Come join us for the Online Research and Media Skills (ORMS) MOOC

Come join us for the Online Research and Media Skills (ORMS) MOOC

TL;DR Version: Come join, lurk, connect, share, and learn in the Online Research & Media Skills MOOC. We'll be discussing ways to integrate the Mozilla Web Literacy Map into our classroom. And...yeap...we've got badges. Join here.

Come join us for the first official running of the Online Research & Media Skills (ORMS) moderated, open, online community (MOOC). The ORMS MOOC consists of a five module open educational resource. Each module lasts for two weeks. You are free to join, lurk, share, and interact. We will share effective ways to embed literacy and research skills in the technologically equipped classroom. The course is organized around five modules: Multimodal Tutorial, Online Collaborative Inquiry, Online Content Construction, Online Reading Comprehension, and Digital Identity.

What is the ORMS Model?

The ORMS model takes a closer look at ways to effectively integrate skills and strategies needed to support all literacies in the classroom. This will involve objectives deemed appropriate by Common Core Standards, but accelerated while focusing on the Mozilla Web Literacies. The model focuses on the nature of information on the Internet and its implications for how teachers think about reading comprehension, critical thinking, and learning in a digital information age. This course will explore how the Internet poses new challenges for learners that extend beyond traditional reading comprehension skills in order to encompass these new literacies as well as the higher level thinking skills associated with them.

The three cornerstones of the Online Research & Media Skills (ORMS) Model are embedded in the middle of the ORMS MOOC:

  • Online Collaborative Inquiry – A group of local or global learners who arrive at a common outcome via multiple pathways of knowledge.
  • Online Content Construction – A process by which students construct and redesign knowledge by actively encoding and decoding meaning through the use of ever shifting multimodal tools.
  • Online Reading Comprehension – The skills, strategies, practices, and dispositions students need to locate, evaluate, and synthesize information during problem based inquiry tasks.

Who is running this?

I developed the ORMS model with Greg McVerry. The ORMS MOOC will be facilitated by students in the Instructional Technology & Digital Media Literacy (IT&DML) program. Each of the modules that lasts two weeks will be led by a different group of students in the program. They are acting as “instructional apprentices” as they lead discussions for the week. They are learning how to run an online discussion, and how to facilitate online learning…all in an open educational resource. Please be nice. 🙂

You’ve got badges?

Yes…we’ve got badges. There are a series of five badges…each badge representing work submitted for each module.

After you complete all five of the badges, you can earn the Mentor badge. The Mentor badge indicates that you are a leader in the community..and pretty much know what’s happening. As a mentor, you can bring future learners through the MOOC and award badges.

Now what?

Come and join us. Lurk, share, connect, communicate…or just borrow ideas. If you want the badges…you’ll need to share your ideas. The ORMS MOOC is available here. The Community where the discussions and connections will be held is here. The Google Group is where people will share their work after they earn badges…and that is located here. Come join us as we all learn together.

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  2. wiobyrne

    Hello all, welcome to the latest version of the Online Research and Media Skills (ORMS) Mentored Open Online Community (MOOC). The ORMS MOOC has run in different iterations over the past two years since the development of the ORMS model and the MOOC. You can check on the development of the community by following this tag.
    The purpose of this version of the ORMS MOOC is to examine ways to effectively integrate skills and strategies needed to support all literacies in the classroom. This will involve objectives deemed appropriate by Common Core Standards, but accelerated while focusing on the Mozilla Web Literacies. The model focuses on the nature of information on the Internet and its implications for how teachers think about reading comprehension, critical thinking, and learning in a digital information age.
    Typically this MOOC is offered in the summer as a way to build up the skillset for students in the IT&DML program. I teach the class here at UNH, and have students working openly online to build and share work. In this current version, I’m teaching a technology elective for students in our pre-service education program. We’ll build up some other skills during our 13 weeks together. I do hope you’ll follow along as we learn together.

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    The Syllabus
    In a typical course, during the first week, we expect to see and discuss a course syllabus. To that end…here is the syllabus.

