So I completed my first etmooc session today and to tell you the truth it was really fun! If you suspect a hint of surprise, you would be right. Having never experienced a MOOC before, even having read a little about it, I was unsure of what to expect. Whilst the session was just an introduction to things that will be covered in the course, it was a great taste of what is to come.
What I have learnt already…
1. There are people from other countries who laugh at my jokes!
The chatroom was a buzz with people connecting/reconnecting, commenting, suggesting and providing information and support via links. It was exciting to see so many people engaged in an opportunity to learn or develop their skills and from so many different professional backgrounds.
2. Alec Couros has a good sense of humour and can tolerate being teased.
Alec is a good sport and exemplified the fun in learning. It was quite impressive how he managed to keep his train of thought, talk and read comments fly by all at the same time. The chatroom did at one point become somewhat of a “Couros love fest” with @gcouros being thrown in there, even though he wasn’t a part of it!
…and on an educational note..
3. Blackboard Collaborate is a great tool.
This was my “virgin” experience of this collaborative tool. It was CRAZY! I definitely see the value in using this space, however, due the the hoards of people participating, the comment feed flew so fast it was hard to keep up AND contribute/graffiti on the slides Alec was presenting. As one participant suggested though, this forum would possibly not be where the significant learning would occur. Instead, the development of groups and discussion via twitter or Google+ would be where the connections would come to bear fruit.
4. Plenty of folks are on the same page!
There are many people asking questions similar to mine and responding to prompts similarly. This provides me with confidence that our collective voice will come up with some really interesting ideas and possibilities. I am also looking forward to challenging some of the ideas presented. Alec prompted us to discuss what is digital literacy? It was amazing to see so many comments that were fear based. This will be an interesting discussion me thinks!
5. Plenty of folks are on a different page!
There are many people within the etmooc crowd that are well established digital contributors and it is heartening to see their willingness to help those with less advanced skills/experiences. It was also great to see so many people taking the “ski jump” (as Alec showed) and entering the blogosphere and twitterland for the first time.
Needless to say that the first etmooc session has left me enthused for the next round, bring it on!
(NO COWS WERE HARMED DURING THE ORIENTATION SESSION OF ETMOOC DESPITE THE CONSISTENT EFFORTS OF PARTICIPANTS TO MAKE THEM PERFORM RIDICULOUS DANCE MOVES!)