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Got Your Life Preserver?


Participation in a MOOC adventure is not for the faint of heart.  In fact, it’s a bit like the extreme sport of tow-in surfing.  Without a partnership of a skilled team of driver and surfer, who develop a rapport and an understanding of ocean conditions that allows them to pro-actively watch out for each other, you can be wiped out by a monstrous wave in no time.

Without the support of a group of like-minded individuals, you could find yourself frustrated, confused and likely not to complete the class.  In fact, statistics show that on average, only about 10% of MOOC participants receive a completion certificate.

When you are the featured writer for the week, the other three members of your Quad will focus on commenting, and extending discussions beyond the quad members, by promoting the featured blog and inviting more visitors through other social media, such as Twitter (#cicmooc), the #cicmooc Facebook group, and the #cicmooc Google Plus community. In this way, every blogger involved would be guaranteed attention, feedback, and a rapidly  expanding network.

Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of a quadblogging team.  Once the MOOC starts, you may be overwhelmed by the number of people, information and NOISE.  Quadblogging is a way to make sense of it all!

Check out the Google Doc here for QuadBlogs looking for team members and sign up today!

Additional resources for blogging

QuadBlogging (Ary Aranguiz’s suggestion to start Quadblogging and Why)

Creating Blogs and Websites

20 Tips on Writing Great Blog Posts

QuadBlogging is an excellent ‘life preserver’ to take with you on any MOOC.

Each morning we are born again.  What we do today is what matters most.

7 comments on “Got Your Life Preserver?

  1. Rick Bartlett
    September 3, 2013

    Thanks for the excellent advice and a wonderful start to #cicmooc. I had to google tow-in-surfing, that sounds like a pretty wild idea. I boogie board, but haven’t tried surfing- maybe someday.

    • cathleennardi
      September 3, 2013

      This particular shot was taken at Peahi (AKA JAWs) here in Maui about 10 minutes from the house. It was invented by local Laird Hamilton and his buddy Dave Kalama. Point being, you don’t want to go out there alone. Looking forward to #CICMOOC.

  2. Pingback: Considering Self and Community while Exploring Creativity | Felicia M. Sullivan

    • cathleennardi
      September 6, 2013

      Not only accountable and connected, but the act of blogging allows us to reflect on our learning. As your comment in the Google+ community indicted, lots of apparent creativity, but what about the process? Meaning making happens when we connect our learning with others. Thanks for being part of the team!

      • feliciasullivan
        September 8, 2013

        I think this part of finding the connections and engaging in conversation and exploring together takes time. I also think it takes confidence in one’s own thoughts and voice. I often wonder about those who aren’t quite ready to come to new learning, creative processes, politics, whatever the arena — how do build supports for those folks?

        I was a spectator and supporter of an art gallery in my local community for about 4 years before I got the nerve to enter an artistic piece into the member show. It took a lot me seeing others do it to actually step forward. Is see folks engage in things like quadblogs and initiating conversations enough to bring timid learners forward?

      • cathleennardi
        September 8, 2013

        Its funny you should comment right now because I am stuck on my end of W.1 blog post. The focus is on Gardner Campbell’s idea of the importance of meaning making in the digital world and the effect [read disruption] it is having on our learning institutions. He talks about the importance of Connectivism in his blog. Check it out. One of the reasons I stepped forward with QuadBlogging was to reach out to others. Perhaps in your next MOOC, you will do the same 🙂

  3. Headshots Raleigh
    May 25, 2016

    Good post. I will be facing some of thee issues ass well..

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