I recenly sent an email to Professor Jared Leising, at Cascadia College, telling him I had participated in his Innovative Poetery of Cascadia MOOC, and that I had completed an ethnography on his course. I included a poem I wrote for the course as well. I have attached below a copy of my letter as well as the response I received from Professor Leising. It is not much a reply in length but he does express more than nominal appreciate for my participation in his group; enough to share my contat with his colleagues. I thought it quite nice and a solid capstone for my effort.
I am a student at the University of Edinburgh, and am completing requirements for the Master of Science in Digital Education program. I am also a Social Studies and Life Science teacher at a high school in Southern California.As part of the coursework for my Education and Digital Culture course, we had to find a MOOC, enroll, and complete an Ethnographical study of the course. I chose The Innovative Poetry of Cascadia, as I used to live in Oregon and the topic was, honestly, outside my field of expertise.I must say I thoroughly enjoyed working through the modules although I was not able to participate in the course during real-time. What I did do was read many of the poems and thoughts of the other participants as well as exploring information about the Cascadia Poetry Festivals.I have included with this email a link to the study I completed. It is not presented in a typical research format but on a platform I believe allowed me to more fully express the color and spirit of the course and themes. Lastly, I thought I would try my hand at poetry as if I was an active participant in the course. I hope you enjoy what I have included.Please feel free to repond if you like, and if so, I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you.Philip Downey
(From Professor Leising):
Thank you, Philip.
I shared this with my co-teachers. It was a lovely surprise!
Really thoughtful and interesting to see it presented in this way.