    There are no course materials to purchase for the class. All materials are included on the ORMS MOOC. There are also a couple of extra links that I share on the syllabus. I’ll also include more info in weekly blog posts. To follow the blog posts, you can follow the #ormsmooc or #ed6671 hashtag I’ll use on all blog posts…and content shared on social media. In your work, you’re expected to also post your work to your blog…and share out to social media using the #ormsmooc and #ed6671 hashtags. More on that later.
    Assignments
    There are two major threads of work in this class. The first involves completing all five modules of the ORMS MOOC and applying for the digital badge for each module. The second thread involves you completing the networked learning project. All of your work is to be shared out on your blog. I’ll weekly post (on this blog) guidance and expectations…and my reflections of your work. It is your responsibility to follow the posts…and keep up with the work. If needed, we can set up some open office hours using Google Hangouts-on-Air.
    Your 100% of course credit is doled out in the following fashion:
    Online reflective blogging (15%) – You are expected to create your own blog and post openly for this course. You will be posting openly online, and we will discuss the expectations of ramifications that exist as you complete your work openly online. You should expect to post a minimum of twice per week to your blog. Each post should be around 300 to 400 words long and include relevant multimodal content. If you feel like you’re writing too much for one post (much like I will for this post) please break your ideas up into smaller, meaningful posts. You should also plan on reading, and responding to the posts that your colleagues share. No one likes to post in silence.
    Philosophy statement (10%) – You will write and publish a philosophy statement of your thinking about teaching, learning, and thinking. You might consider writing and publishing a traditional philosophy statement like the one I completed for my comps. I would urge you to think a little outside of the box and try something new. Check out the two examples of my credo that I completed using Mozilla Popcorn. The best idea might be to start with a simple written piece…and then try something new using digital texts and tools. By all means…please don’t write something as long as the philosophy statement that I wrote.
    Complete all elements of the ORMS MOOC (40%) – To complete the work for each module you’ll read and reflect the materials listed on the MOOC. You select the materials that you want to read. I also think you should look outside and find other work online to read. Search and sift through online text to help you explore the ideas. We’ll talk more about this later on.
    Networked learning project (35%) – In this activity you are to teach yourself something new using the Internet as a text. I honestly don’t care what you decide to teach yourself. Pick something that interests you…and you’ve always wanted to learn it. You will use the Internet as text, and assess your own learning. We’ll have more on this in future posts.
    Learning together openly online
    In this class we will learn together using the Internet and social spaces as our classroom. I want you to forget expectations of online classes as we identify new opportunities for teaching and learning. I want you to have fun and play with these new paradigms as we consider what the future of your classroom should hold.
    Keep in mind that we’re all learning and interacting together openly online. I’ll post all course materials openly on this blog and share it out through social networks to my personal learning networks. There might be a couple of people that join in our learning…or merely keep an eye on us and lurk in the classroom. That is awesome. You will also be posting to your blog and building up your digital identity. Other learners might also check out your posts and learn from you. That is awesome squared.
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    All I ask is that you make decisions about the digital identity you want to create online, and the digital footprints you’ll leave behind as you create this identity. If you decide at any point that you do not want to share something…please contact me. If you want to talk more about the decisions made as you create and share online…please also get in touch. These are discussions that we could and should be having.
    Thanks again. I’m looking forward to learning together with you all.
     
     
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  3. wiobyrne

    Welcome to week three of the Online Research and Media Skills (ORMS) Mentored Open Online Community (MOOC). The ORMS MOOC has existed in different iterations over the last two years. This current version is developed as an open learning experience for students in ED 6671 (syllabus here). ED 6671 examines opportunities for the use of instructional technologies in an educational context. We’ll not only discuss what to use in your classroom…but also how to use it.
    In week three of the ORMS MOOC we’ll slowly shift over to the use of the website used for the MOOC. You can learn more about the ORMS MOOC here…and you can access the website for the MOOC here. This week we’ll start working in Module 1: Multimodal Tutorial. Each module lasts two weeks…you can work at your own pace. On the syllabus it has blog posts listed as being due this week, or next week. The truth is that you can submit your assignments at any point this week or next.
    How to use the MOOC
    To get started for this module (which lasts two weeks) you click here to get to the opening page for Module 1. On that opening page I list the learning outcomes, learning standards, a pre-survey, and a short intro video showing how to get through the module. On the Readings tab and Videos tab I list numerous texts that I think you should review. You do not have to review everything…you chose what you want to read/watch. You might also research online and find other things to read/watch/discuss.
    Responding to Module 1 of the ORMS MOOC
    During Module 1, you have two blog posts. Post one is a response/reflection to the prompt on the syllabus and the Discussion and Badges page. In your blog posts and responses to this module, please be sure to link out to anything and everything that you reviewed during the module. It is suggested that you use Storify to document your learning throughout the module. Let us know what you read, your reflections about what you read, and how it will now inform your thinking and practice.
    Share your post out to the Google+ Community, and out to your favorite social networks. Be sure to use the hashtags (#ORMSMOOC and #ed6671).
    Badges for Module 1 of the ORMS MOOC
    At the conclusion of Module 1, you are to complete materials and pledge/apply for the Multimodal Tutorial Exemplar Badge.
    To earn the badge for Module 1, you need to complete the following:
    Review all directives for the badge as detailed in the badge metadata on the badge page.
    Develop materials for a multimodal tutorial you would use with your students. The template for the multimodal tutorial is available here. Examples of other multimodal tutorials are available here. I’ll have more info about the multimodal tutorial in a post next week. For now…start to consider a digital text or tool you would like your students to use.
    Share your multimodal tutorial and any relevant links in a blog post. You might also choose to list these materials on your classroom website or learning hub.
    You should share this point out to the Google+ Community and your favorite social networks and use the #ORMSMOOC and #ed6671 hashtags. You’ll also need to leave a link to your work in the ORMS MOOC Google Group. This is how we’ll keep keep track of the badges…but we’ll talk about that later.
     
