Week 1: Assignment 2 Online collaboration and networks

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In the page about Learning in a MOOC we discussed the importance of the activity ‘feed forward’.

Purpose

Think about online collaboration and networks

Task

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  • Reflect how you are collaborating online and describe what is easy for you and what is stressful.
  • Plan how to feed forward your learning experiences in this MOOC Camp and share your plan with us.
  • Think about your networks and who could profit of your learning experiences here as well.

Interaction

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34 Comments

  1. Irena Valantine

    Reflection:
    How I collaborate online: usually via email, Moodle (only with students), Messenger, Viber, WhatsApp, sometimes Wiggio, very rarely Skype
    What is easy for me: I can connect easily with the people and communicate immediately on the urgent topic. In such cases usually I communicate with the people that do not expect formal communication. It’s more quicker to share documents or photos except via emails.
    What is stressful: messages comes at any time if connected to Internet and sometimes there is no possibility to answer quickly.

    Plan how to feed forward your learning experiences in this MOOC Camp and share your plan with us.
    Have no answer at the moment.

    Think about your networks and who could profit of your learning experiences here as well.
    Hope to use MOOC in the very near future with the students. Start point will be in the frames of the project.

    irena_valantine-200x165

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    1. Jutta Pauschenwein (Post author)

      That’s a nice picture, Irena 🙂

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  2. Kinga

    Hello Everyone,

    Apologies for the delay.
    a) Reflect how you are collaborating online and describe what is easy for you and what is stressful.
    – I mostly use emails, but also OneNote, Dropbox, Skype, Viber and Whatsup.
    The reason of using that many is due to the tendency that not everybody is available on each platform, some may use one of these, the others may use 2-3-4 of these –> I like to reach a certain group or person choosing the best/fastest way at the time/ and also to maximze my availability.
    – Stressful situation can be: when people expect me to be available most of the days, on more kind of platforms, at the same time.

    b) Plan how to feed forward your learning experiences in this MOOC Camp and share your plan with us.
    I don’t know yet, I guess it will develop during the MOOC journey.

    c) Think about your networks and who could profit of your learning experiences here as well.
    I don’t know it either, I guess it will also develop during the MOOC journey.

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    1. Jutta Pauschenwein (Post author)

      Hi Kinga, yes I agree,sometimes it’s stressful for me as well when people expect me to be available most of the days on very different platform 😉

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  3. ROBERTO VECCHIONE

    Sorry for the delay. In my work of communications use Skype and email . Skype helps me a lot especially the function of the screen sharing as it makes the job faster. In my work I need a quick and easy tool to reach for everyone, for sharing you better and better goals. I am very attracted by MOOC platform, and I would like to understand more. Refer to bring this model in my way of working.

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  4. Aela

    Hello everyone,

    My online collaboration tends to adapt to everyone’s needs and methods. Usually, the collaboration is conducted via emails, but if I need a faster approach I use all applications available from skype, viber, what’s up, messenger or any other new application, for example Google Hangouts which I have not used so far but have been invited to a Conference call which is about to take place today as a part of Mooc Camp experience. I believe that in today’s growing society and fast way of life one must be open minded and except new challenges.

    At this moment I am considering various options on how to introduce others into the MOOC Concept. Probably a nice introductory video would be designed, a very interactive one, which in my opinion needs to be short and contain the most relevant information. In order to attract participants I will highlight the fact that participants from different EU countries would likewise be included and at this moment it is just an idea, I am thinking of introducing a celebrity athlete as a part of the video.

    The networks we have are mostly concentrated on students, so we would definitely feed the Concept of MOOC to our students as well, then to our teachers and athletes. Because the content of this MOOC would be designed for the needs of athletes I would focus on them primarily, but likewise I would try to include my close friends in order for them to experience online learning.

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  5. Slavenko Likić

    Good evening everybody,

    Sorry for a late answer for the second task from the past week.

    a.) Reflect how you are collaborating online and describe what is easy for you and what is stressful.

    Mostly I collaborate with other people by email. I can not say that I’m used to this new kind of learning process.
    Stressful can be when I don’t do some task in time, by internet communication, like now.

    b.) Plan how to feed forward your learning experiences in this MOOC Camp and share your plan with us.

    I’ll try to get more time and try to understand better the MOOC learning process. My plan is to find out as much as I can about this way of communication and learning.

    c.) Think about your networks and who could profit of your learning experiences here as well.

    The main learning experience could be to get in contact with many people around Europe that works at different universities, and have potential cooperation.

