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Uncovering the design principles and patterns of MOOCs
Uncovering the design principles and patterns of MOOCs

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2nd #MOOCDesign workshop
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Thanks +Ignatia/Inge de Waard. +Stephen Downes refers to #designpatterns  and +Diana Laurillard 's in slide  11. +Diana Laurillard had explored #designpatterns  in her book and we did in ours: The examples on slides 12 and 13 are close to proto-patterns. Perhaps +Stephen Downes would find our #moocdesign  project interesting? 
I would take an issue with slide 30. Very interesting, and important argument - and very timely in relation to #MOOCs . Bird formations are designed by evolution: not the actual pattern, which is dynamical, but the simple rules of behaviour which make it possible. There's a great analogy to #MOOCs , except that there we're talking about artificial systems, and hence we have a responsibility to design them. Emergent behaviour will not emerge out of chaos, only out of carefully managed chaos. 
As for slide 52, I have an issue with the analogy between neural networks and social networks. Neurons are governed by complex electro-chemical interactions, but have no autonomy. Humans in online social networks are governed by pathetically simplistic interaction mechanisms, but have autonomy. Both are complex, dynamic systems - but they are very, very different. Neural networks have evolved to be amazingly powerful pattern recognition machines. See: Online social networks are good at generating patterns, e.g. #MEMEs , not necessarily at spotting them. This is the root cause of bubbles - whether market bubbles or filter bubbles.

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If you couldn't attend our 2nd workshop (, but you're trying to stay in the loop - we're 
doing the pattern-mapping activity now:

expect some maps in the ILDE soon (, and let me know if have a go at it yourself!

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This is the first workshop of the "MOOC Design" project:

Prior to this workshop, we will collect design narratives of MOOC participants, facilitators, developers and stakeholders. At the workshop we will review these narratives and extract recurring patterns of challenges and the possible methods of their resolution.
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