Growing Old Around the Globe 2013

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This 6 week Coursera MOOC starts next week June 10th – see https://www.coursera.org/course/oldglobe  The syllabus looks fascinating exploring many aspects of ageing, from biological to social.

The assessment also looks motivating. Participants are required to submit a portfolio  as follows:

Portfolio items can take any form that figuratively or substantively analyzes the question of the week. Each item submitted must include some critical analysis or interpretation. There is no minimum length for any portfolio item. Forms that the portfolio items may take include:
  • Local field video on being old and living in ageing communities and societies with written commentary from participant
  • Reflective essays on being old and living in ageing communities and societies
  • Participant generated poetry or literature on ageing and being old
  • Cited poetry or literature on ageing and being old with in the public domain submitted with written commentary from participant
  • Participant generated visual art on ageing and being old
  • Cited visual art on ageing and being old with permission to post from the artist and with written commentary from participant
  • Self generated scholarly papers on being old and living in ageing communities and societies
The MOOC format will be similar to the one taken by Prof Al Filreis for his Modern and Contemporary American Poetry MOOC (ModPo), which although I did not take, I have heard such positive feedback about from quite a few sources, including this guest post by Ian Chowcat on Seb Schmoller’s Fortnightly Mailing.
If my understanding is correct, a key to the ModPo MOOC’s success was the building of a sense of place and community, through weekly live discussions. This weekend there was a great blog post about the positive effect that the ModPo MOOC has had on a 17 year old boy with severe autism.

 

Growing Old Around the Globe will follow a similar format to the ModPo MOOC and it will be interesting to see what stories are generated as a result of the MOOC. More than 4000 have signed up for the MOOC. It promises to be an engaging 6 weeks.

 

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5 thoughts on “Growing Old Around the Globe 2013

  1. Sarah Kagan June 3, 2013 / 3:50 pm

    Thanks Jenny! We are really looking forward to OldGlobe! Sarah Kagan

  2. Cris Crissman (@Cris2B) June 3, 2013 / 5:23 pm

    Thanks so much for the heads-up, Jenny. I really enjoyed the ModPo MOOC format and look forward to this similar one plus the chance to create a course portfolio that encourages digital storytelling. Looking forward to sharing stories about something we can all relate to — ‘course some of us more than others 😉

  3. roy June 5, 2013 / 11:40 am

    Daniel’s story really knocked my socks off. Thanks.

  4. Scott Johnson June 7, 2013 / 2:11 am

    Thanks for the link Jenny. Been waiting for an xMOOC to take since Vanessa scolded me for having opinions on things I know nothing about.

    Nice quote found last night:

    “I must only warn you of one thing. You have become a different person in the course of these years. For this is what the art archery means: a profound and far-reaching contest of the archer with himself. Perhaps you have hardly noticed it yet, but you will feel very strongly when you meet your friends and acquaintances again in your own country: things will no longer harmonizes as before. You will see with other eyes and measure with other measures. It has happened to me too, and it happens to all who are touched by the spirit of this art.”

    Herrigel, Zen in the Art of Archery

    From: “Effective Teaching and Mentoring: Realizing the Transformational Power of Adult Learning Experiences” Laurent A. Daloz (1986)

    Scott

  5. roy williams June 7, 2013 / 1:43 pm

    Thanks Scott, Herrigel was the first author who opened my eyes to Zen, and here I meet him as an old friend again.

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