#crit101 v2 begins tomorrow at 8:00PM (GMT)

Version Two of Critical Skills 101 officially begins tomorrow at 8:00PM (GMT) with a live meet and greet on Twitter. Join in, introduce yourself to your fellow participants, and ask me any questions that you have about the course. Don’t forget to include #crit101 in your tweets.

The ‘Week One‘ page has been updated to include the introductory video lecture, reading material, and assignments. Please take the time to watch the video lecture before joining in with the Twitter meet and greet.

Based on feedback from previous participants, it is recommended that you do the reading at the beginning of the week prior to the weekly Twitter discussion.

This week’s Twitter discussion will take place on Wednesday 13th March between 7:00PM and 8:00PM (GMT).

Assignments are due in by 10:00AM on Sunday, leaving time later in the day for you to read and comment on responses from participants in your comment group. You will recieve an email shortly, letting you know who is in your comment group.

If you have friends or classmates who might be interested in participating in the course, there is still time for them to sign up. Enrolment will remain open until Saturday 16th March.

James Michie

#crit101 Course Leader

@jamesmichie

http://jamesmichie.com/criticalskills

What is #crit101 v2?

Tomorrow, version one of #crti101 comes to an end. I’ll be reading participants’ (#critters) final posts and reflecting on their responses to the course evaluation. Having received quite a lot of feedback already and with time pressing, I have already made some changes in preparation for version two which begins on Monday 11th March.

Some of the changes have been made in response to participant feedback, while the rest have been made to more closely align the course with the principles on which it was built; which I wrote about here.

Below are updated slides explaining ‘What is #crit101 v2?’ Enrolment is open. v1 was very successful; I hope to make v2 even more so.

#crit101 – Week Five

In week five #crit101 is turning its attention to synthesis and evaluation. The week five page has been updated with reading material and information about this week’s assignments.

The live video lecture will be at 7:30PM (GMT) on Monday (18.02.13). Check the blog or Twitter around 7:25 for the link. The slides will be made available prior to the lecture, and a recording will be made available shortly afterwards.

The weekly discussion returns to Twitter this week. It will be on Wednesday (20.02.13) between 7PM and 8PM (GMT).

This week’s assignment is collaborative and involves video. It should be both challenging and enjoyable. I’ll be discussing this in detail during the live lecture, but as always should you have questions or need help, please turn to the community and ask.

Tossed Salad and Scrambled Eggs!

Tonight’s discussion began well with everyone getting used to how Google+ works while sharing their likes and dislikes about the course.  However, it fell apart towards the end. Whether this was due to the platform itself; the attempt to collaborate on a mind map (which did not work); or something else entirely, I am not sure.

Personally, I don’t think Google+ worked that well. I’ve spent quite a lot of time discussing the merits of asynchronous and synchronous collaboration during the course. And while Google+ seems to reside in a liminal space between blog and social network, it did not handle a real time (synchronous) discussion particularly well. I found that it lacked the efficiency/urgency of Twitter. Moreover, it was not always easy to follow the discussion and would certainly benefit from threading. If this frustrated the rest of the participants too, I am not sure, but I will try to find out.

Perhaps Google+ was simply not the right tool for the job. Twitter, on the other hand, is a platform that lends itself more naturally to a real time discussion. Google Docs works well both synchronously and asynchronously. Google+ may still have a place within #crit101 but what that is exactly I am not sure. I’m going to keep the space open; perhaps it is more suited to a less immediate, more thoughtful conversation? But tonight, having sat wondering where everyone went, Google+ left me feeling a little tossed and scrambled.

#crit101 – Week Four

In week four #crit101 is turning its attention to reading and analysis. The week four page has been updated with reading material and information about this week’s assignments.

The live video lecture will be at 7:30PM (GMT) on Monday (11.02.13). Check the blog or Twitter around 7:25 for the link. The slides will be made available prior to the lecture, and a recording will be made available shortly afterwards.

After discussing some of the shortcoming of Twitter, this week’s discussion will take place on Google+: Wednesday 13th February between 7PM and 8PM (GMT).

As well as providing a new space for the weekly chat it can also be a useful space to ask questions and share ideas/resources. Go check it out!