Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Meta MOOCing

Seeing the wood for the trees!

Meta MOOCing a phrase very much like the sign on the left can convey many meanings.  Are you about to see a column of Tolkein's Ents? Is it one of John Wyndhams' Triffids?  Or something Big and Yellow with  wheels as seen by Arthur Dent in Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy?

The MOOCing aspect and definition I touched upon in the previous blog (http://kritirecharge2012lifelonglearning.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/moocing-to-boldly-go-where-no-one-has.html).  Meta is one of those phrases is, I feel,  increasingly used for a developmental stage though which we pass to obtain a definitive understanding or product. 

As the VLE or MOOC develops and passes through a meta stage terminology becomes in itself a barrier to learning.  As part of a OFLC (Online Faculty Learning Community) we have recognised that the field dialect needs to be understood and equivalences recognised.  Sustainable Learning Communities are all about understanding the tools (the vocabulary) that enables the exchange of learning experiences.

A challenge would be to put together a frequency of use list, if on reading this you feel able to post a comment on a term you have used or seen related to  Virtual Learning Environments please do so!

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