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Open Educational Resources and Pedagogy

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Hopefully discussion about how OERs affect pedagogy will continue in the FSLT12 Week 4 Moodle discussion forum There is still lots to talk about. Dave White’s presentation to FSLT12 yesterday included a number of thought-provoking ideas.

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#fslt12 MOOC – Registration

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Some aspects of the course are only accessible through registration, e.g. the Moodle discussion forums. The three activities we have designed, which you can find details of on the Moodle site, are for everyone – not only those who choose to be assessed. Details of the activities can be found on the Moodle site.

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#fslt12 MOOC – Registration

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Some aspects of the course are only accessible through registration, e.g. the Moodle discussion forums. The three activities we have designed, which you can find details of on the Moodle site, are for everyone – not only those who choose to be assessed. Details of the activities can be found on the Moodle site.

#fslt12 MOOC Week 1 starts today, 21-05-12

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We have around 120 people registered on the WordPress and Moodle sites and about 16 interested in being assessed. Activity in the Moodle forums last week, particularly in response to the question ‘What is learning for you?’ There are some resources on this in Week 1 of the Moodle site – [link]. The MOOC is off to a really good start. And there are likely quite a few more following the course without registering.

#fslt12 MOOC Week 1 starts today, 21-05-12

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We have around 120 people registered on the WordPress and Moodle sites and about 16 interested in being assessed. Activity in the Moodle forums last week, particularly in response to the question ‘What is learning for you?’ There are some resources on this in Week 1 of the Moodle site – [link]. The MOOC is off to a really good start. And there are likely quite a few more following the course without registering.

#fslt12 Week 2 is underway

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There is loads of great discussion on the FSLT12 MOOC Moodle site and there have been a number of fascinating blog posts which have been aggregated on the FSLT12 MOOC WordPress site. These can be found in the Moodle site and on various blogs.

#fslt Week 4 with Dave White

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Discussion about the ideas raised by this video are being discussed in the Week 4 Moodle forum. Many, but by no means all of the reflective writing examples have been on people’s blogs and the collaborative bibliography activity took place in the Week 2 Moodle wiki .

#fslt12 Week 0 – starts tomorrow – Monday 14 May

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The course officially starts on 21 st May (and will run for 5 weeks until 22 nd June), so next week is a good time for anyone who is interested in following the course to have a look round our WordPress and Moodle sites and spend a bit of time setting yourself up and deciding where and how you want to participate. The run up to the First Steps in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education Mooc is well under way.

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#fslt12 Week 0 – starts tomorrow – Monday 14 May

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The course officially starts on 21 st May (and will run for 5 weeks until 22 nd June), so next week is a good time for anyone who is interested in following the course to have a look round our WordPress and Moodle sites and spend a bit of time setting yourself up and deciding where and how you want to participate. The run up to the First Steps in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education Mooc is well under way.

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Jane Hart’s Top Ten Tools for 2014

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I know I use other tools as well as the ones I have mentioned here, such as Diigo, ScoopIt, JustGiving, Moodle and so on. Jane Hart has once again asked for people to vote on the top ten tools that they use when working online. She has been doing this annually since 2007. This is a helpful prompt for reflection on whether my use of technology has changed over the past year and if so why, and if not why. I am not very adventurous in adopting new tools.

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#fslt12 MOOC – Week zero – discussion has started

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The discussions in the FSLT Moodle site are beginning to get going and quite a few people are already blogging or setting up their blogs. We have set up an Arrivals Lounge where people can introduce themselves.

#fslt12 MOOC – Week zero – discussion has started

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The discussions in the FSLT Moodle site are beginning to get going and quite a few people are already blogging or setting up their blogs. We have set up an Arrivals Lounge where people can introduce themselves.

#FSLT12 Week 3 with Etienne and Bev Wenger-Trayner

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Apostolos Koutropoulos has initiated a discussion about this in the #fslt12 Week 3 Moodle Forum. We have had what feels like a bit of a pause over the weekend – many UK participants were maybe taking a break for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations.

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FSLT13 – What is learning?

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Whilst this is an orientation week, no time has been wasted in getting down to the nitty gritty, with George Roberts asking the question in the Week 0 Moodle Forum – ‘What is learning?’

