Sorry I haven’t posted for a while, you see I have been busying MOOCing. My last MOOC was through canvas.net and I was studying learner analytics. This was a well organised course, with lots of information, activities and directions. I did find it just a little overwhelming though. I decided to glean what I could (time was short) and forget the assessments. I asked myself the question, do I really need this piece of paper and my answer was NO!
I have realised that this is the great thing about MOOCs. You can choose how you participate, what you participate in and what you want to learn. I don’t know if you are like me but if I pay for a course and I don’t complete, I feel a bit disappointed with myself.
MOOCs are free, there are no costs associated and there is no real disappointment. I choose upfront what I want to gain from my involvement. I like this approach. So even though I didn’t do the assignments I learnt a lot and I have some great references for future use. If you want to see the links I have saved them in a pearl tree for quick access http://pear.ly/bXmNj.
My current MOOC is also through canvas.net and it started yesterday. I am really excited about this one as we will be exploring instructional design techniques for mobile learning. I can’t wait to see where this MOOC will take me. To keep track of the web resources I will access through this course I will also use pearl trees. If you are interested you can keep track at http://pear.ly/b5YC1.
Okay back in touch soon, wish me luck.