A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post on my thought processes around building a completely different PD model. This week, it’s a reality. The site is built and ready to be used. And the part that pleases me most is that you lot can all play too.
To describe what exactly Coffeecourses are, I’ll just quote myself:
‘a kludgy hybrid of Codecademy-style feed-based courses, games-based/task-based learning a la The Moodle Dailies (which is offered as part of the project) and online shopping sites’
It’s basically an anytime, anywhere, anyone model. No lecture-tantamount workshops, no ‘click here and do this’, no ‘groupwork’, no requirements. I finally feel like I’m doing something that jibes with my approach to edu rather than being all punk online and then turning around and selling out and giving trad-delivery workshops because it’s what people keep asking for. It was essentially zero-cost to create (only cost is paying $20/mo hosting just to make it nil demand for central IT support) and, with the exception of the Moodle Dailies, is completely open and anyone from anywhere can sign up.
If you’ve got a few minutes, take a look – would love feedback:
You’re all welcome to sign up if one of the courses tickles your fancy (none particularly revolutionary but some were requests from colleagues and seem important ‘small steps’ for those just starting to get their feet wet). The subscription courses all kick off on Monday so if you like your content served a la Codecademy you’ll need to do the Feedburner thing before then, otherwise just wait and watch and play with it afterwards.