Friday, August 5, 2011

How close is Window Farming to "A MOOC in Biology"?

Being curious, I recently started my window farm, despite the fact that I already have a garden.

My Window Tomatoes Photo: Linn

Here is an introduction video about window farming project:

I feel that this movemnet is close to a MOOC like PLENK2010, CCK11 or EDUMOOC. It is free and open to all to join and it is about collaboration and learning and it is a mix of people, different backgrounds and expertise. 20 000 signed up so far I think. What is missing? The hashtag? Surely not the substance? ( I just read Siemens blogpost Losing interest in social media: there is no there, there)

My Window tomatoes Photo: Linn


Dan Frendin said...

Hej Linn!

Det här liknar mycket permakultur! Där finns detta insatt i ett större sammanhang som är jätteintressant.
Verkligen något att ta fasta på inför Nk 1b.

Känner du till Permakultur?

Dan Frendin said...

En till idé:
"Pearltree" skulle passa jättebra till en MOOC!

Linn said...

Hej Dan och tack för din kommentar. Jag kände inte till begreppet permakultur så väl men nu har jag läst på. Spännande område som ligger i tiden och tror att det kan intressera unga också. Pearltree känner jag till och det har använt som verktyg av flera i de mooc jag varit med i.

Scott J said...

Hi Linn,
Yes, this might be an example of the forces that drive MOOCs.

New York and crowd sourcing projects brings to mind Jane Jacobs and her deep understanding of public interaction.

If we think of MOOCs as public spaces they can take on all the ways people interact and learn. The MOOC entry in Wikipedia is showing me the limitations of seeing MOOCs as only a class or model for "school" rather than a model for our whole lived experience.
Thanks for this posting.

Linn said...

Thanks for your wise comment Scott. It is great to still be connected to you:)

Vanessa said...

MOOCs make me think about the Jane Jacobs city model too, somewhat of Mumford's description of the organic development of medieval cities ~ and Kevin Lynch for tips in navigating them. There's a lesson there too about the pitfalls of planning, superimposing structure.

Some time back, there was a post (to a now apparently inactive mooc group) about a gardening email group resembling a mooc - got shot down but made me think about some (but not all) online groups naturally evolving into something not unlike moocs.

Both notions raise all manner of interesting thoughts (and quite and appealing notions) about moocs that I am still processing.

Linn said...

Thanks Vanessa for commenting:) I sure am learning by blogging. A while ago I added the Apture function to my blog. This means I can mark every name or word in a text and Ature will ask me: Learn more? and a small box pop up with a bit of information, usually from Wikipedia about the thing I marked. So now I´ve learned about Jane Jacobs, Munford and Kevin Lynch. And yes, what is it, that make an online group evolve and live on? It is a natural force for humans to try to connect to others but what makes a group live on? Maybe not possible to predict or..