Notable Notes: The importance of orientation via #CLMOOC

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Autumm Caines reflection, Public Space vs Wild Space: A #clmooc Reflection Without Much Background, on the sixth and final #CLMOOC Make Cycle (Geolocate Your Space) explored the wild and not-so-much spaces on the world wide web. She notes that in the best public spaces (such as CLMOOC), community members work together to make the space (and the world) a better place. I love how she reflected on the fact that wild places (as in the Wild West) without rules or regulation can also be important and valuable.

Wendy Taleo’s post, “Where Are You From, discusses our need to orient ourselves whenever we embark on something new. She points out that those who cannot locate themselves on this “new” map will often disappear entirely. This so true for our classrooms as well as the other communities which we create and join. Such an interesting idea that I am sure I will continue to contemplate.

I love Kevin Hodgson’s contributions to this make cycle, especially his video tour of the collaborative map which provides a lovely visual of our parks and spaces. You will also want to visit the open map (used to illustrate this post) of the CLMOOC participants).

Similarly, Aaron Johannesdiscussion of maps and their importance to our learning and being illuminating. I agree that visualization is key to understanding.

For more thoughts and reflections about this final make cycle, check out the official #CLMOOC Reflection.

One thought on “Notable Notes: The importance of orientation via #CLMOOC

  • Maps have great potential. They can help us understand where resources like parks are available. They can help us see indicators where poverty, health disparities, pollution, etc. require extra effort from many sectors. They can show who else in the same region is involved in the same community, or same issue. Using this we can build collaborations that go from ourselves working alone, to a few people working to bring more people into the movement. Hopefully each #clmooc map will show more people getting involved from the big cities of the world, as well as from the smaller cities and rural areas. Thanks for your post.

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