot 2013-02-10 at 3.48.39 AM Other metaphors included journey, adventure, matrix, pandora’s box, incidental learner’s paradise, learning network, classy network, shopping cart, rapid flow, community, maze, digital workshop, open space conference, fountain of info/resources, lemmings jumping off cliff into pool and a green light.

My responses to this question included:

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After the chat I caught up on some Week 2 reading including the Rebecca Johnston (2009) article that explores internet metaphors. This inspired me to create a couple of digital artifacts representing some of the metaphors for students’ experiences of the MOOC

#EDCMOOC Metaphors

Haiku Deck: E-learning & Digital Cultures MOOC

Storify: Metaphors: E-learning & Digital Cultures MOOC

What has your experience been like in this or other MOOCs?

What metaphor would you use?

 

Other Artifacts from Twitter Chat

TAGSExplorer (Social Network Analysis meets Twitter Archive)

Full log of #edcmchat via @danishbuddha

Reference

Johnston, R (2009) Salvation or destruction: metaphors of the internet. First Monday, 14(4). http://firstmonday.org/htbin/cgiwrap/bin/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/2370/2158

Photo Credits

Conveyer Belt

Metaphor

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3 thoughts on “The #EDCMOOC Conveyer Belt and Other Massive Metaphors

    1. Sorokti Post author

      An ecosystem is a powerful metaphor Felicia. Thank you for continuing this dialogue in the collaborative brainstorm! I’ve added a new ecosystem slide to the Haiku Deck and Storify. I also added the collaborative brainstorming to Storify. The Google form gets embedded into the storify story. Nice!

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