    So for now…just start reading the materials for Module 1. Start to put your materials together for the reflective posts. Think about a digital text or tool you would like to use with your students in a larger unit. I’ll detail the requirements for the multimodal tutorial next week.
     
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  4. wiobyrne

    Welcome to week five of the Online Research and Media Skills (ORMS) Mentored Open Online Community (MOOC). The ORMS MOOC has existed in different iterations over the last two years. This current version is developed as an open learning experience for students in ED 6671 (syllabus here). ED 6671 examines opportunities for the use of instructional technologies in an educational context. We’ll not only discuss what to use in your classroom…but also how to use it.
    In week five of the ORMS MOOC we’ll move on to Module 2 of the ORMS Model. Once again, you can learn more about the MOOC here…and access the actual MOOC here. This week we’ll start looking at learners as they collaborate and co-construct information together. Module 2 is listed as Online Collaborative Inquiry and we’ll be thinking about students individually and collaboratively learning and using online information.
    Each module lasts two weeks…you can work at your own pace. On the syllabus it has blog posts listed as being due this week, or next week. The truth is that you can submit your assignments at any point this week or next.
    How to use the MOOC
    To get started for this module you click here to get to the opening page for Module 2. On that opening page, I list the learning outcomes, learning standards, a pre-survey, and a short intro video showing how to get through the module. On the Readings tab and Videos tab I list numerous texts that I think you should review. You do not have to review everything…you chose what you want to read/watch. You might also research online and find other things to read/watch/discuss.
    Responding to Module 2 of the ORMS MOOC
    During Module 2, you have two blog posts. Post one is a response/reflection to the prompt on the syllabus and the Discussion and Badges page. In your blog posts and responses to this module, please be sure to link out to anything and everything that you reviewed during the module. It is suggested that you use Storify to document your learning throughout the module. Let us know what you read, your reflections about what you read, and how it will now inform your thinking and practice.
    Share your post out to the Google+ Community, and out to your favorite social networks. Be sure to use the hashtags (#ORMSMOOC and #ed6671).
    Badges for Module 2 of the ORMS MOOC
    At the conclusion of Module 1, you are to complete materials and pledge/apply for the Online Collaborative Inquiry Exemplar Badge. I’ll talk more in the next day or two to figure out what you need to do for the badge for this module. For now…just review the contents in Module 2 and start developing your Reflection post response.
     
