Nothing much bothers me more as a student, parent, principal or fellow teacher, than an instructor who ‘allows’ you into their domain. Face to face or online. They feel that they must be totally ‘in control.’ Control is sometimes shown through the use of sarcasm, a ‘my way or the highway’ attitude, or concern may be seen as a sign of weakness.
Several years ago I was introduced to something called “Love and Logic.” Basically, it is a philosophy which helps a person gain control by giving it up. I noticed it uses many of the same ideas that are discussed this past week.
My Reflections from Week 2
I am finding that while I can easily get lost looking at every post, video and artifact, it is all very interesting. It is easy to wander off on a tangent, but it is worth it if something is learned. This week I was lost understanding the difference between a cMOOC and an xMOOC. A couple of searches and web pages later, and I had learned the difference. I can see the benefits and difference of both.
One thing I learned for sure, you can get lost following a thread in an xMOOC.
1. When I first created an online course it was not much more than shortened lectures, and questions that I asked in my f2f class, pasted onto a web page. Well, it was online. It was also boring. What I wasn’t able to paste onto the page was the interaction I had with my classes that made things interesting.
Later versions of the same class were much better when I learned to remix and re-purpose my f2f class into a different class. I went back to some of the better online courses I had taken. They included information from the instructor, the SME, and then helped me to find new information for myself. When I thought about it, creating my online class used many of the same concepts as my better f2f classes. It was always better when I acted as facilitator rather than “knowledge giver.”
It has been 3 years since I finished my Ed Tech degree. Since that time I have been an administrator with limited chance to use what I had learned. I have no passion for being a principal, so I am looking around for the right opportunity as an online instructor, Instructional Designer, or as an Integration Specialist.
My intentions with this MOOC are to refresh those rusty skills and learn new ones. It is amazing how fast things have changed! Change itself is an issue I find important. Are things changing just because they can? Because it is expected? Or, is it a true improvement?
Coming from the k-12 world I understand another important issue is student safety. What should students have access to? What should be limited? In my part of rural Arizona parents and schools are concerned with blogging, students and teachers having too much contact in online situations. Just to mention a few.
I have a goal to contribute regularly and with great wisdom. We shall see, on both counts.
I have not been very involved with blogging, or networking with others in the e-learning field for that matter. I hope that will change, and I can become more comfortable and involved in the community and with other participants.
I have a goal to not be part of the 90% who don’t participate actively, but if I am I hope to learn quite a bit from the other 10%.
Just a quick note to check if it is up and running.