G+ and MOOC Learning Model??

Re-posted from my G+ space on February 24, 2013 12:49 PM as record of my thought process:

I have two questions… My brain is having a hard time figuring out how dialogs manifest in G+…

For instance, look at this post (February 24, 2013 12:49 PM). It started as a post where I had shared a link from Meg Tufano and I endorsed the content of that link. The dialog, however, progressed to become a three-way conversation, but with each of us focusing on a slightly different angle.

An even BETTER example is the post by Laura Gibbs from yesterday February 23 at 2:06pm, which blossomed into a 38-comment full blown forum, where then George Station pointed out that there was another discussion of 59-comments that had grown from a post that Justin Scoggin began on February 22, and was actually a commentary / re-post from Larry Press.

Please bear with me… I have a point to make here.

I am VERY interested to examine how LEARNING actually takes place HERE in this vast terrain we call G+… it is EVIDENT that the methodology of “learning” here is quite different than what we find in “traditional” models. The “learning” that is taking place HERE in G+ involves interaction, internalization, and application – which on the surface does not seem any different from other models of teaching-and-learning. However, the SPEED, the BRANCHING (off into tangents), the SCOPE (of related topics), and the REACH (geographic location of participants involved), is definitely NOT the same as any “typical” higher ed type model.

The debate that was so vehemently argued out yesterday in the three threads (initiated by Laura Gibbs, Justin Scoggin and George Station) was AMAZING. And even MORE amazing, is that such debates (or discourses) occur DAILY and CONTINUOUSLY here in G+, and that they HAVE BEEN occurring for some years now.

The fact that OF LATE, administrators and policy makers have BEGUN TO REALIZE that cMOOC’s are able to MIRROR these types of interactions, is an interesting development. Thank you to Marc Schanu for bringing up some articles that highlight the quest for finding a good MOOC model. On that note, perhaps this phenomena should also be incorporated into professional development programs? (reference to  Doug Holton’s shared article yesterday).

Which brings me to my two questions:

(1) What is the LEARNING MODEL in this G+ space? Has anyone studied it (yet)? If anyone knows of any studies, please share.

(2) Since (at present) the whole definition of “cMOOC” is still amorphous anyway, given the “massive open online” learning nature of this G+ community, would it be fair to say that this G+ space is also a “MOOC”? … Should the term MOOC be redefined as “Massive Open Online COMMUNITY = MOOC”?

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