Leaving EDCMOOC with a Digital Identity!
I have never participated in a MOOC before. I am extremely interested in online learning and its potential, but I have been disappointed in what I have seen so far — and specifically the lack of education for teachers who are delivering online classes. How will the 21st century student be reached? Where is the engagement?
To say that I am impressed with MOOCs is an understatement. Perhaps I was lucky that this was my first one. It never occurred to me not to complete it. I piqued from the moment I received that first email in November. I have been in Educational Technology for over 20 years, and I have never been so engaged in a learning environment in my life!
I was fortunate to be adopted by the “Fraingers.” We formed a Google+ Community. We even have an entry in the Urban Dictionary.
“We met as strangers in EDC MOOC, and our asynchronous posts on Facebook and Google Plus helped us become fraingers, or digital friend-strangers for life. Fraingers are strangers from around the world who became friends in a MOOC, and have never met in person.”
With the support of 16 incredible people from all over the world, I began my MOOC journey.
In my initial blog, I identified 5 goals for this MOOC.
1. A desire to build a Personal Learning Network.
Twitonomy illustrates that I have expanded my PLN to the far reaches of the globe.
2. A willingness to learn new tools for communication, content creation, and collaboration.
During the MOOC, I used MovieMaker, Animoto, AndreaMosaic, Storify, PearlTrees, and ScoopIt for the first time. I have some great artifacts from each of these tools (just click on the links). I also grew my Twitter over 100 followers.
3. A systemic approach to organizing the overwhelming amount of information that is being presented by all participants.
I used Storify, PearlTrees, Evernote, and Evernote Clipper to help me keep track of the myriad of information that we were exposed to. It will take me weeks to review all of the valuable resources I have collected.
4. A fascination with the organic process of this social community as it evolves
I entered the G+ Community and now am a member of 5 active communities of educators around the world. I participated in Google Hangouts, and wouldn’t miss our Saturday TwitterChats for the world, TEA included!
5. A desire to record/document the participation in this MOOC using the best “tool” for the process for the final “artifact.”
I selected Movie Maker to create my final artifact. It was easy to use and fun to do. I selected the music “Age of Aquarius” because of Hamish MacLeod’s comment during a Google Hang Out “It’s A Happening.” I grew up with this song. It resonated in me, and gave my video a voice.
I really valued the Peer Assessment process. I realized that I needed to evaluate each artifact as I wished to be evaluated. Here are some comments I received.
“I particularly enjoyed the selected piece of music and considered it complemented the visuals. The artefact stimulated a reaction: I found it interesting viewing the visual images that signified the changes over time. I was particularly attracted to the written quote “we are defined by our digital identity”.
You satisfied all of the assessment criteria. The journey through the ages was predictable as you referenced each era and the pace was slow. The video is more engaging towards the end as you make new connections and embrace the themes of the course.
This assessment addressed the weakness in the video, which I wrote about in my last blog: ” but I was stuck — being a former History Teacher — I used a linear construct to illustrate my ideas.” To the viewer, it was “predictable.” Excellent evaluation!
But now, as Andy Mitchell has so eloquently put it in his Farewell Video
, and “Now the End is Near” I leave you with some of my favorite artifacts….the order is random. I expect to be viewing artifacts from EDCMOOC for the next few weeks. This is only the beginning. This is an extremely creative group of people!