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Reflections on the MOOC #change11

Thursday, September 29, 2011
So, writing on the MOOC has meant I have had to learn a bit more about using Blogger, and formatting pages. This can't be bad. 
I'm supposed to be marking essays, but this is more attractive. I will write a post tomorrow on the one digital scholarship project I'm working on, but which isn't really a collective effort - yet. I'd like it to be, but it isn't. Perhaps I will learn more about how to get collaboration.
Stay Tuned!!

Saturday, September 24, 2011
Well, I got my MOOC Reflections page to appear on the blog header (cool) but now can't figure out how to stop the auto tweets from the blog. I didn't even set-up a link between the blog and Twitter, but maybe I did it and don't remember.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

I don't know how to get a link to my MOOC page to appear on the front page of my blog. I'm limited in my knowledge of how Blogger works. So, I'll continue to post major things on the front page. 
Reading the other MOOC blog posts is really interesting. I get a real sense of how others are finding the experience, and what they think of the whole thing. But I do wish people would comment and engage. Twitter might be the way to do this, I suppose, looking at the daily newsletter, and then tweeting a bit.
Teachers at my school are very reluctant sharers and participators. There are many forums for engaging in peer discussion, but most choose not to take it up. 

I might blog next week about my three sessions of iPad training at our staff conference. The final task for each session will be tweeting or commenting on the staff learning wiki.

Thursday, September 22, 2011
Here is where I am going to reflect on the MOOC. I don't know if I will write much, as I'm so very busy with so many other things - as is everyone I know. But I will try.   

My friend Jennifer encouraged me to join the MOOC, and I'm glad she did. It is sort of like being all together in a process. Maybe, though, as educators, academics and professionals choosing to take part, we are more enthusiastic in general. Students who may not have a choice about the ways they study might not find the process so 
Choice is important  to adult learners, and that's something I've observed from experience, not from reading adult learning theory.

I'll try to write something every week on the topic of the materials, or on other things which come up on the MOOC newsletter.

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