29 April 2012

My First Open Course

I'm really excited to enrol on my first open course, "Instructional Ideas and Technology Tools for Online Success" run by Dr Curt Bonk of the Indiana University.  A few weeks ago I subscribed to a couple of online magazines, eCampusnews.com and eschoolnews.com, and saw an article about an open course that had over 1000 subscribers within the first day or so - amazing!  Now, there are about 2,500 participants for this month long course which starts today.

The course is self-directed so you can spend as much or as little time as you want participating.  If you complete certain stages of the course, and participate in a number of activities set by the course providers, you can earn a badge.  The badge system is something I'd love to see developed recognised by more employers and institutions.  I've previously posted about Delta v. Masters v. Lifelong Learning  and the prohibitive costs involved in formal education that is sometimes not relevant to your own working environment.  It'll also be interesting to see how many people are still there, at the end of the course.

So far, apart from not being familiar with the Blackboard LMS, the main problem I've had is finding people to connect with.  This is expected with so many participants from all over the world in diverse areas of education.  I've so far joined a couple of groups and had some interesting conversations so I'm looking forward to making new connections.

On a final note, if you're involved in educational technology in any field I'd definitely recommend that you subscribe to the news magazines, ecampusnews.com and eschoolnews.com mentioned above.  Although the content is strongly leaning towards the US education system, there is lots of useful information about technology trends globally.

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