May 4, 2013

H817 In Conclusion

In Conclusion of my participation in H817 Open Education (MOOC section), I offer these reflections:

Goals:
Original goals that I listed in my first post:
  • think about how open education can relate to and work with the regimented, paid, closed education environment that I am involved with
  • have fun and learn some more internet tools that help in effective online learning
  • increase my PLN
What I came away with:
  1. Open education related to my current position: I just had a conversation this last week in relation to this. This conversation would not have been possible without my participation in this MOOC. The Uni has now hired somebody to look at how OER's could be incorporated into our LMS!  Sound of clapping! Ongoing goal.
  2. Fun - not really. It was more like work in this online course. Internet tools - not so much but I have learnt a bit more about blogging and have enjoyed the xtranormal's at the end of this course (put that on my todo list)
  3. PLN - yes, it's growing and thank you to all who have shared in the Google+ Community and Deb for setting it up!

Badges:
Getting them - enjoyed the process on gaining two badges. Liked the feeling of having them on my blog.
Mozilla backpack - no, haven't gone there. Unfortunately my IT training kicks in and I cringe at signing up for a 'beta' program. However it has been a conversation starter with others and I'm keeping my eye on that space.
Future - I have my blog content to backup my effort for the badges. However I still think we need more of a rubric for detail on what the facilitator was looking for when awarding the badges. I may share these with my work colleagues in the future who know little or nothing of Open Education or online 'rewarding'. I've also looked at designing my own badges for various things and think this could be great fun!

Learnings:
I feel much more comfortable in conversing about Open Education. It has also opened doors for me personally in finding OER's big and little and sharing them with family and friends who might be new to this online space.

Timezone issues arose when I was unable (read: sleeping/unwilling to get out of bed and think) to participate in twitter chats and collaborative sessions. I think MOOC's should have facilitators in different timezones and different continents.

It would be great to see some language conversion available on the google+ community as well. this might attract more people from different language backgrounds.
Blog Stats:
I chose these two stats from this blog which has been dedicated to this course.
Does this reflect my PLN or is it more about who is participating in this course? It's not really location specific as I'm located in Australia and sometimes I would have liked to have more direct interaction with someone in my own timezone. However, posting, sleeping, then reading responses also worked well.

Graphs below: the first one is Browsers and the second one is Operating systems
Questions that this raised for me: 
- Would these graphs change if there was a lot of South African and South American viewing
- Is this important when designing material for future MOOCs
- Why don't more people use Chrome - it's a great browser
- I wonder if I could get these stats for the Google+ community



What Next:
I'm definitely on the hunt for my next MOOC. However my criteria and goals will again be more refined. As part of my survey response to Martin I also mentioned that I might think twice about joining a MOOC that was part of a closed course. I would have liked more interaction with those in the closed course but I felt (not quantified) that they already had a community setup and established ways of communicating and we (open learners) were a different party.
I'm also using lessons learnt in a more closer to home environment, encouraging friends and family in places around this country to use available internet resources. My family are spread across three different states here and I'm really enjoying engaging and collaborating with them online for the first time.
I've enjoyed my interactions and sharing from all....
Thank you.
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