If you are wondering about #OSSEMOOC, here is the story of how we are working to connect leaders, and helping Ontario learners, to thrive in the complexities of teaching and learning in today’s rapidly changing world.
There is a vast amount of information online, and digging into it can sometimes feel too overwhelming to even begin. Yet our students will need to be quite adept at this process as they navigate the new realities of a digitally-connected world.
What best practices do we need to model as leaders to ensure our students are gaining the skills they need to be able to find, organize, create, make meaning, and share?
Sue Waters tackles this questions.
This piece was originally posted on the #OSSEMOOC blog for the June “pic and post” event.
Today is my day to participate in the #OSSEMOOC Pic and Post, where we encourage learners to pick ONE piece of learning, take a shot of it, and share it with others.
Got something to share? Of course you do!
Here’s how to make your learning visible so others can learn too: http://ossemooc.wordpress.com/2014/05/29/collaborative-blogging-2/
If nobody shares, nobody learns!
As we celebrate the first anniversary of #etMOOC*, I am overwhelmed with the stories of growth and sharing and learning.
* For those who hear about how MOOCs are a trend, a fad, a failure or a passing phase, here is the kind of MOOC I am referring to:
#etMOOC connected people.
It wasn’t about content. It wasn’t about assignments. It was about experiencing the world of people out there who care about learners, who advocate for change, who take risks, who share their learning every single day.
It was about creating together, playing together, learning together.
I am fascinated by how the experience blurred our professional and personal lives.
We didn’t draw a line between the two.
We allowed, and continue to allow, our best traits, our life experiences, our travels and our learning to inform our time together, be it online or f2f.
We learn together whether we are “on the clock” or “on the road”.
We model what learning can be: self-directed, shared, always available. Supported, stretched, generous and courageous.
#etMOOC brought out the best in us. #etMOOC brings out the best in us.
Happy #etMOOC anniversary. Keep learning and sharing.
Recently, this post was shared with me on Twitter:
This week, one of the conspirators of #etMOOC, Alan Levine (a.k.a. @cogdog), emailed me with a challenge – to submit a video of a time when being open and sharing online resulted in something special happening.
What could be more special than lunch with cogdog himself?
Update: More about Alan Levine right here (from Dean Shareski):
Here’s the story (told while snowshoeing with my beagle north of Lake Superior).
The story at the time: The Kindness of (not really) strangers: http://cogdogblog.com/2011/08/22/kindness-of-strangers/#comments
Do you have a story of when being open and sharing online turned into something really special? Tell the story in video and share it here.
I enjoy reading Hattie’s work (Visible Learning and Visible Learning for Teachers), but in all the quality time I have spent with Hattie’s writing, I have only really thought about how it applied to children/students.
My first day in #etMOOC changed all that.
I have been encouraging educators I work with to engage in the #etMOOC experience (“encouraged” may be perceived by some as an understatement). You already know how I feel about this perfect/open/free opportunity to learn and connect.
Yet throughout the last three months of “talking up #etMOOC”, I thought only about how much my colleagues were going to learn about educational technology. I had not expected to learn so much about learning – on the first day!
On day 1, Jenni Scott-Marciski wrote her first blog post ever. She shared her experiences in joining Twitter, her hesitations about blogging, and here very personal thinking about connecting.
Even though I see Jenni every day, this was all new to me. Yes, I knew she was using Twitter to learn and connect, and yes, I knew she had started #etMOOC, but I was astonished at how much better I understand her learning now with just one posting.
She was making her thinking and learning visible, and it helped me to understand where we need to go next.
I had a similar experience with my #etmooc introduction. I have been trying to use iMovie for months now, sneaking in to watch and learn from students as they create videos in their classrooms, asking for help from friends. But the process of making and posting a video made my learning visible to others, and as a result I have received direct instruction on what to fix and how as I move forward in my learning.
I would not have posted that video if it was for “marks” or if it was for an evaluation. I would have kept my learning private. But the understanding that I am in a safe and supportive learning environment made me feel encouraged to share and learn.
And what does this tell us about student learning?