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#fslt12 Final Week – Microteaching

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Have a look in the Moodle wiki and on people’s blogs. This week the focus is teaching and the evaluation of teaching. This #fslt12 course is based on a course which runs face-to-face at Oxford Brookes University. The First Steps course is an element of the Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development’s ( OCSLD ) HEA accredited Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education (PCTHE).

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The Benefits and Risks of Academic Openness

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As Frances has said in the Moodle discussion forum. Yesterday Frances Bell made a presentation to FSLT12 MOOC on. The role of Openness by Academics in the Transformation of their Teaching and Learning Practices. This was a thought provoking session. Frances didn’t throw content at us, tell us what to think or how to think, but challenged our thinking with the questions. How can openness benefit my practice? What risks are presented by open academic?

Almost ready for ALT-C 2013

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We also have an open Moodle discussion forum on the SCoPE community’s site, courtesy of Sylvia Currie and BCcampus. ALT-C 2013 is now less than a week away and I think we (Roy Williams and I) are almost ready for our workshop on Tuesday 10 th Sept at 3.00 pm – Learning in the Open.

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Reflective Learning and the Glass Half Empty

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There are many ways of ‘marking’ learning, especially these days with multimedia at our fingertips, but my blog serves this purpose as I explain in this video, which is also posted on the #fslt Moodle site.

Reflective Learning and the Glass Half Empty

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There are many ways of ‘marking’ learning, especially these days with multimedia at our fingertips, but my blog serves this purpose as I explain in this video, which is also posted on the #fslt Moodle site.

FSLT13 Reflections on teaching

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Focus on your own learning experiences, how do you learn best? How have your own learning experiences influenced how you teach? These are the questions asked in the first week of the FSLT13 course (not yet a MOOC.

The Case for SmOOCs

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We had 151 people register for FSLT12 and 168 register for the Moodle site. Canada, USA, South America, Africa, Europe, India, the Far East and Australia were all represented and at the time of writing 60 people have accessed the Moodle site within the last 3 weeks. We haven’t yet examined the data in any detail, so these are just rough estimates and we don’t know how many people accessed the Moodle site as a Guest.

The Benefits and Risks of Academic Openness

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As Frances has said in the Moodle discussion forum. Yesterday Frances Bell made a presentation to FSLT12 MOOC on. The role of Openness by Academics in the Transformation of their Teaching and Learning Practices. This was a thought provoking session. Frances didn’t throw content at us, tell us what to think or how to think, but challenged our thinking with the questions. How can openness benefit my practice? What risks are presented by open academic?

First Steps to Planning a MOOC

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We think we will use Brookes’ Moodle site. We started planning for this MOOC last week – I blogged about it here – [link]. There has already been a lot written about planning and running a MOOC. Stephen Downes has written a lot of blog posts about this and done many presentations. (See See for example, [link] ; [link] and [link] ). There is also the MOOC Guide Wiki – initiated by Inge de Waard. …. but there’s nothing quite like having to do it yourself for learning!

Is lurking ever indefensible?

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In this context, active participation includes contributions to discussion forums in the course Moodle, blogs, twitter, social networking sites, and in the production of artifacts …. I myself did not contribute to the Moodle discussion forums, Twitter, social networking site or the production of artefacts in PLENK2010, but I did blog – so does that make me an active participant? I have been thinking about this question since my last post.

#fslt12 MOOC – first reflections

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Fortunately for us we had three wonderful technologists – Joe Rosa, who sorted out the Moodle site for us, Sylvia Currie who not only ‘lent us’ her Blackboard Collaborate site, but also managed it all for us and Liz Lovegrove, who uploaded presentations, videos and resources to our Moodle site.

#Change11- Half way point reflections

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There have also been those who have missed having a central discussion forum, e.g. a Moodle forum as we had in CCK08 – but personally I am OK with no central forum – in fact I sincerely hope that Stephen, George and Dave stick to their principles of how they think learning in MOOCs should be modeled, demonstrated and exemplified and don’t get swayed by low engagement figures to cave in and provide more structured courses.

