EdStartup: Getting Started

This post is my introduction for the Enterprise in Education MOOC (EdStartup 101).

Rough transcript:

I’m Doug Clow, and this is my introduction for Ed Startup 101. Hello everybody! I often say that video is rubbish, so this is not my usual medium. But it’s a much more personal and direct one for lots of people, so here’s me. If you want a longer, text-heavy intro, I have one of those.

This is the light version.

The leg lamp

I’m an academic (a member of faculty, for our American and Canadian Cousins), and I’m proud to work at the Open University in the UK. I really like fiddling around with new technology and seeing what I can do, and I really like feeling that what I’m doing is helping people – helping them learn more and becoming better able to make a difference in the world. So being an educational technologist at the OU is great.

It’s a step away from frontline teaching, though. At the OU, the academics design and develop the courses, and our associate lecturers do the direct teaching. And I don’t even do that much direct course development.

There’s an old (and horrible) saying that those who can, do, and those who can’t, teach. There’s an extension that says that those who really don’t know what they’re doing teach teachers how to teach. I’m the one who’s helping those guys.

As you might be able to tell, in presentations, I like to use the humorous technique of self-deprecation, but I’m not very good at it.

This week, I’m officially on holiday – or vacation in International English – so I’m doing the opposite of what lots of people do in a MOOC: I’m only dropping in from time to time for the first week, but will be more present later.


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Starting up EdStartup 101 #EdStartup

It is the time of MOOCs. Massively Online Open Courses – of various sorts – are officially the buzzword in the field at the moment. Most recently, a bunch of UK universities have signed up with Coursera, including the University of Edinburgh. The Principal of Edinburgh, Sir Tim O’Shea, is a very  accomplished senior manager, and knows his stuff in the ed tech field, so at this point one can’t write it off as misguided foolishness.

It is the time of the private sector, particularly in the UK. See my posts passim – and the most recent developments with Pearson entering the market, and potentially startling developments at London Met.

So what could be more timely than a MOOC about entrepreneurship in education?

I’ve signed up* to Entrepreneurship in Education – Ed Startup 101 for short, #EdStartup for Tweeting. The course is:

designed to acquaint educators, educational researchers, and others to the world of entrepreneurship and intrapeneurship, help you decide which one is right for you, and support you in the first steps of your journey.

The course is an old-school connectivist-style MOOC which ‘focuses more on building community and learning together socially than on watching video clips and answering multiple choice questions’. Which is my preference by a long chalk. In that spirit, here’s some positioning thoughts from me just ahead of the course start.

Summer Sidewalk Chalk Rainbow
Photo by D Sharon Pruitt

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