     
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    Welcome to week six of the Online Research and Media Skills (ORMS) Mentored Open Online Community (MOOC). The ORMS MOOC has existed in different iterations over the last two years. This current version is developed as an open learning experience for students in ED 6671 (syllabus here). ED 6671 examines opportunities for the use of instructional technologies in an educational context. We’ll not only discuss what to use in your classroom…but also how to use it.
    In week six of the ORMS MOOC we’ll complete our work in Module 2 of the ORMS Model. Once again, you can learn more about the MOOC here…and access the actual MOOC here. Each module lasts two weeks…you can work at your own pace. On the syllabus it has blog posts listed as being due this week, or next week.
    Online Collaborative Inquiry
    This module we have been looking at Online Collaborative Inquiry and thinking about how to encourage our students to collaborate and co-construct (online and offline) information together. We’re really talking about social constructivism and active knowledge construction…powerful learning.
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    At this point in the module, you should have already read/viewed all (and then some) of the materials I shared. You should have shared your reflection out on a blog post and reviewed the work of others.
    To obtain the badge and complete this module, you’ll need to think about possible ways to integrate online collaborative inquiry into your classroom. You’re the expert of your content area…your grade level…your students. If you want your students to engage in this activity…how would you do it?
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    For the Online Collaborative Inquiry badge, develop a lesson plan, supplemental materials, handouts, videos, etc. Develop any & all materials that you would use with your students that teach this in your classroom. Embed all of this content on your blog or website. Build and share everything in a manner or format that would make sense to use as a teaching material. This means that you’re writing it for your students. Build this as if you would actually use it in your lessons.
    After you have built it up, please share it out online. Share it out on your various social networks and in our Google+ Community. After you’ve completed up to this step…go ahead and submit it in our Google Group to earn the badge for this module.
    I’ll leave in below the specific details that I share in the metadata for the badge. If you’re thoroughly confused…please ask a question in the comments/questions below. Ask questions in the various social networks. Also, take a look at the work already shared by your colleagues.
    Specifics shared in the badge metadata for the Module 2 badge
    To receive the badge you must complete the following:
    Read and review all materials in Module Two of the ORMS MOOC.
    Respond to the “Biggest Takeaway” and the Reflection question for the module in the Google+ Community.
    Develop a learning example of online collaborative inquiry as defined in the module and share in the appropriate area of the Google Group.
    Submit your project for your badge in the Google Group. Your work will be reviewed in your thread and if approved, you will be awarded the badge. Make sure you include the email you want the badge sent to in your Google Group thread.
    Project materials submitted to receive a badge in the ORMS MOOC cannot be used to apply for another badge in the ORMS MOOC.
     
     
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  6. wiobyrne

    I put together a video overview in which I talk through some of the elements of the Online Research and Media Skills (ORMS) Mentored Open, Online Community (MOOC).
    The ORMS MOOC examines opportunities for the use of instructional technologies in an educational context. We’ll not only discuss what to use in your classroom…but also how to use it. My thinking is that if you can say that you’ve embedded all three cornerstones of the ORMS model (online collaborative inquiry, online reading comprehension, online content construction) in your classroom…I think you’ve authentically, effectively embedded instructional technologies.
    The video below shares all of the information I have been sharing over these threads. This video is meant to act as a supplement for participants that don’t learn simply by reading my long, boring blog posts.
    You can learn more about the MOOC here…and access the actual MOOC here. Enjoy.
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  7. wiobyrne

    Welcome to week seven of the Online Research and Media Skills (ORMS) Mentored Open Online Community (MOOC). The ORMS MOOC has existed in different iterations over the last two years. This current version is developed as an open learning experience for students in ED 6671 (syllabus here). ED 6671 examines opportunities for the use of instructional technologies in an educational context. We’ll not only discuss what to use in your classroom…but also how to use it.
    In week seven of the ORMS MOOC we’ll complete our work in Module 3 of the ORMS Model. Once again, you can learn more about the MOOC here…and access the actual MOOC here.
    Online Reading Comprehension
    This module we’ll be looking at Online Reading Comprehension. Online reading comprehension has been identified by the New Literacies Research Lab as including five skills: questioning, locating, evaluating, synthesizing, and communicating. More to the point, I whittle online reading comprehension down to the skills and strategies we use as we search, sift, and synthesize online texts.
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    During this time period I recommend that you read, view, and synthesize all of the readings and videos as well as the lecture that I shared. I would also recommend searching online to find what others say about online reading comprehension. Write up a blog post reflecting about what you’ve learned
    Write up a blog post reflecting about what you’ve learned. What could/should online reading comprehension look like in your classroom or discipline?
    Responding to Module 3 of the ORMS MOOC
    During Module 3, you have two blog posts. Post one is a response/reflection to the prompt on the syllabus and the Discussion and Badges page. In your blog posts and responses to this module, please be sure to link out to anything and everything that you reviewed during the module. It is suggested that you use Storify to document your learning throughout the module. Let us know what you read, your reflections about what you read, and how it will now inform your thinking and practice.
    Share your post out to the Google+ Community, and out to your favorite social networks. Be sure to use the hashtags (#ORMSMOOC and #ed6671).
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    Badges for Module 3 of the ORMS MOOC
    At the conclusion of Module 3, you are to complete materials and pledge/apply for the Online Reading Comprehension Exemplar Badge. I’ll talk more in the next day or two to figure out what you need to do for the badge for this module. For now…just review the contents in Module 3 and start developing your Reflection post response.
     
