Reflecting on the Mooc-ed course : DIGITAL LEARNING TRANSICTION FALL 2015
After taking the first MOOC run by Friday Institute last summer I wanted to do some more activities with them. I had really appreciated the work and the activities which they presented last summer. If you are interested, you can see what I did online .Just follow the link to my website https://sites.google.com/site/thenewworldoflearning/home/learning-differences, the topic of the MOOC was " Learning Differences".
If you are interested you can enrol for next year Mood-ed courses: just check online what they are going to present. I feel that we can learn a lot from the educators who work in the USA as they are involved in bettering the system of education and they share ideas and their experiences in different fields:
The MOOC courses are run by following scheduled modules which are released every Monday. Usually, you are provided with the syllabus and information about the educators and tutors before you start studying online. Each unit has a presentation online with a video and a long list of web links with videos and also materials that can be accessed online and saved on your PC too. You are asked to interact with the other educators and to write your own plan - the final activity -based on the topic of the course. In order to get your certificate, you need to interact online and post in the forum of the MOOC. You are required to submit your task or the online presentations you have created and you have to evaluate the other students' activities. If you have the time you can also work online thanks to Twitter hashtags they provide you with and sometimes they also run Google hangouts to interact online with the teachers. Last summer I had great discussions online with an American teacher online and other teachers from the USA and also Europe.
I chose to do the MOOC in September but I was very busy so I started later but they gave us more time to finish the activity. I worked online by doing all the activities and I was able to finish by 19th December; I must admit that it was really engaging. In particular, I liked the idea of thinking about what we all should do in order to work in a different way.
This is the final certificate which I got when I finished all the activities, for each week I had also to provide the feedback and think about the best ways for improving the course next year.
I would like to add that I have learnt a lot of new things as digital learning is now considered important also in my country, but most schools do not have good technology. This is true also abroad.
The course had a lot of links with the USA and its reality but I was able to think about my teaching situation and to see what is missing and what should be done to work better. It is a pity that resources are poor and most of the schools cannot offer learning environments that are meeting the needs of the students who really want to be engaged.
This is the padlet where I wrote and saved the material and the interesting links they provided online. I must admit that it was the discovery of a great community of educators who share their knowledge. Everybody wanted to work better with their students. This is great because education can suffer because Governments do not invest, but most of the educators are lovers of their jobs.
And this is my Action Plan as presented online:
Yes, we can.
We can work better
We can help our students to work in a different way and work in the XXI century and help them learn about new skills!
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