Learning – Motivated by MOOC Madness

I believe in serendipitous learning. For those educators who are connected online, or consider themselves to be part of a professional learning network or  PLN, such learning opportunities present themselves with regular frequency. Readers who have followed my blog for the past year know how excited I was when Darren Kuropatwa sent me an email suggesting that I might like to participate in a free, “massive open online course” or MOCC called Digital Storytelling – DS106. Those wishing to learn more about my amazing adventure, need only click on the DS106 category link on the right-side menu to filter out more than three dozen posts that share my excitement as I became engaged in this free, online learning environment.

Learning - The Ultimate Game

I was so excited about the learning and networking opportunities that were afforded me through my initial DS106 exposure last Spring, that I again enrolled in DS106 this January. This action exposed me to Ben Rimes and his informative blog called “The Tech Savvy Educator” where he announced in early January that he had “also signed up for #ETMOOC”. I was intrigued and searched out this Educational Technology & Media MOOC. Like DS106, participants choose their own learning goals, engage in dialogue with other educators, share ideas and resources, and reflect through their individual blogs posts. All tweets with the hashtag #ETMOOC and blog posts with the tag or category ETMOOC will be aggregated centrally thanks to the dedication and hard work of Alan Levine (aka cogdog) and his team. Needless to say, I was intrigued, so I signed up for ETMOOC and officially start this unique learning adventure tomorrow with over 1200 participants representing 67 countries around the world. Future blog posts relating to this unique endeavour will be classified and listed under the newly created ETMOOC category found in the right-hand menu.

My second serendipitous learning opportunity occurred last night while I was scanning some of the aggregated tweets from ETMOOC participants. One individual (who I unfortunately cannot remember, so as to give credit) commented about the creativity of the educational posters created by Krissy Venosdale. As luck would have it, I searched through Krissy’s posters and thought that the image that I included above represented well my love of learning. Thanks Krissy for caring and sharing.

Take care & keep smiling 🙂

–   Flickr – Creative Commons image “Learning”
by Krissy Venosdale – http://www.flickr.com/photos/venosdale/7051065819/

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6 Responses to Learning – Motivated by MOOC Madness

  1. Ben says:

    Thanks for turning me onto Krissy’s awesome work! I’d heard the name before, but hadn’t been presented with something as compelling as Space Invaders themed piece of motivational ed-art!

    This should certainly be an interesting experience for the both of us…we’ll have to represent DS106 well 🙂

  2. admin says:

    Hi Ben … If you enjoyed the “space Invaders” poster, you will probably find the myriad of motivational educational posters in Krissy’s Flickr photostream to be a goldmine! I plan to write a post about Krissy’s amazing resource so that more educators can motivate their students by downloading her free, relevant poster images.

    I wonder if participating in two MOOCs, as the same time, will “double our fun”? I was so impressed with the idea flow as #ETMOOC participants added thoughts to Alec Couros’ whiteboard during the Welcoming presentation last night. What a tremendous learning and networking opportunity! Now I just have to figure out how Google Plus works so I can “hangout” with some amazing educators world wide.

    Take care & keep smiling 🙂 Brian

  3. Ben says:

    I’ve already double-dipped, completing the “Speed Up Your Work Day” video assignment and talking a bit about digital storytelling for #ETMOOC.


    Shhhhh, don’t tell anyone, hehe. And thanks for the mention of Krissy’s work, I’ve been digging it on Flickr.

  4. admin says:

    Awesome video Ben! I appreciate any person who uses all fingers (on both hands) when keyboarding. 🙂 I, too, am going to do by best to create activity/assignments for DS106 that may also benefit my fellow ETMOOC colleagues. I think I’ll create a short blog post on Krissy’s wealth of motivational, educational posters. After all some of my blog readers are tired of my, somewhat dedicated, focus on MOOCs and just want practical classroom activities, tips, and resources that they can use to engage their students and make teaching easier.

    Take care & keep smiling 🙂 Brian

  5. Karen Young says:

    Thanks for sharing about DS106. I’m going to check it out and see what it’s about.

  6. admin says:

    Hi Karen … I encourage you to visit the DS106 web site at: http://ds106.us/ As an educator, I think you will find there is a wealth of creative assignments that you may be able to adapt to the needs of your students. The assignment bank found at: http://assignments.ds106.us/ contains more than 500 activities categorized into 8 different areas. I encourage you to explore this resource and have fun!

    Take care & keep smiling 🙂 Brian

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