Monday, December 14, 2015

Friday, October 30, 2015

Digital Media for Teaching and Learning

I am currently taking Digital Media for Teaching and Learning.  Since I teach a similar semester-long online course, I am interested in how they structure the course and which projects they have designed.  I also hope to meet other second language teachers to add to my personal learning network.

What I find especially intriguing is that this MOOC (as I understand it) has been designed by graduate students of Dr. Torrey Trust.  Talk about project-based learning!  What a fantastic idea - to have your own students learn about web design by creating something that can be of real benefit to others around the world.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

ISTE Conference 2015

The information at the ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) in June in Philadelphia was abundant and at times overwhelming.  I attended sessions on Chrome Extensions, Touchcast and many more.

Although I thought that Touchcast offered some amazing features for creating videos, I was very disappointed to learn that it does not as yet provide closed captioning.  I hope that this feature will be offered in the near future because I would really like to use this tool for my online course.

The Chrome Extensions: Making Chrome Work for You presentation by Samantha Morra was excellent.  She even shared a link to her presentation slides.

What I have learned is that I need to practice with each of these tools or extensions in order to make them useful for me and to be able to share what I have learned with other teachers.  Over the next few weeks, we'll see if "practice makes perfect!"

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Tips for Participating in MOOCS

I have taken quite a few MOOCs since they were originally started by George Siemens and Steven Downes in 2008. With them I took Connectivism and Connective Knowledge (2008) and Personal Learning Environments, Networks and Knowledge (2010)

Now MOOCS are mostly run by organizations such as Coursera, Edx and Udacity.   Through Coursera I took Video Games and Learning (2013), Understanding Video Games (2014) and am presently taking Emerging  Trends & Technology in the Virtual k-12 Classroom (2015).  Through Edx I took Design and Development of Educational Technology (2014). 

On the basis of these experiences I have come up with some tips for participating that I plan to employ in all future MOOCS and which may be useful to others as well.

1.  Read through the syllabus carefully to see what parts are going to be of interest to you.  You don't have to do all the assignments.  Be picky and devote time to those activities that will be a good use of your limited time.
2.  Write a detailed  introduction in the discussion forums so that others with similar interests can find you.  You can often make very valuable connections with people in these forums.

3.  Read and contribute to discussions.  You learn by putting your thoughts in written form.   You can also learn and grow from the responses that others write to your posts.  In addition, your own learning or teaching experiences may be really be valuable to others, so be sure to post some replies to what others post.

On of the best aspects of MOOCS if not taken for credit or certificates of achievement is that you get to choose your own level of participation.  So how much you learn is up to you!