E-Learning 3.0 : Task 2

Two initial tasks have been created by Stephen Downes for the E-Learning 3.0 MOOC. No doubt there will be more. We can choose which of these two tasks to complete. I have already completed Task 1 and blogged about it.

Task 1: Subscribe to the course feeds – using the feed reader of your choice (here’s a selection) use the course OPML file (here it is) to subscribe to the course feeds. To get a badge you’ll need to show you’ve done this, maybe by writing a blog post).

Task 2: Create a task – using a blog or some other sort of online application, create a task for participants in this course. You can do this any time through to the end of the course, so be sure to specify which course module it applies to (if you are not providing a feed to be harvested, you can email the url to me (I’ll be setting up a ‘task submission form’ soon).

Reading both tasks the first one seems to focus on technology and the second on pedagogy. I completed Task 1 because I am always challenged by the simplest of technology tasks. But I think Task 2 may be more interesting and may even be more challenging to get right.

Three online sources have prompted me to think about completing Task 2. These are:

  1. Stephen’s summary of the Week 2 Topic ‘Cloud’ – https://el30.mooc.ca/cgi-bin/page.cgi?post=68440
  2. Laura Ritchie’s blog post about this topic – Building with learning #el30: Week 2 – https://www.lauraritchie.com/2018/11/03/building-with-learning-el30-week-2/
  3. A YouTube video featured in OLDaily on Nov 2nd – 5 Levels . In this video a neuroscientist explains one concept in 5 levels of difficulty.

My task for participants in this course relates to Module 2 (Cloud).



For this task you are required to:

Explain your understanding of the Jupyter Notebook for four different people, none of whom have heard of Jupyter Notebooks before:

  1. A 10 year old child
  2. A 15 year old secondary school pupil
  3. An undergraduate trainee teacher, specialising in Art
  4. A University Lecturer working in the Educational Research Department

You may present your explanation in any format you wish – Word, audio, video, powerpoint etc., but the total presentation should last no longer than 10 minutes or, if in Word, then no longer than 10 minutes reading time.

By the end of the presentation the four different people should be able to answer the following questions:

  • What is a Jupyter Notebook?
  • How are Jupyter Notebooks used?
  • Why do we need to know about Jupyter Notebooks?

Further Resources to support this task can be found in the form of videos, blog posts and readings, on the e-Learning 3 course website. You are encouraged to collaborate with others on this task, but your final presentation should be your own.

Please complete the task before the end of the course (21-12-2018) and submit it as a post on your personal blog with the tag #el30.


I have been thinking about this task for a few days, but I have written it fairly quickly, which means, that I will almost certainly, at this point, have failed to think about something.

My experience with writing assignments is that they almost always need refining after the first run of students has used them, and they may need a number of iterations before they are completely satisfactory. Ideally the assignment would be piloted before being used, and ideally there would be a choice of tasks, as there has been in this course.

Of course, if anyone completed this task I would be delighted. I would probably find the explanation for the 10 year old child most relevant to my level of understanding!

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