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  6. Lili

    • Reflect how you are collaborating online and describe what is easy for you and what is stressful.
    I usually use emails, Skype and Viber, but I do not use all the internet based platforms. But very often it can faster and efficient to communicate via internet using different communication platforms, tools – although it can happen that it takes time to learn them.
    Sometimes the first steps in use of new tools take more time than expected and I feel a bit lost and unsure, but after a short(er) period it gets comfortable.
    • Plan how to feed forward your learning experiences in this MOOC Camp and share your plan with us.
    Unfortunately I do not have any useful, practical and efficient plan yet.
    • Think about your networks and who could profit of your learning experiences here as well.
    Unfortunately I have no idea yet about sharing of my learning experiences with my students and my clients. I read our MOOC peers’ comments, posts as far as I can and based on them and used of others thoughts I try to build and structure my approach

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  7. Bence

    This is an interesting question for me, because I experienced both sides now (studying and working at a university, studying and working at a distance university with online teaching) – additionally, since I am abroad now, our collaboration in out team at work is exclusively online. I would say the only really stressful thing is if the internet does not work 🙂
    But with todays technology everything works out almost as if we would sit in the same office…we can use Skype to talk and OneNote to take notes and its just like a regular meeting and project planning scenario.

    Since we have a team of 5 in out E-Learning team and I am the only one attending this MOOC, my job will also be to share my experiences and learnings with my colleagues. Since we work via distance education and Moodle, there are some similarities between this and our line of work, so it is just interesting in general to see how a MOOC actually works, and if there are any elements and experiences that can be used in our university setting, additionally, we already have some sort of “Open Campus” where we also use similar concepts, so all in all, I think there is a lot take away from here and work it into my network.

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  8. Tomas

    For online collaboration I usually use emails, Skype and Viber. Personally I think that conversations live online it is better, because you can do work faster and more efficient, than changing messages or emails.
    About the plan how to feed forward, I dont know jet, for now I would like to know better the platform, how it works and how to best of for me. After these three weeks if it appears that this handy tool probably we will introduce it for knowledge sharing/learning to your members.

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  9. Husnija Kajmovic

    1.Reflect how you are collaborating online and describe what is easy for you and what is stressful.
    My collaboration through online is based on using all available platforms for communication. Communication is the easiest, but I’m afraid that because of other commitments will not in time to carry out all tasks.
    2.Plan how to feed forward your learning experiences in this MOOC Camp and share your plan with us.
    Unfortunately, at the moment I do not have any plan.
    3.Think about your networks and who could profit of your learning experiences here as well.
    My colleagues, athletes and I.

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  10. Andrea Landauf

    Cheerio everybody,

    So, I do not cooperate online so much, since I have my students locked in in their classrooms. When I do, I am – compared to all of you – pretty old fashioned. I use Facebook, Whatsapp and Moodle. What is stressful for me is if I have to watch to many channels at once. I don’t mind which channels I have to use, but if I have to check to many on a regular basis, then I am stressed.

    I plan to feed forward my contributions here on the platform and, depending on the topic, maybe on Facebook to maybe interest some of my pupils in the topic of MOOCs.

    Well, I hope that some of the other participants as well as I will profit from my newly gained wisdom. 
    Have a great evening,
    Andrea

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  11. Captain Elizabeta

    • Reflect how you are collaborating online
    For collaborating online I use: E-Mail, Google+, Moodle, the Box, Dropbox, and of course Skype, WhatsApp, Facebook, Viber, Twitter. The usability of all listed tools is good in my opinion. Stressful can be that many people expect I am always online and available.
    • Plan for learning experiences in this MOOC Camp
    I plan to do and try every assignment we get and to read the material interesting to me and not to worry anymore if I cannot read everything what is online. My further plan is to enjoy, to see what will come up and to learn how a MOOC works gradually.
    • Think about your networks and who could profit of your learning experiences here as well
    I am already discussing a lot with my colleagues at work about MOOCs. I will use my new MOOC experience in another project where we will develop a MOOC too. I hope that I will be able to support the Athletes which will participate in the AtLETyC project MOOC. I would like that they feel that this learning environment gives them the flexibility they need as they can learn whenever they have time and from wherever they are in the world.

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  12. Marlene

    +Reflect how you are collaborating online and describe what is easy for you and what is stressful.

    Email, Adobe Connect, Skype, Wunderlist, Owncloud, Sharepoint, Google Docs
    No problem at all.

    I am not sure if tweeting is ‘collaborating online’ – it is rather networking and informing oneself about various topics than collaborating.

    +Plan how to feed forward your learning experiences in this MOOC Camp and share your plan with us.

    Working through the materials and skimming the posts. I might in fact tweet about it (hashtag?) and feed forward learning about MOOCs with “people out there”. By tweeting I would remix material I come in contact here, for example.

