Co-learning, #ccourses, and Keeping the Lights On: #etmooc and the Connected Courses MOOC

We may have a new corollary to one of the most famous lines from the movie It’s a Wonderful Life (“Teacher says, ‘Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings.’”): Every time #etmooc is mentioned, a learner gets new learning wings.…

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Learning When No One Is at the Center of the Room: Connected Courses MOOC (#ccourses)

Frequent flyers, at one time or another, have the disorienting experience of having to consciously look for reminders of where we are; our minds simply can’t keep up with the frequent leaps between cities, states, and, occasionally, countries. Frequent learners engaged in co-learning (what Edward Brantmeier describes as the act of changing roles so teachers and learners become “joint sojourners on the quest for knowledge, understanding, and…wisdom”) within the world of connected learning may be facing a parallel challenge in at least a couple of ways; when interacting with connected-learning colleagues, we need to remind ourselves which of our wonderfully overlapping communities of learning we are currently engaging (Is this #etmooc—the Educational Technology & Media massive open online course?…

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#etmooc: Singing Happy Birthday to a Course

It’s not often that I’m invited to attend a birthday party for a course—but then again, it’s not often that I find myself immersed in a learning opportunity that produces the sort of sustainable community of learning that #etmooc has.

etmoocThat wonderful massive open online course (MOOC)—the Educational Technology and Media MOOC that Alec Couros and others offered to great acclaim in early 2013—was something that many of us heard about from colleagues or simply stumbled across during our general online explorations of MOOCs last year.

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‘MOOCing’ My Way in 2013: My #ETMOOC Anniversary Blog

Photo Credit: penbentley via Compfight cc
Photo Credit: penbentley via Compfightcc

Reading Rhonda Jessen’s wonderfully reflective anniversary blog has spurred me on to write the final #etmooc blog that never came to fruition, despite a tremendous desire to write and my immense guilt at not doing so.…

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Passion and Compassion for 2014

Hopefully, this post is the first of many in the coming year.  After all, that is going to be one of my goals for 2014–write every day.

Professional Highlights of 2013

Professional Highlights of 2013

2013 was a year of change and growth, learning and stretching.  After taking the 2012-2013 school year off to complete my dissertation, which was completed in December of 2012, I found myself ready to take on another challenge.  I was extremely fortunate to be able to participate in Education Technology & Media MOOC.  #etmooc was one of the greatest learning experiences of my life, and it continues to be so.  Under the direction of the amazing Alec Couros, not only was the content timely and the many expert presenters incredibly engaging, the opportunities to participate synchronously and/or asynchronously was key for me.  Archived presentations along with the backchannel chat made it feel as if I was actually participating in real time, I was also able to go back and check out the archive, even if I participated LIVE.  The Twitter chats and archived Twitter chats also provided opportunities to feel part of the experience.   In addition, some of the suggested activities took more time than others or I chose to explore more of the activities.  The flexibility and encouragement to share my learning with others opened my eyes to what connected learning can be.  I know it is not for everyone, but this type of learning is certainly for me.  I was obviously not alone because I met many other educators who obviously felt the same way.  In fact, to celebrate the 1-year Anniversary of #etmooc, a GHO and Twitter chat have been planned, and I plan on attending both.…

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#etmooc and #lrnchat: When Communities of Learning Discuss Community—and Produce Results

There was no need this week to read yet another book or article on how to effectively create and nurture great communities. Participating in live online sessions with colleagues in two wonderful communities of learning (#etmooc, using the #etmchat hashtag and a Google+ community for online exchanges, and #lrnchat) provided experiential learning opportunities among those trainer-teacher-learners: participating in discussions to explore what makes our communities attractive or unattractive, and contributing to the conversations in ways that produced immediate results, e.g., a name for a new learning community that is in the early stages of formation in Australia.…

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On Learning, Testing, and Being Tone Deaf

There are plenty of reasons to believe that multiple-choice and true-false tests are among the worst ways to measure whether learning is successful; in the best of circumstances, they tend to measure only the lowest levels of learning achieved, and in the worst of situations they leave respondents without any acceptable responses from which to choose.…

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MOOCS: Additional Reflections on Great (and Not-So-Great) Expectations

We’re far from finished with our efforts to determine how massive open online courses (MOOCs) will fit into our learning landscape, recently published articles and personal experiences continue to suggest.

A MOOCmate’s engaging “A Record of My #ETMOOC Experience, 2013”; a Chronicle of Higher Education article suggesting that “The MOOC ‘Revolution’ May Not Be as Disruptive as Some Had Imagined”; and my own extensive and ongoing reflections on  #etmooc (the Educational Technology & Media MOOC developed and facilitated by Alec Courous and his wonderful gang of “conspirators” earlier this year) and R.

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Looking for new Mooc

First I must apologize to mozilla.org as I did enjoy teachtheweb… but after week 2 and a laptop issue,  I found I could not get re-interested. I quess this is why I tell people, MOOC’s are not for college students or at least not most of them. Continue reading

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Hybrid Pedagogy: Leaders in Innovation

I’m biased. I admit it. I’m partial to the  Hybrid Pedagogy team of Pete Rorabaugh, Jesse Stommel, Sean Michael Morris, Robin Wharton and Valerie Robin.  How can I not be? These are the folks that brought us Twitter vs.

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