I’m sorry Dave – I’m afraid I can’t do that #rhizo15

I should begin with an admission of guilt: I have only completed one MOOC that I was a learner in. Yes, I have an EDx certificate. However, the open courses that I have built and facilitated I have finished, just in a different way. While this rhizomatic learning experience is pulling me in, I have a dissertation proposal that is pulling me back out.  I hope that I can hang in there for the full #rhizo15 experience. However, where the major professor calls I’m going to have to use my default line:


But what if… what if I can stick it out.  What are my goals for the course? What are my subjectives?

My last open course #HumanMOOC was all about building a Community of Inquiry online. We explored methods and tools to enhance teaching, social, and cognitive presence. This gives me the thought that I should explore community further from the learner perspective within Rhizo15. Do I feel that sense of presence from my instructor? Do I feel a connection with my fellow learner? (Yeah, I do Sarah! Thank you) And, do I go deeper down the rabbit hole (cognitive)?

My expectations based upon the “pre-week” or what I like to call Week 0 is that I will experience the presences but the development of the community may be more fragmented since there are not shared objectives, but rather we need to find our own community where we have those shared goals, ideals and interests.

So, I’m lost in this #rhizo15land in search of my own ideas regarding what I hope to learn. But as I write these words, I am reminded that in my PhD coursework, I would often have my own personal objectives that I wished to accomplish. These were not always/typically aligned with the curriculum. Perhaps this is the enlightenment that I have been waiting for… by finally reflecting on this notion of subjectives, I have realized that I have already begun doing this in my own little bubble.

-Thanks Dave, I’m afraid I might just do this!


12 comments for “I’m sorry Dave – I’m afraid I can’t do that #rhizo15

  1. April 16, 2015 at 3:03 am

    Hi Whitney,
    I think the power of this type of MOOC is the ability to make it fit within what we are already doing – finding an angle on the topic that aligns with what we already need to do – so that our other work is enriched by the community of others who engage in learning with us. So my question for you is, how can the ideas of rhizomatic learning and this community intersect with the work you already need to be doing with your thesis research?

  2. April 16, 2015 at 5:29 am

    Awesome – thanks for thinking this out loud and staring! Looking forward to having u here in whatever capacity works for u with your other priorities. Last year there were weeks some of us focused around issues happening in their own classes, own wor, parenting – even dissertations 🙂 glad ur gonna give it a try

  3. April 16, 2015 at 10:19 am

    What a great post.
    I look forward to participating with you (or not, I guess), in this process/course.

  4. Sarah Honeychurch
    April 16, 2015 at 10:25 am

    Hey Whitney – I am loving that I am getting to know you better! I have no clue (yet) what my intentions are for rhizo15, but I am sure we’ll have some in common.

  5. April 16, 2015 at 11:27 am

    I like the way you’ve explored and answered your questions here even if it’s led to more questions. For me it seems that finding personal objectives means taking some time to be quiet with oneself. What is it I want to accomplish? Very different from what do THEY or THE curriculum expect of me.

  6. April 16, 2015 at 11:40 am

    I meant “personal objectives” as a subjective response. Still thinking…

  7. April 16, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    Whitney, having just come from the #HumanMOOC experience, I have to agree that this #rhizo15 experience is pulling me in. I’m thinking that I am my own instructor in this one and I need to be present or have presence in order for the learning to occur. It’s all about control and purpose. Kevin made reference to that in his post – http://dogtrax.edublogs.org/2015/04/16/rhizo15-annotating-to-understand/.

    Patterns and images for communities and groups is a new focus for me. The twitter analytics images fascinate me and link back to something I read about Learning in flocks, hives and swarms, written by a fellow Ontario educator Rodd Lucier http://www.cea-ace.ca/blog/thecleversheep/2015/03/3/learning-flocks-hives-and-swarms.

    You don’t need Dave’s permission to run away or hide. Your impact will be felt if you are voiced or silent, engaged or disengaged, passive or active. 🙂 Helen

  8. joel bloch
    April 19, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    I wasn’t a big fan of this kind of MOOC but I thought I would try it again. I saw it as a kind of a conversation one might have in an office or a coffee shop, nothing more, nothing less. No goals, no assessesment, no certificate. How valuable it is depends on the conversation. If I don’t show up, nothing is lost (or gained)

    • wkilgore
      April 19, 2015 at 5:58 pm

      Joel –
      I bet that once you get connected to a few of the folks inside of this course you will be drawn back in on a regular basis. There is so much going on here that you can literally lurk for hours and say nothing and take away 10 or more brilliant new ideas! However, while lurking is a learning style, it is the contributions that really connect you to the community. I’m going to do my best to contribute to the conversation this year and I hope to see you sharing openly in this little/massive connected space. -W

  9. April 19, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    Best wishes for your diss work, Whitney!!! I’m one of those people who literally never even looked at my diss after I turned it in, but the letters after my name have opened doors, and I’m very glad where I’ve ended up! My situation is very similar in that I have a HUGE project I am working on right now… but I excited for the way #rhizo15 can be ENERGIZING for that experience. I participated in Connected Courses last fall (even though during the school year I was so crazy-busy)… and it turned out to be totally worth it, exactly for the good energy. I missed all that energy in the spring semester, and I am so glad to have some energy to jumpstart my summer! Whoo-hoo!
    Summer is coming! http://oudigitools.blogspot.com/2015/04/summer-is-coming.html

    • wkilgore
      April 19, 2015 at 5:56 pm

      Laura –
      Thank you for the wishes. I am finding the #rhizo15 community welcoming. I am drawn to the ideas of student centered learning where the learner creates their own adventure. I was always a big fan of those books as a child: http://www.cyoa.com/

      While I’m busy with life, this community is full of rich ideas and experiences that keep me coming back for more! I will see you in between the rhizomes.

      • April 19, 2015 at 6:20 pm

        Yep. IT’S YOUR CHOICE. A good mantra for both teachers and students. 🙂

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