Today, I felt isolated both in my MOOC and the EDC course. After, a wonderful Skype meeting with Eli a while back I have decided to reach out and connect with my peers. I have to admit that my human drive for social interaction has got the better of me.
Knox, J. (2015). Critical Education and Digital Cultures.
As much as I love the google hangouts, I’m needing an extra shot of chat …anyone up for a Skype chats this week ? #mscedc
— Linzi McLagan (@LinziMclagan) February 20, 2017
This week has been a rollercoaster. The original Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) ‘Leadership and Management’ made me panic as I quickly noticed that there did not seem to be an active online community than I had anticipated. I, therefore, enrolled myself onto another MOOC through Coursera and based the selection of subject on my current interests. The course discussion forum showed a cohort of participants from a professional background with the aim to further their understanding of ‘The Brain and Space.’ During the first couple of days, the forum was full of introductions, but no mention of the course content. I found myself an ardent participant throughout the first couple of days until I began to evaluate the process, content, and assessment. After an intense study period, I began to contemplate ways to challenge the technology behind the multiple choice quiz in the assessment process. At work, collegiality was tested as we discussed the impact of MOOC’s on employability. I put my mark on our MSCEDC online community map and valued the presence of a book after both purchasing and reading a few digital education ebooks. I finished the week appreciating the xMOOC and through self-reflection questioned the need for discussion if aims and objectives are logical and course content and structure transparent. I felt that maybe a cMOOC would have been a better fit and began to compare and understand the importance of both. I also witnessed my daughter transition from an avid youtube viewer to an aspiring vlogger, recording her every move and thought on her iPad.