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Moodle MOOC on WizIQ
The fist Moodle MOOC in the world started on June 1st on WizIQ. I would describe Moodle MOOC as a cMOOC or as Massive Open Online Learning or MOOL. It has set learning environments like you would in a ground campus or conference area with its many buildings and rooms. The learning environments were described in my previous blog post.

Hosting a MOOC
WizIQ was kind enough to host the MOOC. MOOCs require huge servers to accommodate the content and interactions among the participants. I presume many individual educators cannot afford to host a free MOOC unless they get help from organizations. I wanted the Moodle MOOC to be open and informal without a university for backup. I was not sure whether my own server would handle the the 2 Moodle websites I had organized for the MOOC.

Roam with Educators
You are invited to roam with educators worldwide. Try the interactive syllabus for the Moodle MOOC and get immediate feedback. Participants of the Moodle MOOC are finding out that a syllabus on google drive works well in managing the MOOC.

Language is not a Barrier
Language is not a barrier when it comes to Moodle MOOC on WizIQ. Participants are using Google translate, screencasts, and video tutorials to communicate about their favorite subjects on the MOOC. Teachers from diverse cultures, whose native language is not English, are finding that they can get their point across and do the digital artifacts without having to record themselves in English.

Updates on Moodle MOOC on WizIQ
The current Moodle MOOC is in its second week. The participants are eager to learn and share their explorations, learning and teaching experiences, and findings with each other. The energy is high for sharing and learning. There seems be a need for such conversations.

Diversity in the MOOC
Diversity is part of the MOOC as the participants have joined from around the globe. Diversity is not only cultural but it’s also based on our school experiences and so our attitudes to instruction and learning. I feel that perhaps teachers are forced to dumb many kids down because of the way the schools are run – top down.

Views on Learning
I respect people’s thoughts and feelings because they are theirs and they know best. My hope is that the participants learn from what they experience on Moodle MOOC and use what they learn (negative/positive) to improve their courses/classes/programs/MOOCs for the benefit of their students and students worldwide. I hope teachers everywhere will open up and allow their students the freedom to learn.

Passionate about Learning
I love learning online because it not only offers opportunities for ongoing learning, but it makes learning so much easier. It seems that the more I use web technologies, the easier it becomes for me to learn new ones. It’s seems that this ongoing learning is making me an expert at learning.

2 Kinds of MOOCs
David Cormier and Bryan Alexander distinguish between two kinds of Massive Open Online Courses or as they coined them MOOCs. The MOOCs you hear these days are university MOOCs or sMOOCs. Dave Cormier gave a demo of uncertainly in a live online class on WizIQ that shook the whiteboard and many of the participants. Bryan Alexander is going to be talking at the first Moodle MOOC of its kind and yes, it’s a cMOOC, on June 22, 2013.

Here’s a recording of a conversation between Howard Reingold and Bryan Alexander.

I enjoyed listening to Bryan talk about the cMOOCs and compare them to the xMOOCs. I’ve been teaching for 37 years and doing my best to allow my students the freedom to learn as I wish my teachers had done with me. I love the cMOOCs because they allow me to connect for learning in meaningful and socially engaging ways. What I find disturbing is that the xMOOCs are forcing back the traditional teach content to the test model. Are we never going to leave the industrial robotic way of relating to education? I would like to see education focus on people and the passion for learning on ground or online.

 Bryan Alexander on the Moodle MOOC on WizIQ
Bryan will be a special guest on the Moodle MOOC on WiziQ on Saturday June 22, 2013 at 10 AM EST (check the time in your time zone). Bryan will be discussing online learning vs. ubiquitous computing. You’re invited to join the session and invite your friends.

Dr. Nellie Deutsch has a doctorate in educational leadership with a specialization in curriculum, technology, and instruction. She conducts research and writes on fully online and blended learning programs, presents online and face-to-face at conferences, and organizes professional development workshops to educators worldwide. Nellie is passionate about learning and helping others reach their goals. She has a relationship-based learner-centred approach to life and practice transformative learning. She consults, writes, and presents (face-to-face & fully online) on e-learning. She uses Moodle for her course management system and WizIQ education online to connect to colleagues and students in real time. Nellie is a faculty member of Atlantic University and the University of Phoenix, the program coordinator at the World Association for Online Education (WAOE), on the executive committee and reviewer at EdMedia, was on the steering committee for computer assisted language learning interest section (CALL-IS) at TESOL and is currently coordinator, moderator, and mentor at TESOL EVO, and on the committee IATEFL YLT SIG. She's manager, designer & lead facilitator of Moodle for Teachers (M4T) workshops at Integrating Technology for Active Lifelong Learning (IT4ALL). Nellie has been teaching on WizIQ since 2007. She organizes annual and MOOCs such as Moodle MOOC in November and May, Second Life MOOC in April, and Well-Being MOOC in September, online conferences such as CO09-CO14 on February, and Moodlemoot 2011-2014 in August that are sponsored by WizIQ.

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