Social Learning for Social Impact

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Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of California, Berkeley, are just some of the schools that you have at your fingertips with edX. Through massive open online courses (MOOCs) from the world's best universities, you can develop your knowledge in literature, math, history, food and nutrition, and more. These online classes are taught by highly-regarded experts in the field. If you take a class on computer science through Harvard, you may be tau...
Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of California, Berkeley, are just some of the schools that you have at your fingertips with edX. Through massive open online courses (MOOCs) from the world's best universities, you can develop your knowledge in literature, math, history, food and nutrition, and more. These online classes are taught by highly-regarded experts in the field. If you take a class on computer science through Harvard, you may be taught by David J. Malan, a senior lecturer on computer science at Harvard University for the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. But there's not just one professor - you have access to the entire teaching staff, allowing you to receive feedback on assignments straight from the experts. Pursue a Verified Certificate to document your achievements and use your coursework for job and school applications, promotions, and more. EdX also works with top universities to conduct research, allowing them to learn more about learning. Using their findings, edX is able to provide students with the best and most effective courses, constantly enhancing the student experience.

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Do you want to make a difference by collaborating with other like-minded individuals from around the globe? Maybe you’re already working with a group doing social impact work in an established organization/NGO. Or perhaps you have an idea for a social initiative and want to team up with others, locally or virtually. Or maybe you’re just concerned about the direction the world is heading and want to join a global conversation about creating some positive, sustainable change. If so, this first ever GROOC is for you.

Our GROOC has a distinct pedagogy: we believe profound learning happens when people share their experiences with each other, ask questions and tell stories. It’s called social learning. There are no right or wrong answers and no tests along the way. Instead, you’ll delve into relevant issues that concern all social initiatives, at any stage of development.

Over seven sessions, you will be exposed to concepts and model...

Do you want to make a difference by collaborating with other like-minded individuals from around the globe? Maybe you’re already working with a group doing social impact work in an established organization/NGO. Or perhaps you have an idea for a social initiative and want to team up with others, locally or virtually. Or maybe you’re just concerned about the direction the world is heading and want to join a global conversation about creating some positive, sustainable change. If so, this first ever GROOC is for you.

Our GROOC has a distinct pedagogy: we believe profound learning happens when people share their experiences with each other, ask questions and tell stories. It’s called social learning. There are no right or wrong answers and no tests along the way. Instead, you’ll delve into relevant issues that concern all social initiatives, at any stage of development.

Over seven sessions, you will be exposed to concepts and models from our four course designers and will hear from top international scholars and practitioners who combine the best thinking with the most effective doing. Plus, you’ll have access to more than 20 “deep dive” interviews with fascinating individuals who are at the forefront of creating social change, including Muhammad Yunus, Mary Gordon, Marshall Ganz, and many more.

The goal of our GROOC is simple: to inspire the creation of social initiatives that will help rebalance society. Join us to engage in meaningful social learning with a worldwide network of people who want to create a better world together.

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Alan Botens

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 9 months ago
I took the Social Learning for Social Impact GROOC, which ended in December, 2015. I think Henry Mintzberg and his colleagues at McGill University in Montréal are designing a GROOC 2.0. Although the focus was on social purpose initiatives, I highly recommend this for both groups and individuals, in the private and public, as well as the social or plural sectors, who want expert guidance in the various phases of developing a project or organization. The course sessions included written and video instruction and interviews with a wide range of practitioners, like Muhammad Yunus, the Nobel Laureate who created the Grameen Bank of micro-credit. Along with the instruction, participants formed teams and developed projects as they were led through a series of course sessions: Form teams to learn and act together (Engaging) Work as a high-functioning team (Co-Creating) Learn your way to a prototype (Designing) Grow your social impa... I took the Social Learning for Social Impact GROOC, which ended in December, 2015. I think Henry Mintzberg and his colleagues at McGill University in Montréal are designing a GROOC 2.0. Although the focus was on social purpose initiatives, I highly recommend this for both groups and individuals, in the private and public, as well as the social or plural sectors, who want expert guidance in the various phases of developing a project or organization. The course sessions included written and video instruction and interviews with a wide range of practitioners, like Muhammad Yunus, the Nobel Laureate who created the Grameen Bank of micro-credit. Along with the instruction, participants formed teams and developed projects as they were led through a series of course sessions: Form teams to learn and act together (Engaging) Work as a high-functioning team (Co-Creating) Learn your way to a prototype (Designing) Grow your social impact (Scaling) Find resources to help sustain your efforts (Resourcing) Discern when and how to measure your impact (Assessing) In order to fully appreciate the value of this course, I think you have to put it in the context of Mintzberg's book, "Rebalancing Society: Radical Renewal Beyond Left, Right, and Center,״ and in the context of several significant innovations in both education and social change. 1. The Internet has greatly facilitated communication and given rise to a growing population of people who see themselves as part of a global society, even when focused on local issues. 2. MOOCs - Massive Open Online Courses - have made it possible for anyone, anywhere to learn from the best professors of the best universities, all across the world. 3. The discussion forums and other developments within some of these courses have facilitated Social Learning. Learning is easier, more fun and more fruitful when it is done collaboratively. 4. This is the first of its kind GROOC - Group Open Online Course. McGill worked with edX to design a course around teams of up to 10 members. In some cases the teams came from existing organizations. In other cases, students joined teams according to an issue of concern to them. 5. DIY Social Change. There has been a shift in the way many socially conscious individuals and groups approach issues like climate change, poverty, education and community development. Rather than relying on governments or traditional large-scale aid or development organizations, they are developing smaller Do It Yourself projects and organizations. The GROOC is both leveraging and further developing these exciting and promising trends.
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Etienne Portelance

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 10 months ago
This course was one of the most impactful I have followed this year. This is a course where "you get what you put in". The few students that were committed got a lot of experience trying out the rich content of this course. If you had the bad luck of having lost of disengaged people around you, this course was less than average for EDX.
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Federico Monaco

10/10 starsTaking Now
4 years, 2 months ago
Impacts of MOOCs are great! Anyhow what is missing most of times is monitoring and evaluation of the quality. I believe collaborating as subject and practice will be the main ingredient to create the right energy and empathy to learn and share own experiences at the same time. I find the subject so challenging and useful in present lives and professions. Looking forward to!
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Ashraf Eltanboly

10/10 starsTaking Now
4 years, 2 months ago
Cant wait to be a part of this new GROOC experience , working with people around the globe shareing the same passion , i think it will be a wonderful journey
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Sloany Barahona

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4 years, 2 months ago
I am so excited for this course, I know it will be a great experience sharing, and learning from people with the same passion!
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4 years, 2 months ago
A few years ago I had the privilege of meeting Dr. Mintzberg and Dr. Breitner and listening in on one of their IMPM classes at McGill. It was a truly remarkable experience. This creative team of dedicated education reformers inspired me to join their cause and start my own social initiative. This GROOC (what a brilliant idea!) is exactly what I need at the moment. I can't wait to re-connect with these world-class professionals and team up with other like-minded social entrepreneurs!
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4 years, 3 months ago
This looks like a truly amazing course. So unique and powerful. Can't wait to be a part of it! The professors are top-notch, and the content looks very practical and fun. I've never seen a MOOC that involves group work quite like this. What a great way to connect like-minded people from around the world to work together toward something positive!
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