    +Think about your networks and who could profit of your learning experiences here as well.

    My team. 😉 🙂 (I have already promised to share my acquired knowledge with them)
    My students (for first-hand knowledge on MOOCs)
    My clients (for improved moodle-based online courses)

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  13. Melanie

    Dear all,

    So far I have also been collaborating online via Moodle platform mainly. I also use Dropbox, email and Whatsapp. Sometimes it is getting stressful if I want to reply to every message instantly. All the software solutions itself seem very intuitive and easy to handle for me.

    As I have no further experience and am not sure what the next weeks will bring I plan to read every comment as far as possible, and go through material provided.
    I am sure my network i.e. school environment will profit from my participation and I hope that I will be able to make contributions which are also valuable to my MOOC camp collegues.

    Have a nice weekend.

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  14. Nedim Covic

    Hello from cold Sarajevo….
    Sorry for minor delay in completing the tasks
    And the answers are…
    a) Reflect how you are collaborating online and describe what is easy for you and what is stressful.
    My previous online collaborative sessions and experiences were mainly done using adobe online platform for multiple participants conferences. However, Skype, face time and windows office 365 have some advantages depending on needs. Efficient way of collaboration, and the least stressful, is by texting (viber, wats up). You can be direct honest and precise, like in MOOC platform while typing. Honestly, I find MOOC a bit confusing, in terms of organisation of bookmarks and timeline and think it should be more organised but it is learning experience for You as well
    b)Plan how to feed forward your learning experiences in this MOOC Camp and share your plan with us.
    The plan is that I do not have a plan yet. I thing the best way is to read all the comments and try to make a constructive replay based on my ideas, thoughts and previous experiences.
    c)Think about your networks and who could profit of your learning experiences here as well.
    It depends from information and ideas, firstly students might use MOOC as part of assignments and secondly businesses associates.

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  15. Tanja

    Reflect how you are collaborating online and describe what is easy for you and what is stressful.
    I mostly use Skype and Viber, FB.. Those come easy, Twitter is a bit trickier as I have a hard time getting some tweets – people write things in a very personalized manner and sometimes I have no idea what they mean by their tweets…

    Plan how to feed forward your learning experiences in this MOOC Camp and share your plan with us.
    I would like to see how this MOOC is structured, but so fat it seems quite “unstructured” – abit hard to know what the timeline is, everything is linke to everything… I would prefer to have things a bit more “linear”, so it would be clearer for me to understand what comes first and so on…

    Think about your networks and who could profit of your learning experiences here as well.
    I suppose it could be also use for athletes, who are attempting to study at a distance…

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  16. Dino

    Hi everyone,

    Reflect how you are collaborating online and describe what is easy for you and what is stressful:
    I am normally using all on-line tools as Skype, FB, Viber. We are using Moodle for our DL courses and all of this is without stress. As usual I have two screens to work on and then it is much easier .

    Plan how to feed forward your learning experiences in this MOOC Camp and share your plan with us:
    This is still for me very new and I am not sure how to plan. I was reading all your comments and can see that there is good MOOC Camp team but really not sure what would be my constructive contribution.
    Think about your networks and who could profit of your learning experiences here as well:
    We are already promoting new tool and I am sure that we can use our network for future learning experience sharing. Fo the moment I agree with Marc that we have to practice, comment and be active in responds in order to explore benefits for contribution.

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  17. Paolo Brustio

    Hello everyone.

    • Reflect how you are collaborating online and describe what is easy for you and what is stressful.
    As many other learners, I get in touch and collaborate mostly with my coworkers by means of email, but also using social networks, as Skype or cloud storage platforms as Dropbox or Google Drive. However, until now I have not experience in collaboration online regarding the online-learning. I think that online-collaboration may be a smart way to share information very quickly and to learn more on topics of my interest. However, at the same time this type of collaboration may be problematic if you need a fast answer and your network is not online or you haven’t a good or fast internet connection.

    • Plan how to feed forward your learning experiences in this MOOC Camp and share your plan with us.
    I haven’t experience with MOOC, however I agree with Marc. I think that it is useful for discussing with other learners of the MOOC. It might be helpful to share this learning model also with the younger generation, that, although born within high technology, does not use it for this purpose.

    • Think about your networks and who could profit of your learning experiences here as well.
    I think that one of the most important opportunities of this approach is the flexibility in term of time and place. That is, I can decide and choose when and where. This approach is particularly useful for busy people with little time that can decide and plan when to collaborate with MOOC both at home or away.

