for those who don’t know me, i help to run an intentional community house that’s sort of a “community meets bed and breakfast and event space” in san francisco.
although we do a lot of events and constantly have a lot of people through the space, we’ve been thinking about ways to bring more depth of discussion, learning and community building to the activities we do as a house. the idea came up to have a sort of 3-6 month long learning “theme” hosted by the house (for example, “oceans” or “decision-making structures.” it would be a way to tie together different types of events (whether reading group, dinner, movie night, salon, workshop, etc.) but would also be meant to feel very much like the original connectivist MOOCs a la downes/seimens (cf. this huff post article if you haven’t read it).
although the MOOC would be anchored by periodic in-person gatherings, it would be nice for it to have an online thread tying things together between these gatherings, in particular to support the organic process of “constructing and traversing networks of connections” that seems (IMHO) core to the connectivist MOOC approach (or at the very least, it’s a part i like and would want to keep ). the online component would aggregate articles and media people find, blog posts they write, social media they create, and links to the events we host - all for the sake of supporting and reinforcing the connectivist explorations.
anyway - the questions (finally!) are, does anyone have any experience with this approach to a cMOOC, and what were your experiences? do you have any suggestions or best practices for the aggregation component? as simple as a hashtag on twitter and FB? are there other methods of content contributions i’m missing that we’d want to capture?
thanks for any thoughts!