The final ePcopMOOC webinar is on next week and even though I did not get all the badges I did enjoy what I did and also popping in and out of the MOOC to see what was going on. My learning did not stop with the MOOC but I was distracted by other opportunities that came my way. I’ve become involved in the ACFE ementor project for the Hume region, I have participated in 4 Mighytbell experiences, I have found a few online tutorials to watch, I dipped my toes into Change11. There is varietal free feast out there in cyberspace for those who want to learn and all to the thanks of people who are willing to share their knowledge freely via blog posts and online courses like MOOCs. To those people I say “Thankyou”.
Learning online is all about searching, collecting, curating and displaying information and also gaining an understanding of your new knowledge through reflection and seeking feedback. To learn effectively and efficiently in this way, I think, you have to figure out what Web2.0 tools work for you and select an aggregation of tools for your purposes. You will most probably want to share your knowledge or glean some knowledge from others through social networking sites like facebook, Google+ and twitter. You will most probably want to collect and curate that knowledge via applications like Diigo, Delicious, Evernote, Onenote, Livebinders, Scoop.It, or Searcheeze. You may also want to do some mindmapping with tools like Spicynodes, Pearltrees, Popplet or Mindmap42. Finally you may want to organize and display information and share it with others using tools like Glogster, Prezi, Slideshare, Wordle, Voicethread or a myriad of other options. There are so many tools to choose from and new ones are launched everyday and some also fail and die. It is sometimes hard to decide what tools you will use.
I think that what you need to do is to select an aggregation of tools and put them together, however you want, so that they work for you in your quest for gaining and sharing knowledge.
What do you think?
I really like Diigo. What is your most valued tool?
Reading my emails and I came across this link giving a detailed look at MOOCs. How timely? I was in Bendigo today at Long Gully Neighbourhood house and spread the word around about the eportfolio MOOC. The people from Maryborough showed some interest. I am also going to share the email that Carole sent to me today around to my organisations trainers. I also came across this short video.
I am about to participate in a MOOC. What is a MOOC I hear you say. It is a massive open online course and I am going to further learn about e-portfolios and be introduced to some of the tools that will help me put my e-portfolio together. I will get to understand eportfolios more fully. I already have an e-portfolio in Mahara but this time I have already decided that I am going explore all things Google in the creation of an e-portfolio. We had our first introductory Blackboard Collaborate session tonight. Most of my old friends from “Reflect and Connect” were there. Could you be interested too? If so here is a link to more detail https://sites.google.com/site/epcoplearnspace/
It is great to have time to play and explore. I have finished my course at YNH services now and I also finished my short course on photography at Cobram Community House yesterday. Today I have created a YouTube account and uploaded the Picasa video I created during the photography course. This video is made up of some of the photos I took. They are not all good shots but this video serves as a record for me of what I photographed during the duration of the course. Enjoy.
So you see- I am using skills I learnt in one course to help me showcase the evidence of my participation in the other course.
We have decided to have a technology luncheon once a month at work. This will be an opportunity for staff to learn from each other and share both experiences and new findings. The first topic is going to be “dropboxing”
The first introduction will be to both DROPbox & DROPitTO.me as these two services can work together as a team in regards to file storage, access and sharing.
I hope that through these events that other staff will become as enthusiastic about web2.0 tools as both Paula and I are beacuse Web2.0 tools have great potential or giving productivity effeiciences, presentation creativity and lots of other benefits as well.
Creating a digital desktop learning environment for easy access to communication tools like twitter and Gmail and hyperlinks to the Communities of Practice I am becoming involved with has been one the advantages of doing this course. Below is a Slideshare presentation which tells you a bit bit about that journey.
As I set up my iGoogle page I am thinking about how I can get it to work for me so that I can gain efficiency and productivity. While I was thinking about this I came across this blog post about a Google web address condenser. So if you like all things Google check it out.
I am nearing a destination stop. The end of the course I am doing. But it is not the end of the journey. What I have learnt during the past few weeks has awakened me to the benefits of cultivating strong support networks and developing and remaining actively involved in a professionl learning network. I am also seeing the benefits of using a model based reflection approach to think about incidents that happen. The art and skill of being able to give and receive feedback is also being considered more closely.