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  18. antonella trombetta

    Reflect how you are collaborating online and describe what is easy for you and what is stressful:

    how: skype, mail, FB, messenger, WA, recently wiggio
    easy: I can post what I need to communicate immediatly, It’s possible to communicate in uninformal way sometimes also adding images and videos that help concept sharing without long boring descriptions
    stressful: I check for messages at any time, not good out of work

    Plan how to feed forward your learning experiences in this MOOC Camp and share your plan with us.
    I don’t know, I hope to discover it during my first MOOC experience

    Think about your networks and who could profit of your learning experiences here as well.
    Researchers of my department, maybe I will use MOOC as instrument to communicate and teach them some concept of project planning and desing…

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  19. Saulius

    Hello for everyone

    •Reflect how you are collaborating online and describe what is easy for you and what is stressful.
    For collaboration i try to use email. That is stressful? Sometimes it is look that you have to be online everytime. But i prefer very stictly plan of my day.

    •Plan how to feed forward your learning experiences in this MOOC Camp and share your plan with us.
    I am not sure that I clearly understand this question. But my replay. I don’t think that just discussing with someone about that I am thinking about something would be the best way of MOOCs (or other kind of online communication) Because it would be just another way of wasting the time. But maybe MOOC let optimize daily time. So, i am waiting next week.

    •Think about your networks and who could profit of your learning experiences here as well.
    I prefer to find someone who have similar teaching or research interest and share knowledge or plan something very concrete.

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    1. Klaus Landauf

      Hello Saulius
      to your first point – of course we all have busy days, but I think we are here to see how new possibilities can work.
      Only of the period of learning.
      In my case, there is the problem how behavior of people can change, maybe with new ways or maybe not?

      your second point
      Thats my expectation of the Mooc too.
      on one hand to collect a lot of knowledge from the participants but on the other hand to motivate participants to use this new knowledge for themselves.
      Especially in the world of health promotion this should be a very important part.

      point 3
      So I am everytime interested to cooperate in new systems to teach people
      My contents where I am working is teaching people in breathing techniques, relaxation techniques – physically and mentally and
      moderate endurance sport, I am calling it neuro-phsiological endurance sport.
      This definition comes from my work with the heart rate variability and and the function of the Autonom Nervesystem during sport.
      Regeneration after training and hard days work is easy to see in measurements of the HRV.
      And which kind of endurance or other methods can be helpfulafter this strain.
      And now I am thinking about it, how I can built a Mooc around this theme.
      Maybe you are interested in it?

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  20. Corrado

    Hello everyone, I report my point of view about the three highlighted aspects:
    • Reflect how you are collaborating online and describe what is easy for you and what is stressful.
    I completely agree with Judit (“the shorter-the better”), because impressive and essential information can transfer knowledge in an attractive way (then everyone can face the personal way to go on deeper learning). As a consequence, I believe that long and not-essential information can provide fleeting message which difficultly lead to remain in our knowledge day by day.
    • Plan how to feed forward your learning experiences in this MOOC Camp and share your plan with us.
    I have no experience with MOOC, however as university teacher, I believe that the fixing of the main topics is the best way to give a stable reference along the entire learning process. In addition, the regular remarking of “bridges” among the main topics could give the opportunity to master each learning section.
    • Think about your networks and who could profit of your learning experiences here as well.
    I really believe that the MOOC approach is great for optimizing daily time. In other words, the possibility of learning in the place and hour you prefer is essential for all persons who can’t adapt to a strict schedule.

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    1. Thomas Sommerer

      Hi Corrado,
      the shorter-the-better approach is online of course essential, to not loose attention of learners.
      But to create short and informative information at the same time is often not that easy as it may seem, as you know! 😉
      Best regards,
      Thomas

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  21. Marc

    Reflect how you are collaborating online and describe what is easy for you and what is stressful:

    Most of the time I collaborate with others via email by using MS-office documents like word with track and change or excel. But I also use different online platforms to collaborate, for example to exchange documents or to post comments and to answer other comments.
    Regarding my new MOOC experience it was initially a bit time consuming searching for al the materials, timelines and contributions. But it wasn’t stressful, because I had enough faith, that all the necessary material is available on the website. In general, stressful or challenging are flawed and unreliable documents combined with a short deadline and a new online collaboration tool without manual.

    Plan how to feed forward your learning experiences in this MOOC Camp and share your plan with us:

    Feed forward means to me that I should share my thoughts, my learning experience with other participants of the MOOC Camp and that I should also cross the borders of the MOOC Camp by sharing MOOC relevant thoughts via different online medias: for example, by commenting an article in a newspaper or starting a discussion on an online platform. Feed forward also means to me discussing my thoughts and my learning experience with friends and colleagues face to face.

