Reflections of a Learning Journey and the Connections made along the way

Archive for July, 2011

Designing a MOOC

What an adventure it has been to be a member of the design team of the EpCop MOOC.

What is a MOOC you ask?  It stands for Massive Open Online Course.  To find out more visit the Learnspace here. https://sites.google.com/site/epcoplearnspace/home/mooc

The focus of the course is Eportfolios. We started with a list of questions.  We wanted to address the What, Why, How, Where, So What, Now What and Then What of creating and reflecting in Eportfolios!

The structure of the Course is a game based. Participants will work their way through the Levels completing Missions and Quests and collecting Badges along the way.

We spent a lot of time gathering resources into a kit and creating a glossary.  Then with Coach Carole leading the way we put together the content for the course. Sandra was responsible for the creation of the MOOC Scoop, whilst I put together some podcasts.  Junita had the job of gathering a team of Challenge mentors together to help the participants master the technology
involved in creating an eportfolio.  Carole created a NING network where participants can form groups and discuss aspects of the
course.  Already there is a group for the design team and the Challenge Mentors.

There will also be live sessions weekly in a Virtual Classroom. The introductory session for the MOOC will be on 27th July 2011 at 8:00pm in the Virtual Classroom.  Click this link to join the session.   http://tinyurl.com/29tyznz

It is not too late to register online at https://sites.google.com/site/epcoplearnspace/how-to-contribute-to-the-mooc/epcop-mooc-register-here

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Reflect and Connect – Another Course Completed.

YNH Services recently completed the second delivery of Reflect and Connect – a Reflective Practice course delivered entirely online in Moodle.  Nine participants completed the course from all over Australia and even one from UK.  We also had input from Juan in
Barcelona.

The feedback was fantastic.  Even though learners felt the workload was quite heavy for a six week course, all reported that they really enjoyed the experience and learnt everything they hoped for and more.   Junita Lyon assisted me in facilitating the course for this delivery with Coach Carole watching over our shoulders as our e-mentor.

To find out more about the course and what the participants thought visit the group blog.  http://eliberation2010.wordpress.com/

Whilst there find the links to the participants blogs that were created during the course.  Some of the students are continuing to build on their blogs and maintaining their online presence in spaces such as Twitter and Facebook.