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Week 5 Summary

Week 5 Summary

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.

When old meets new!

When old meets new!

 

My daughter doesn’t seem to watch TV anymore, she enjoys watching youtube and listening to vloggers discuss everyday topics and items. She uses her iPad as a way to express herself and when I caught her vlogging her evening chores, I gave a suggestion that she discuss something interesting and think about what her audience (the rest of the household) would like to listen to and watch.

I gave Gracie a disposable camera that we found in my cupboard. I taught her how to trigger the flash and how to wind the camera up after each image. She recorded the tutorial with confidence and charisma, until stopping to ask me some rather important questions. “Mum, how do I see what I want to take a picture of? Is it just a guessing game ? Do I point and hope for the best?” ๐Ÿ˜‚ ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ

She was appalled that we didn’t have the image instantly and that we had to wait for the images to be processed at a photoshop without any guarantee that they were good. Technology has definitely created a generation conditioned to expect immediate results, with access to products and information instantaneously. #mscedc

 

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Tweet! Can xMOOCs keep you on target?

Tweet! Can xMOOCs keep you on target?

This morning, I began to appreciate the structure and organisation of my current xMOOC, I felt that there was guidance and clear instructions both on content and what was required from me as a participant. A couple of weeks ago, I was explicit in my lifestream Tweets that as a new learner to a topic I enjoy discussion and community learning from experienced participants. However, at times I have to admit that I can be led down the garden path and because the discussion relies on the participants, if they are also new learners or unclear of content, I can lose focus on the course aims and objectives. As Renee puts it , maybeย I am blinded by a constructivist lens?

 

Tweet! Can you cheat the Multiple Choice Quiz system?

Tweet! Can you cheat the Multiple Choice Quiz system?

I am left feeling disheartened about the multiple choice quiz and I’ve started to pick away at the issue of identity and integrity. What if I were only interested in the certification and not bothered about learning. What if I just guessed and made selections like Russian roulette to find the correct answer? Or what if I were to allow someone with better knowledge of the topic to take the quiz instead using my log-in? I am starting to question the value of the accreditation. Are MOOCs just for learners to enhance their knowledge rather than for ambitious or evidential reasons? Now, Marshall ย (2014) speaks of the electronic marking system and that the absence of formal qualification and the free access lowers respect and that there is high risk of cheating. He states that cheating may seem inconsequential but the openness and lack of privacy may be detrimental for their future career. Selecting a box has currently lowered my expectations of what a MOOC can do for me in regard to my Continuous Professional Development (CPD).

References:

Marshall, S., 2014. Exploring the ethical implications of MOOCs. Distance Education, 35(2), pp.250โ€“262.

Definitely prefer the physicality of a book ๐Ÿ“š #fridaynightreading #mscedc http://ift.tt/2lstVTK

Definitely prefer the physicality of a book ๐Ÿ“š #fridaynightreading #mscedc http://ift.tt/2lstVTK

After purchasing ebooks for the EDC course, I read my first paperback that was delivered this week and I LOVED it. I seem to be more engaged with the physical presence of a book and less distracted by online activity, I read the book in two days. The selection of literature not only furthered my knowledge of MOOCs but helped my critical thinking on my current MOOC and online learning in general.

 

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Today, I found out that you can submit the multiple choice quiz as many times until reaching the standard required to progress to the next week. I felt my intrinsic AND extrinsic motivation decrease as the pressure to learn eased off and I knew that If I didn’t pass the first time I could always try again.

 

When you crash course your MOOC!

When you crash course your MOOC!

Even though I have my iPad, Macbook Pro and iPhone active in front of me when studying, I still can not help but use the reliable notebook and pen. I am a kinaesthetic learner and I process information in a way that goes beyond just reading text. If I write down the content I seem to retain the information, even if it takes ALOT longer.

I was too far in the zone today that I forgot my responsibilities, like feed my kid and walk the dog! #neglect