Concept Experience #4


Before the class started, we asked you to sign up for Twitter. There has been a great conversation happening there about this course. If you haven’t been keeping up with what course participants are saying, search Twitter for #thoughtvectors and read what you have missed. Since a Tweet is never more than 140 characters, it’s not too hard to get caught up on the conversation.

This week, we are asking you to get more involved in the Twitter conversation in a way that will illuminate Ted Nelson’s ideas in the reading,  facilitate more feedback, and help you develop your thinking about your inquiry proposal and the project as a whole.

In sum, Nelson talks a lot about curation, and your assignment is to curate tweets about inquiry projects so that you can accomplish the following:

1. See what other’s are studying for their inquiry projects

2. Give and receive feedback on inquiry proposals

3. Begin to form research groups to share sources and give feedback as you write and create.

4. Learn to use Twitter for research and inquiry

The following assignments will help you achieve these four goals.

Before you begin, update your Twitter profile to include an avatar (a pic of something is required) and  a link to your blog. In addition, identify your Diigo library for others. Diigo is about sharing too! We encourage you to fill out your profile as much as you want.

This JUST ADDED on 7/2 at 12:40pm: Check out what these two students in another section were able to do through this Twitter assignment! This is your goal too!

Click the pic to see it better!

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Tuesday: Read Inquiry Proposals and TWEET!

1. Introduce yourself to an open participant by mentioning them (the @ sign and their twitter handle will form a link) in an introductory tweet. You know how to find them already: Go to, click on All Blogs, click on Open Participants. Find an open participant whose interests seem compatible with yours, and mention her or his twitter handle in the tweet as well as #thoughtvectors and #blogparty. In the characters that remain, describe your own project to them and request feedback, help, comments, etc. Be polite and entice the reader to work with you. Of course, you MUST include a link to your inquiry proposal for them to read. That’s the whole point. You only get 140 characters, so be creative in how you squeeze it all in there.

To shorten a URL, try Google URL Shortener. It only takes a few seconds and will buy you extra Twitter characters.

Note about open participants: as you know, they are here to learn, not to receive credit.  Thus, they follow along with the course but may or may not do all the assignments. This is normal in MOOCs. They like to participate, so we think you and the open participants will enjoy this part of the experience since it’s the first opportunity for VCU student to directly connect with them. We are especially curious how their feedback will differ from that which you receive from your peers.

2. Find three VCU students (in your section and/or others) whose interests for the inquiry project seem MOST compatible with yours.  You will need to have read inquiry proposals to do this (and that was assigned earlier this week).  Mention these three students in one or a series of tweets in which you comment on their proposals and ask for feedback in return. Don’t forget to include: 1) link to your blog; 2) #thoughtvectors; and 3) #blogparty

To find a VCU student’s Twitter handle, go HERE

Wednesday: Engage with Your Group
Search for both #thoughtvectors and the open participant and the VCU students and reply  to their tweets if you have not already. Engage them in conversation. You might note any commonalities between your own project and theirs; you might ask specific questions; you might make further suggestions–you decide. You are trying to form a research group for support throughout the rest of the course–possibly containing open participants but you probably mostly the VCU students. Engage with your group on Twitter until you are satisfied that your small group understands your project and you understand theirs.

You will be assigned some group work in coming weeks. Thus, the more you get to know your group and the work they are doing, the better off you will be soon.

Thursday: Curate and Reflect
This is a two part assignment:

Before you begin, in just  couple sentences, provide an overview of your participation in Concept Experience #4. Did you do everything on time? If not, explain.

1. Compose a reflective blog post called “Curate and Reflect” in which you embed at least three tweets (this is the curation). Choose tweets that are the best descriptions of inquiry proposals (no more than one tweet per student). These tweets should be informative, but could also be witty, humorous, ironic, etc. Overall they are effective in gaining your attention. Meditate on how your interaction with these individuals has changed your thinking about Twitter and the inquiry proposal / project.  Important: reflect on how you (and other course members) might continue to use Twitter to collaborate, share, and create community in this cMOOC.

2. Summarize the feedback that you were given for your inquiry project. We are interested in the feedback from open participants and VCU students. This feedback includes comments on your blogs and comments you received from tweeting–or comments you received anywhere else including email. Please include names (blog names and Twitter handles are fine) of those who gave you feedback. Whenever possible, include links to the feedback.  (I will use this to assess credit for feedback this week, so please be thorough.)

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