All MOOC’ed out!

I’ve recently blogged about a MOOC that I’m doing at the moment. I’d intended to write each week but there’s been a hiccup. 

Now it’s the end of the course and in spite of the break I still want to share my final thoughts. 

There were seven weeks in total including two weeks of introduction and five with assignments. 

The course, called Teaching with Tablets, has been very rich in the impact that it’s had for me. 

  
The different elements are listed in this image. 

Structure 

The way this course was structured has been really useful. It had a number of parts:

  • The outline was on Blackboard 
  • A discussion forum on Google+ was the sharing platform for all contributions
  • We used Twitter ever week to catch up in a discussion
  • Email was used to share the weekly assignments too.

These  locations were useful as exemplars of learning mechanisms before we even began to interact. 

Two hundred and fifty four people joined the course. We had around eight people leading it too. This meant that the community was supported and nurtured as we got to know each other. Another live demo of how to encourage those who are learning. 

Within the course everyone shared their work public ally to the other participants. So we could all benefit from a wealth of ideas. 

This video was shared too and explains what the concept of a MOOC is as well. 

What is a MOOC?

Content
During the course I’ve been really inspired. Firstly coming up with ideas for each assignment but then seeing other people’s spin on each one.
its been amazing. I’ve explored a number of great new ideas and it has influenced my practice.

I’ll be looking out for another MOOC to join soon.

Have you ever done any online learning?
What was your experience like?

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Comfort Zones

I’ve signed up for a course. It’s called Teaching with Tablets from a UK university. It’s a seven week MOOC. I’m already really excited about it. 

I’m doing it because I want to explore other ways of teaching with tablets.  But also to learn about MOOCs. The concept of online learning isn’t new. 

I’m excited by the MOOC because 

  • It’s short. From a practical point of view I prefer intense focused projects.
  • It’s relevant. Sometimes things that don’t relate directly to practical application frustrate me.
  • It’s a new thing. I haven’t tried this before and I believe in sustaining my own learning.
  • It’s a new thing. I haven’t tried this before and I believe in sustaining my own learning.
  • I can work in my own time whenever I want.
  • It’s multi discipline and international.

So far I’ve been really impressed. We’ve discussed a wide range of different tools, used different ways of communicating, and shared lots of ideas.

We’ve had a chat on Twitter by appointment where lots of people participated.

We are using Google+ as a platform for our learning and collaboration.

There is also a map which shows our distribution all over the world. It’s amazing to be able to collaborate with so many educators so accessibly. There is no way I could’ve done this like this so easily in the past.

I’ll keep you posted on how I get on. I’ve just posted my first assignment. 

Have you tried a course on line? Ordains another way of learning new Tech Skills? 

Were they successful?