Ontario Extend mOOC – Module 5

I’m currently participating in the eCampus Ontario Extend mOOC focused on technology enabled learning.  As part of this medium sized Open Online Course (mOOC) it was suggested that participants keep an ongoing set of notes to document and organize their thoughts about the experience.  As a way to document my experience I’m going to be keeping informal blog notes that reflect on what I’m learning and the activities I’m engaging in via the mOOC.

Module 5 of the mOOC is called “Experimenters” and is focused on challenging participants to try new things, embrace experimentation, and integrate elements of the other modules. I’ll be working through this module’s activities this week and will be sharing my work below as I complete it:

Let’s experiment with some of the Daily Extend activities (earlier in the mOOC done as “Small Stretches”). Try at least 3 of these (or any) Daily Extends. 

#oext13 Explore the Noun Project site for one or more icons that might represent you. Give credit to the source when you link. I picked the gallery and archive icon to represent my professional life, with the Tardis icon thrown-in to speak to my personal interests. 


“gallery” By Made, AU In the Gallery and Museum Collection


“archive” By Rockicon, In the Mix Collection


Tardis outline
“Tardis” By Gregory Sujkowski, FR

#oext207 The Mapcrunch site sends you to a random location in the world selected from Google Street View.
I landed on a beautiful cobble stone street in Ecuador. Considering how much snow is currently in Sault Ste. Marie, I don’t think I would be hurrying home. But if I had to leave – I might look for a Canadian embassy.

Random street in Ecuador, generated by Mapcrunch

#oext4 Google your own name. Find the most interesting doppelganger
There aren’t very many Krista McCracken’s out there — that’s one of the reasons I was able to buy both the .ca and .com domains in my name. But, my most interesting name doppelganger is the Krista McCracken who is a sommelier.

Take a Deep Dive – Complete at least one of the longer challenges:

Highlight  a topic or concept for _____________, math, literature, philosophy, etc., by creating a Graphics Interchange Format (GIF) . Or Explain a concept using an animated GIF slideshow

I decided to create couple of memes that make light of the numerous ways folks pronounce the word fonds — a common term in archival theory. To do this I found CC licensed photographs for the first two images, plus an image of the Fonze. I ten used giphy to add the text onto the images.

Is there a way you can use Google Lit Trips or maybe the Google Street View of Museums to create an activity for one of your courses?
I love the idea of pairing the use of Google Street View of Museums with a museum exhibition review assignment for a public history class or a museum studies class.

I also think that you could combine the Google Street View of Museums with an activity such as the Anarchist house museum tags , but instead of using physical tags have students annotate an exhibit using Hypothesis. I’ve written about using used anarchist tags in person, but I think there is a lot of potential for students to critique a space virtually using annotation tools or a shared Google Doc.

Lastly, in the past I have also created assignments around crafting museum exhibition text. Google Street View of Museums could be used to provide students with examples of well crafted exhibition text and to showcase how exhibition text varies depending on the museum’s mission and audience.

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