Community Call Notes & Video - 29 August 2013

HI everyone

Here are the notes and video from today’s call.
Etherpad was having a tantrum, so the notes are a bit thin, but it’s all in the video:







List of Projects (delete those that have no news) :

MOOC Maker (Dirk)

P2PU Homepage (Erika)

Courses UX (Dirk)

P2PU Internal Tech (Dirk)

Lab Reports (Bekka)

Communications (Bekka)

Offline MOOC (Karen)

Assessment Framework (Vanessa)

Badges platform (Vanessa)

Data Explorer Mission 2 (Vanessa)

P2PU Strategy 2013 (Philipp)

Python MOOC (???)

School of Open (Jane)

School of Ed (Karen)

School of Data (Question about how to list here - managed independently)

Music MOOC (TBD)

New Projects (Philipp)

Deeper Learning MOOC (Karen F?)


Progress (what we’ve been working on)

P2PU Strategy (almost ready to go to board) - thank you everyone for input

New MOOC project (partnership with High Tech High). This was originally a ML project, but doesn’t make sense there. Better to run with P2PU. We are getting a small sub-grant to support.


Sprint 3 well underway:

Wireframes for dashboard in design:

Will solicit feedback from community–but input welcome now

improved creation flow (image is uploaded in real time)—YAY!!!

very improved responsive design I dare you to look at them with your phone!


Post 1 of several almost finished

Data Explorer Mission

1 of 3 curriculum complete

Date finalized Oct 18-20

School of Open

Amazing presentation by Jane at CC summit


2 proposals in to MRI for next round

P2PU CSS framework

DLMOOC CSS -> CSS Framework the work will be coupled

Top navigation developed as a plugin

still needs documentation

We found archive server and it is back online

Uploaded new report (School of Ed)

Met with OKFN Open Ed team

MOU for Marcelo (Analytics)

Marisa Ponti paper on Mechanical MOOC got accepted to HICSSS - will share link

Priorities (focus next week)

Music MOOC kick-off conversation (found a great person to work with, need to get it started)

try this:


Writing MOOC–begin to wrangle the tiger team

Assessment–complete post one, draft post two

Research: JCAL call for papers, several new researchers interested in working with P2PU

Badges: research projects–reach out to Jane, SOO, Karen, Paul, Billy to see how they are using projects / any changes that need to be made

Communications - planning blog posts and messaging for next few weeks

Schedule of reports

getting ready for OKCon

Problems (walls we ran into on the way)

Not clear who is the right anchor/contact at P2PU for the “MOOCs”, e.g. Python MOOC (run by Steve Carson), Music MOOC, Writing MOOC, DL MOOC, …

Process (org stuff)

Discourse is starting to be fun - How to point more people to it, get more responses to new posters, get more of the P2PU community involved?

Ideas (on the horizon)

Philipp will go to Germany Sep/7 - Sep/17 (Speak at Lion’s Club, University Presidents’ Dinner, Wikimedia OER Keynote … and hopefully get a new VISA to the US)

Might miss a few of our regular meetings during those 10 days

Vanessa will be full time in SF starting October 15

Vanessa will be attending a conference on The Future of Work:




Discourse is starting to be fun - How to point more people to it, get more responses to new posters, get more of the P2PU community involved?

Can we cross populate to other platforms? Like post the digest to twitter / to the blog

Good idea. Also to p2pu-community mailing list for a while?

Who will do it, how will we actually do this? -? what does this mean?

Todo (Bekka):

P2PU-community mailing list -> Turn into announcement only - Bekka to announce and do the switch

Post community call notes to discourse, and send email to community list (pointing people to discourse for discussion) - Bekka to maintain / followup.


Not clear who is the right anchor/contact at P2PU for the “MOOCs”, e.g. Python MOOC (run by Steve Carson), Music MOOC, Writing MOOC, DL MOOC, …

Music MOOCS and Writing MOOC have no “point person”

What would being this person involve:

Business development: partner management / liason / recruitment

We need a project manager / Project management: Trello / d

Tech: Content on the splash page, where do you store the information, mechanics of the course

Decision around what the course would look like / design decisions

Learning: tools, timeline, models, partnership management

Weekly stand-up meetings for the project? (with VMG and one tech representative to avoid disconnects)

What would being this per

Media Lab X - A design course for new learning platforms
MAS.S70 (Special Topics in Media Technology)
E14-493 / Wed 10-12:00

Philipp Schmidt, Pattie Maes, Mitchel Resnick, Ethan Zuckerman

One way to open up the walls of the Media Lab is through online learning - connecting students and staff on the inside, with individuals and diverse communities on the outside.

Recent innovations in online learning have focused on improving instruction (the delivery of lectures and content). MLx looks beyond instruction to explore how project-based and peer-to-peer learning, practices we use every day at the Media Lab, could be supported online at scale. The goal of this course is to explore what online learning looks like, if it is invented at the Media Lab.

In particular, we will take a close look at learning with communities: helping communities identify what they want to learn and what they can teach; helping us explore learning models that are more symmetrical than traditional classroom-based paradigms.

MLx is a design course, in which students create prototypes for new learning platforms. Students will work alone or in small groups, with the support of coaches and mentors (primarily Media Lab faculty). IDEO staff will guide students through the design thinking methodology.

The course will meet weekly. It is made up of a mix of seminars to discuss relevant learning theory and literature, review recent online learning projects (and hear from the innovators behind them), and give students a chance to share their progress with each other. In the off-seminar weeks, students will meet with each other, and with coaches and mentors to work on their projects.

Final deliverable: Project teams present and demo their prototypes or mock-ups


First session: Sep 4th (Intro session)

Weekly meetings (some weeks these are seminars, other weeks students meet in project teams or with their coaches)

Time: Wed 10-12:00

Venue: E14-493

Hey @bekka - Check with @Erika how she copies tech call notes from etherpad to discourse. There is a way to maintain formatting (bullet lists, bold, etc.).

I coped them from my email, like a bananahead. So that’s why the formatting got lost. Silly Gmail. Silly Bekka.

Not for GMail but sort of related: This Script Converts Google Documents to Markdown