Here is where I tend to work when at home with a few details in the form of a Thinklink (inspired by an intro activity @bonstewart used in one of her online courses).
I recently participated in #DigiWriMo, which I would consider the first MOOC I actively participated in. I’ve started quite a few MOOCS and have always had the best of intentions that seemed to quickly fade with each passing week (never wanting to admit that my excitement in the beginning was so weak as to disappear so quickly). As I start a new learning path, I just want to reflect on what worked for me with #DigiWriMo.
- There were several spaces to communicate with others in the course, but there wasn’t a closed space that felt crowded. I didn’t get that initial feeling of “wow, there are 700 people in this course introducing themselves”. Instead, there was a group of people using Twitter, and they were the ones that I read and listened to because that is the space I liked (kind of like the kitchen at a party).
- The activities were intriguing and open enough to shape into something that was meaningful to me.
- Facilitators Maha, Kevin, and Sarah, did a great job taking on different roles and engaging people throughout the course. It didn’t feel as if I was missing something that was happening somewhere else.
- It fit into the context of what I was doing both personally (moving to a new place and job and having few social attachments) and professionally (as I started to work on some faculty development for teaching and learning online).
- I was able to more actively participate in different live Twitter chats and really found them to be fun and beneficial.
Here I am, very happy to have caught the beginning of #humanMOOC because I already follow some of the folks involved and it aligns wonderfully with a course I am working on for faculty at my institution. I am excited to work through this month using my blog as a space to contribute and have the opportunity to interact with the great line-up of guest hangouts (@KateMfD and conversation about mindfulness was a great start) and other participants.