I have just started a MOOC run by the MIT Media Lab called “Learning Creative Learning”. This course is the first “MOOC” that the Media Lab has tried and so far we have been divided up into small groups based on similar time-zones. My group is therefore made up of people from the U.K., Ireland and Portugal.
The groups run through Google Plus and my group LC-380 have all introduced ourselves to each other and joined the online community.
Yesterday (Monday 11th February) I watched the opening lecture of the course given by Professor Mitchell Resnick
assisted by Philipp Schmidt and Natalie Rusk.It was a live lecture on Google Plus Hangouts.
I have been a longtime fan of the MIT Media Lab which was co-founded by one of my all-time educational heroes, Seymour Papert.They are still using Papert’s “Constructionist” philosophy which I read about many years ago in his book “Mindstorms“.
Mitchell Resnick, the leader of the course, was a student and disciple of Papert’s and he supervised the introduction of an exciting development of Papert’s “Logo” computer language called “Scratch” which I have written about in an earlier post.
In this course we will be looking at exciting developments at the Media Lab such as “Scratch” and “Makey Makey” . We will be focussing on “learning” throughout and seeing how a “Constructionist” approach really works.
This is my third MOOC and so far the one I am most excited about. I will report what I learned at the end of the course…I expect it could be a long post!