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Friday, November 21 • 9:45am - 10:15am
Dinner for seven: Reflections on VCU's first cMOOC

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During the Summer of 2014, Virginia Commonwealth University ventured into the MOOC space with a cMOOC called, at least, Living the Dreams. Actually, that's the short title. If this were a book (which it is, kind of), and it had a full title (which it does, broadly considered), it would go like this::UNIV 200: Inquiry and the Craft of Argument. Digital Engagement Pilot. Alternate title: "Living the Dreams: Digital Investigation and Unfettered Minds." Organizing principle: Thought Vectors In Concept Space. TLT (top-level tag): thoughtvectors (on Twitter: #thoughtvectors – see also @thoughtvectors – and, of course, thoughtvectors.net). This learning experience launched students in search of great questions and artful arguments, challenging learners to assemble their own Engelbartian dynamic knowledge repositories as they strive for "unfettered minds."

From 2001-2005, the Independent Film Channel ran a show called Dinner for Five wherein film director Jon Favreau and "a revolving guest list of celebrities eat, drink and talk about life on and off the set and swap stories about projects past and present." Riffing on that, for this OpenEd session, the team of core instructors and technologists from VCU's first MOOC will reconvene to offer thought vectors in conference space. Sitting around a table eating and drinking during the conference session, this will be a formal time of reflection on a wild and crazy learning experience, both for the facilitators and the learners. Dinner for Five was often "...an unpredictable free-for-all," and who knows what will happen during this unique OpenEd. session.

Part happening, part improvisatory theatre with the entire "audience" sharing the room (and perhaps a virtual one too), and part demonstration of learning innovation in general education, this session will be mind-bending and thought-provoking, testing and stretching the limits of what authentic, thoughtful, transformative research writing can be in the digital age

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Jon Becker

Director of Learning Innovation and Online Academi, Virginia Commonwealth University

Bonnie Boaz

Assistant Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University

Ryan Cales

Instructor, Department of Focused Inquiry, Virginia Commonwealth University
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Tom Woodward

Assistant Director of Learning Innovation and Onli, Virginia Commonwealth University

Friday November 21, 2014 9:45am - 10:15am EST

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