When asked ‘what is the difference between #rhizo14 and other MOOCs’, I’m reminded of the community. A phrase that has been used for the ‘course’ is “the community is the curriculum”. Some rhizoers don’t necessarily feel like what we have is community, but I certainly do.
Two weeks ago, I was diagnosed with breast cancer (I’m blogging about it at http://bcbecky.com). It was through the #rhizo14 Facebook group that I was able to reach out to many of my virtual colleagues. I tried to casually mention my new blog and what was up, and immediately I felt support from the Rhizo folks. Several of them have sent me care packages and postcards. Their generosity and love warms my heart. I have been delighted and surprised by the support within that community.
We were brought together through an interest in talking about rhizomatic learning and different ways to approach education and open research. However, for me at least, the ‘curriculum has become community’, and for that I am grateful.