- What is your intention for this course (why are you here)?
I am fascinated by the ideas behind MOOCs and I want to catch a glimpse of where education is headed online. I teach expository writing online for a community college, creating all of my own course work, etc., using Sakai (Laulima). I find the tools helpful but limited and often glitchy. I hope this experience helps me understand the online learning experience as a student and its potential for motivating students to create and explore.
- What issues do you think are important?
I am interested in the idea of re-purposing and re-mixing and having students make their own connections. I also like the idea of breaking open access to free education — Where could this lead for college students as well as K-12?
- How will I contribute?
I have to see. I suppose I may be asking a lot of questions. 😉
- How would you like to see community develop among participants?
I’m not sure what this is asking, so I’ll say I hope we see each other as resources and stay in contact afterwards if we make a neat connection with other like-minded educators.
- These types of courses are new for most people. In fact about 90% don’t even participate. How will you overcome the fear of learning in the open and the frustration of using new technology? How do you plan to courageously work through any setbacks, and not give up?
I watch my online students do this every day. They are remarkably resilient. I’ll try to model their behavior! Learning in the open is odd for me, but increasingly more and more comfortable. I had one other experience with “learning in the open” and supervisors were present and somewhat participating (lurking?)… Now that was odd!