Here I am…writing my last post on my ETMOOC reflections. My experiences, my participation, my learning. It’s all about me folks …but is it really going to be my last post about my MOOC experiences?
I’ve really given this question a lot of thought lately. With my tech courses coming to an end, I have been wondering what I’ll do with what I’ve learned, especially now that I’ve been introduced to so many new ways of learning and so many new technologies, cool technologies, that I’m really enjoying. I’ve never thought of myself as a tech nerd, I’m thinking that statement is so, SO, last century! I like technology and I’m not scared of it. And, yes, I absolutely LOVE texting, that’s the best thing ever invented! It is an exciting time to be learning, I see so many new opportunities opening up and just waiting for me….
I was truly inspired by the ETMOOC session I watched with Will Richardson called “Re:Learn – The Challenges and Opportunities of Modern Learning”. The ETMOOC archives can be found here. I was so inspired, I decided to blog about it…
Will’s words really resonated with me, I’m caught between the Traditional Learner model and the Modern Learner. Where do I fit? I certainly grew up with the traditional model, but I really feel I fit into the modern model much better. The modern model seems such a natural fit for me; I love the feeling of being able to discover learning on my own, it makes it that much more authentic, the transparency is there, I am totally connected and networked and I can work on it as I feel. What can be better than that?? Sounds pretty sweet to me. It’s a good feeling, a happy feeling! I think as an educator, I really need to be aware of those around me, perhaps some of them are not as comfortable as I am in this new space…both students and adults alike. I think I’m on the right track, I’m sure I’m going to take a few different directions as I continue on my learning journey, and that’s ok! I really like the notion of a ‘life-long learner’, I see myself as that! It’s crazy, I know, but how can I not be a life long learner with all these free MOOC’s that are available?? oh, and did I mention they were Free? Yeah, FREE! I think everyone needs to find their “Ed-entity” (as Will put it…sooo clever!) and I think it will just take some time for everyone to get there. I am still finding my “ed-entity” and I’m ok with that…it is a journey.
I was so hesitant about blogging way back in January. I wasn’t sure what to do or how to do it. Now look at me….I’m blogging! I think it will only get better as I keep at it. I really think my posts have gotten better too, I am finding my voice and my way around. It’s kind of a nice feeling!
So…is this going to be one of my last posts about open learning? I think NOT. Last week on Twitter someone posted about some MOOC starting up in the next few months…and guess what?? I signed up for two of them! That’s right, 2 (two). One called Social Psychology and the other E-Learning and Digital Cultures, both found here. I think I’ll be continuing with this…and blogging about it! In his ETMOOC session, Will stated “May be the most amazing time ever to be a learner”, why yes, Will, I truly believe that it is!