CCK11 – Interesting start

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CCK11 is not using Moodle for discussion as previous CCK courses have. Stephen suggested that the scaffolding of the course for CCK11 will be from the Daily rather than from Moodle – I think it also comes from the synchronous sessions – which is perhaps why – at one point – there were 103 people in the session, which finally settled down to about 96. An interesting start to CCK11 – which was marked by the synchronous Elluminate session tonight.

CCK11 Learner autonomy

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Past courses have had Moodle discussion forums – but this course is taking a true distributed learning approach.

Cognition

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In the course materials on Moodle, cognition is described as: The capacity to infer, or detect faulty inferences, to use communicative elements in order to describe, argue, explain or define. The discussion in Moodle about the evolving definition of ’expert’ generated quite a bit of interest. This is the subject of Week 1 (which has already whizzed by) of the Critical Literacies online open course.

Pragmatics as a Critical Literacy

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Week 3 of the Critical Literacies course bears the title Pragmatics which is described in Moodle as follows: The capacity to use communicative elements in actions, or to take actions using communication, to express, commit, interrogate, and engage in interactions.

# PLENK2010 – Breadth versus depth – an illusion?

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Others have talked about feeling overwhelmed as George has noted – in his Moodle forum post (Making sense of (in?) This is a response to Dave Ferguson’s and Stephen Downes’ comment’ on my blog post. Well actually more of a reflection than a response. I understand Dave’s response.

#PLENK2010 The relevance of learning theories

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The Moodle discussion forums have been much quieter – but perhaps this is because it is Week 4 of the course. I was interested to see what George would come up with re the relationship between learning theories and PLE/PLNs. Dave Cormier has posted somewhere – I think – that this is a hard week in a MOOC – probably made even harder by the subject of learning theories :-).

#PLENK2010 Research, technology and networks

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We had also published drafts of the papers in the CCK09 Moodle site before submitting them to the Networked Learning Conference. The guest speaker for the second week of the PLENK course has been Martin Weller – what a treat! The link to the recording of his Elluminate presentation is here. Basically – his talk was about how depressed he is that research is not ‘keeping up with the times’ in terms of advances in technology and networked learning.

#PLENK2010 Curation and Balance

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End of Week 1 Notes (based on listening to the recordings of the two live sessions, having read a couple of references from the list and commented here – having kept an eye on the Daily and Twitter stream – and popped in on the Moodle forums – but not read much).

CCK08 Research Papers

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So we have posted them (having first asked George and Stephen if that would be OK) in a variety of places including: CCK09 Moodle site in Week 4 and General Discussion forums. We – Sui Fai John Mak, Roy Williams and I - have finally completed work on 2 research papers following our participation in CCK08. Blogs and Forums as Communication and Learning Tools in a MOOC. The ideals and Reality of Participating in a MOOC.

Choosing to blog

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…and I can see that these spectra might apply to the choice between blogging and an Elluminate session, or blogging and joining a Second Life group, but I find it much harder to apply these spectra to the choice between blogging and the Moodle discussion forums, which is a choice that I made myself on the CCK08 course.

Critical Literacy – a personal perspective

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Rita’s first question in Moodle give us a steer. Like Ken I need to sort out where discussion is going to focus in this course and what type of literacy we will be talking about.

Research is scary!

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Did you blog or post to the moodle forums, or both, or neither during the CCK08 course? We have launched our CCK08 survey today. It seemed to us that there must be very few courses that offer participants the choice of where they want to communicate, and that it would be interesting, if not important, to investigate the possible reasons behind the choices that were made. We have spent a month working out the design for the survey.

Using technology in teaching

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a VLE (my preference is Moodle, but I also work on Blackboard and WebCT), Email, discussion forums, WordPress and Blogger, a wiki (my preference is pbworks, but I have also used wikispaces and the VLE wikis), Word, Powerpoint (I only use this infrequently these days), Wimbacreate (to convert Word documents into webpages), Flickr for photo sharing, Youtube (I haven’t yet created a video, but use video created by others in my teaching). How do you use technology in your teaching?

Teachers talk too much

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Again, if they want more participation in the various communication groups, Ning, Facebook, Second Life, blogs, wikis, Moodle, then there might need to be more teacher intervention at the beginning of the course to establish this - but it seems to me that more teacher intervention is the antithesis to what the CCK08 experience (or whatever you want to call it) is all about. The CCK08 round up was an interesting meeting.