     
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    Welcome to week nine of the Online Research and Media Skills (ORMS) Mentored Open Online Community (MOOC). The ORMS MOOC has existed in different iterations over the last two years. This current version is developed as an open learning experience for students in ED 6671 (syllabus here). ED 6671 examines opportunities for the use of instructional technologies in an educational context. We’ll not only discuss what to use in your classroom…but also how to use it.
    In week nine of the ORMS MOOC we’ll start our look at Module 4 of the ORMS Model. Once again, you can learn more about the MOOC here…and access the actual MOOC here.
    Online Content Construction
    This module we’ll be looking at Online Content Construction. Online Content Construction was an area that I started to define in my dissertation and subsequent research. I wanted to create a guide for educators as they considered the skills and strategies students used to write, compose, or create digital content. I labeled this as students encoding and decoding meaning by constructing, redesigning, and reinventing texts.
    During this time period I recommend that you read, view, and synthesize all of the readings and videos as well as the lecture that I shared. I would also recommend searching online to find what others say about online content construction. Write up a blog post reflecting about what you’ve learned.
    Write up a blog post reflecting about what you’ve learned. What could/should online content construction look like in your classroom or discipline?
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    Responding to Module 4 of the ORMS MOOC
    During Module 4, you have two blog posts. Post one is a response/reflection to the prompt on the syllabus and the Discussion and Badges page. In your blog posts and responses to this module, please be sure to link out to anything and everything that you reviewed during the module. It is suggested that you use Storify to document your learning throughout the module. Let us know what you read, your reflections about what you read, and how it will now inform your thinking and practice.
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    Share your post out to the Google+ Community, and out to your favorite social networks. Be sure to use the hashtags (#ORMSMOOC and #ed6671).
    Badges for Module 4 of the ORMS MOOC
    At the conclusion of Module 4, you are to complete materials and pledge/apply for the Online Content Construction Exemplar Badge. I’ll talk more in the next day or two to figure out what you need to do for the badge for this module. For now…just review the contents in Module 4 and start developing your Reflection post response.
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    Welcome to week eleven of the Online Research and Media Skills (ORMS) Mentored Open Online Community (MOOC). The ORMS MOOC has existed in different iterations over the last two years. This current version is developed as an open learning experience for students in ED 6671 (syllabus here). ED 6671 examines opportunities for the use of instructional technologies in an educational context. We’ll not only discuss what to use in your classroom…but also how to use it.
    In week eleven of the ORMS MOOC we’ll start our look at Module 5 of the ORMS Model. Once again, you can learn more about the MOOC here…and access the actual MOOC here.
    Digital Identity
    This module we’ll begin to look at your Digital Identity as we close up our time in the ORMS MOOC. We’re interested in the decisions you make as you thoughtfully create and curate your online educational “brand” as you start to build an online learning management system. In this module, we’ll think about how you scaffold students using design elements of digital texts and tools.
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    During this time period I recommend that you read, view, and synthesize all of the readings and videos as well as the lecture that I shared. I would also recommend searching online to find what others say about digital identity. Write up a blog post reflecting about what you’ve learned.
    Write up a blog post reflecting about what you’ve learned. What could/should online content construction look like in your classroom or discipline?
    Responding to Module 5 of the ORMS MOOC
    During Module 5, you have two blog posts. Post one is a response/reflection to the prompt on the syllabus and the Discussion and Badges page. In your blog posts and responses to this module, please be sure to link out to anything and everything that you reviewed during the module. It is suggested that you use Storify to document your learning throughout the module. Let us know what you read, your reflections about what you read, and how it will now inform your thinking and practice.
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    Share your post out to the Google+ Community, and out to your favorite social networks. Be sure to use the hashtags (#ORMSMOOC and #ed6671).
    Badges for Module 5 of the ORMS MOOC
    At the conclusion of Module 5, you are to complete materials and pledge/apply for the Digital Identity Exemplar Badge. I’ll talk more next week to figure out what you need to do for the badge for this module. For now…just review the contents in Module 5 and start developing your Reflection post response.
     
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