    Think about your networks and who could profit of your learning experiences here as well:

    I will follow other participants of the MOOC Camp and reply their comments or start discussions. Over the time of the MOOC course that will build up a network among the participants so they can profit of each other’s learning experience. It seems useful to me to network also with people, who have different thoughts, because people with same ideas and attitudes get a biased picture of the matter and rarely generate new and controversial ideas.

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    1. Thomas Sommerer

      Hi Marc,
      I think it’s a good idea to get involved in the comments and discussions, it will definitely help the learning process and the strengthen the personal connection! 🙂

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  22. Giedre Gudaityte

    Hello,

    1) Really I also agree with course participants opinion that is so much information out in the different topic in MOOC and it is very difficult to absorb all information which learners shared. If I would talk about my experience in online learning, I can say that I am always working with communication and networking in distance learning field. For distance learning I am use Moodle, Vidyo, Skype, VIPS, Facebook and other communication networking where I have the possibility to share and get information form my interesting topic. Also these internet communication tools is the good way to make discussion with experts. If we talk about stressful situation on collaborating online, I can say that is very difficult ensure a reliable source of information, because trust in online space is very important if we want to find a reliable minded people for discussion on interesting topics.

    2) What is my plan to feed forward my learning experiences in this MOOC Camp? Hmm.. it is very difficult question for me because I don’t have experience with MOOC, but i will try to answer in it. First of all my plan creating start from my goal in MOOC camp. For My participation in the MOOC camp I seeks to get more knowledge and experience in new method for distance learning way. These knowledge and experience will let me to develop a distance learning development in my university.

    3) I think I can use Moodle, VIPS ,Skype, Facebook and so on. This networiking help me share information with MOOC colleagues 🙂

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    1. Thomas Sommerer

      Hi Giedre,
      it it takes some time to read everything learners share in a MOOC! But that’s why final video chats and google hangouts of the end of a week or segment are important, because all important inputs and discussions can be summerized and discussed there, so everyone can get the bigger picture of each week.
      Best regards,
      Thomas

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  23. Michaela Ha

    Like Stephen Downes says in the video you posted – there is so much information out there that it is impossible to read all that interesting stuff that has been said on a particular topic. So, one challenge is to find trustful resources. As regards communication and networking while learning online, I have little experience but so far I found it challenging to connect with people who are potentially like-minded – with so many people joining in an open course it is already hard work and time-consuming (like Judit also mentioned before me) to read through all posts. On the other hand, I think this will become easier with time because we will ahve more experience in wuickly figuring out what we are lookign for and where to look for it.

    I think the experience in this MOOC is relevant for many more people who learn online every day without even noticing – e.g. when reading and commenting articles online; since I learn best through discussion, I would like to share the best videos and texts as welll as my lessons learnt from this MOOC with friends and colleagues – see what they think and to discuss it with them over a glass of wine 🙂

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    1. Thomas Sommerer

      I agree that one major competence in online learning, is to differentiate information into helpful and important inputs and leave other contents beside. I also think it’s helpful to share learning expiriences, like in this MOOC (to have such a discussion over a glass of wine is also a good idea for sure 😉 )

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    2. Jutta Pauschenwein (Post author)

      A glass of wine is a nice idea 🙂 and if online exchange processes spark face-to-face discussion (and vice versa) that’s nice 🙂

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  24. Judit

    Hello Everyone,

    I can be the first in the Assignment 2 of Week 1 🙂
    than complete Assignment 1, just because I already noticed something 🙂

    a) Reflect how you are collaborating online and describe what is easy for you and what is stressful.

    I can answer the second part of this question (no experience in collaboration yet): the shorter, the better…. I like Jutta’s short replies.
    That was already a lot of time to read everything and that is not easy (I would not say stressful, but not easy, certainly).

    b) Plan how to feed forward your learning experiences in this MOOC Camp and share your plan with us.
    Sorry, I don’t exactly understand the first part: did you mean my PREVIOUS learning experiences IN GENERAL?
    Or should I think about the very first days, the first actions I took already in THIS COURSE?

    c) Think about your networks and who could profit of your learning experiences here as well.
    I did so.
    And then?
    Should I / Can I invite them into this MOOC? Is it open to those we invite (in a limited number, 2-3 close collagues outside of my organisation, from outside of the project)?

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    1. Jutta Pauschenwein (Post author)

      Hi Judit! You can invite everybody to the MOOC Camp! Thats the whole idea of a MOOC – that it’s open for everyone who wants to learn 🙂

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    2. Thomas Sommerer

      Point b) refers to ideas you have to do/learn/achievie/cooperate in this MOOC and maybe also after the MOOC as well. 🙂

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