With work being very busy my best efforts to try and participate in the EDCMOOC
didn’t really go to plan and I only managed to watch a few of the YouTube videos in week 1 and didn’t have time to catch up. I’ve had a similar experience with the MIT MOOC on Learning Creative Learning, engaged for the first couple of weeks but then dropped off again through generally being busy and away. So maybe it’s crazy to have signed up for another MOOC, but I have. This time it’s the Open University MOOC on Open Education #h817open
.So why I have signed up for another MOOC? In part this MOOC appealed to me because there’s the possibility of earning open badges for some of the learning activities. Badges are something I’m keen to explore further in relation to my own work with students and their involvement as producers of learning resources. I’m also interested in adopting a MOOC type approach to delivering staff development around technology enhanced learning and so experience of another MOOC is helpful. Even just dabbling and lurking in some MOOCs has been worthwhile and the MOOC I did complete on Google Power Searching has proved very useful. I’m hoping that I can last the course this time and earn my #h187open badges!
I’m off to a reasonable start and have completed one of the first week’s tasks, creating a visual representation of the key concepts of openness in education as we see them. My approach to this has been to think about what open education means to me and its impact on me as a teacher and a learner. Personally I feel that open education has opened up new opportunties to connect with people and learn from their experience as they’ve shared what’s worked and what hasn’t. It’s challenged me to see things in new ways, to try out new things, it’s inspired me. I’ve connected with people I would otherwise never have met and had opportunities to work and collaborate with them that wouldn’t previously have been possible. This has been facilitated by technology but ultimately this isn’t about technology but about the individuals who’ve chosen to share and be open scholars.
I created my visual artefact in Haiku Deck on my iPad and unfortunately I can’t embed it on a worpress.com blog so you’ll have to follow the link below to see what it looks like!
HAIKU DECK – OPENNESS IN EDUCATION