Introduction: Thank you for your interest in this course. I look forward to a fruitful learning experience. We are going to collectively explore various aspects of MOOCs and their implications on South African Higher Education.
Course Duration: 4 Weeks Start Date: 01 June 2015
Getting Started: After you have filled in the registration form, allow 24 hours for the course convener to create your account. Your username, password and any other necessary information will be sent to you during this period.
Rhizomatic Course Design: The course does not follow the conventional rules of course design. Participants will be responsible for creating the curriculum through collaboration and information sharing.
- The convener will provide a theme with links to some readily available learning resources.
- Learners can follow the links provided or search for their own learning material to address the theme.
- After or during gathering information, learners share the knowledge they have obtained on the course theme’s forum and blog as requested in the assignments.
- Learners can also submit or e-mail links to their personal blogs if they posted their understandings on their blogs.
- Learners should also read and comment on other learners’ posts. Learners should also respond to comments when someone comments on their blog post.
- At the end of the course, learners will conduct and submit a self-assessment using a pre-defined rubric which indicates the extent to which they as individuals have learnt.
- Learners can edit the course wiki found on http://moocs.org.za/wiki/. The wiki represents work in progress of the co-created knowledge which will in turn form the Course Book.
Course Social Links
Course blog: The course blog http://moocs.org.za/blogs/ is where all posts will be published (including links to external blogs).
Twitter: For quick chats use the hashtag #moocsa. Share information and links. Eventually you will make a connection with a peer(s).
Course Forum: For sharing links and any other material, the course site has an already made group, http://moocs.org.za/groups/moocs-the-south-african-higher-education-landscape/forum/
Google Plus Community: For those seeking a more familiar “group” environment, a Google+ community has also been created. This group can be found at https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/110702306072560069697
A LAST NOTE
One of the central narratives of rhizomatic learning is the idea that learning is at once a deeply personal, individual process and something that only happens in collaboration with others. We are all different, but we need each other.
By all means, push people’s ideas… please do not push people.
Connect with everyone. Try and understand what they are saying and why they are saying it. And, on the other side, understand that when people push your ideas, they aren’t pushing you. We do not need to agree with each other, to learn from each other.
 Dave Cormier 2015: Guidelines for rhizo15. http://davecormier.com/edblog/2015/04/10/a-practical-guide-to-rhizo15/
This entire document has been adapted from the guidelines from rhizo15