Hello and Welcome to Space, the MOOC.

This course is designed to be a journey of self-guided, group assisted learning.  The class members will share some common lessons and activities, but will also branch off into different groups and even different areas of personal study.  It is an exciting course that you could participate in multiple times and always come away with new information and knowledge.  Please see below for the bones of the course.

Course Objective:  This course is designed to help anyone interested to gain an understanding of basic (and not so basic) astronomy.  It has been created in a way that provides the learners to be the teachers and to create their own individualized learning path.

Make sure to stay up to date on all incoming content, resources, and information using our Netvibes Dashboard.

Please read the Participation and Use Guidelines before deciding to take part in Space, the MOOC.  If you can't abide by these guidelines, then you should reconsider taking part in the course.

This course takes place completely on public web 2.0 tools.  You will need to create accounts on various sites and services in order to participate in Space, the MOOC.

The four primary sites are Twitter, Facebook, Scoop.it, Diigo and Blogspot.  If you don't have accounts on these sites, then you should create one. Blogspot is owned by Google, so if you have a google account, then you have a blogspot account.

You can use the following tutorials to assist you with these sites.

Course updates and communications will come via Twitter under the Hashtag #spaceMOOC

If you're not familiar with hashtags, check out this tutorial.

Depending on what route you choose, you may want to use Youtube, Voicethread, or Slideshare.  You can really use any presentation medium, but these are the most common.

Here are some tutorials on those.

Google Docs are used throughout the course.  Here is a tutorial if you need it.

The Following Social Media Sites are Part of Space, the MOOC

Remember, Tweets that pertain to the MOOC (including announcements) will be created with the hashtag #spaceMOOC.  You should use this same hashtag when you Tweet about course related resources.

You will need to request membership to this group.  This will be where most of our discussions take place so it's important that you are familiar with it.  Please see the tutorials if you need to.

The Groups Blogs

Depending on which group you choose, you will be assigned contributor access to one of the following blogs on blogspot.com

Group Work and Collaboration

As assignments are completed and works are created, you can submit them on this shared Google Doc folder.  This can also be used as an area to collaborate with your fellow learners.

Collection of Resources
There is a universe of resources out there.  We'll be using the scoop.it to keep track of those we find most useful.  Here is a link to the SpaceMooc's scoop.it page.

We will also utilize Diigo as a way to collect our bookmarks.  Please take the time to join the Diigo SpaceMooc Group.  Don't forget to add resources here as you find them.

Meeting on Google+ Hangout
While the majority of the course content will be explored individually and asynchronously, we will also utilize Google+ Hangouts to bring the learning community together.  A link will be posted to the Facebook page when the Hangout is imminent.