Just before the holidays in December, this tweet came across my feed:
so it’s the Friday before the Friday before the holiday break but in the wake of the #NetNeutrality vote, seems like time for an announcement.@professornati & i are convening a conversation. a MOOC on engagement in a time of polarization. JOIN US. :)https://t.co/NY131E1w8d
— Bonnie Stewart (@bonstewart) December 15, 2017
They basically had me at hello. I’ve long been a fan of the work Bonnie has done with academic digital networks and identity, as well as her work now on community-based digital literacy initiatives. But you can read more about this “pop-up” mooc, as well as sign up through Davidson Now, who are providing the infrastructure for the course.
In case you’re really not sure if you want to click to read, I’ll give you a pull-quote:
How have our online interactions and engagement - as a society - become so toxic? Is there anything we as individuals and citizens can do to stop this trend, or at least stop it from stopping us? Productive participatory engagement builds communities and networks that support real interaction and change. How does that look for a functioning democratic society -- when meeting face to face is no longer necessary? What does this do to our institutions - education, government, media? How can we make it work for us, online and off, inside and outside of classrooms?
I’ve written about digital polarization, fake news, and teaching digital fluency skills here on ProfHacker, and I look forward to participating in this course, whose instructors include Mike Caulfield, Chris Gilliard, Kris Shaffer, and Zeynep Tufekci. It only runs for two weeks, from February 12-26, 2018, and it will certainly be an active and engaging mooc, which I am also excited about, to see how moocs can be done differently. I hope to “see” some of you there!