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Week 3 of Personal Learning with Stephen Downes

Posted: 11 Mar 2016
Week 3 of Personal Learning with Stephen Downes
Week 3 of Personal Learning with Stephen Downes and we hit a technical glitch with OpenEdX. But one of our number (thanks @Fredrik Graver) created a Google Community. So another online space has come into the mix. My initial reaction was overwhelm :) … but I’m resilient and determined so I’m going to give it a whirl and add yet another environment to my PLE!
On my readings about xMOOCs and cMOOCs I learned that the distinction is that xMOOCs are for-profit programs designed and sold by institutions whereas cMOOCs are designed by individuals for research purposes.
I enjoyed Donald Clark’s pros and cons of the LMS. It was good to see a balanced view. There are some good elearning course design methodologies out there – Cathy Moore is one of my favourites because her approach is real-world and practical. So I suppose if your organisation is compliance driven and you want your staff to gain skills or knowledge this is a way it can be done and recorded. That said, if someone asked me to learn something by completing an eLearn in an LMS you would hear me groaning loudly.
The Xerte content creation tool was shared and is also new to me. Do you think this type of tool will ultimately replace the LMS or do you think the LMS will eventually integrate these features well enough to become a one-stop shop?  Maybe there will always be discrete and separate ways of learning that we, as educators, pick and combine for our students. Interested to hear what people think. (Comments should be available now – thanks to those who alerted me and please let me know if there is still a problem).
  • In closing I’m thinking about what’s happening in this ‘course’. What do I know now that I didn’t know two and a half weeks ago?
  • This learning methodology is loose and I’m starting to understand from the inside what people mean when they talk about these environments as chaotic.
  • It’s highly social – I’m definitely connecting with new people – that means that learning is likely to be ongoing rather than finite as it can be in traditional courses.
  • I’m battling with time. I had planned to have a half-day a week when I sat down to do this but I need more. And I need more time because it’s interesting. I want to read everything, click every link, watch every video, read every tweet, check out everything that’s in Diigo. But I can’t.
So my key learning so far is that there is an adjustment that I need to make around my expectations. I need to determine what a successful outcome is for me.
I’d love to know how others manage their time and how you make decisions about which content to engage with. I’d love to know what your expectations are and if you have an outcome in mind!

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Jenny Mackness
Hi Ann - I'm also battling with time, but I wanted to comment here now that you have gone to the trouble of enabling comments :)

My approach is not even to attempt to cover it all, at least not now. I do save links in my Evernote account in case I want to refer to them later, but to be honest I rarely have time to go back to them.

I do think blogging helps, but I also forget what I have blogged about!

Sometimes its the smallest things that can linger longest and make the most impression on my learning, so if I notice something which is significant for me when I am whizzing through stuff I try and 'mark' it in some way. Just this marking makes it more meaningful.

This is a long winded way of saying that I don't worry about not keeping up.
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