About secondlanguageparent

Mom who likes second langauge learning

Can I read everything? No…I can’t..

Is that ok? Yes.

MOOC’s are about autonomous learning. As the lead instructor and lead detective it is my responsibility to create a classroom environment and a sense of direction and some kind of assessment. The environment is everywhere and anywhere – this course is “trending” in Student 2.0 and MightyBell. The “direction” is the weekly Blackboard Meetings, weekly activities and the daily e-mails.

The learning is not taking place as a result of my “content” or lectures. I have guided the participants towards tools and connections, but if you want to evidence of how “learning” is being demonstrated, check out the blog posts and the discussions in MightyBell and some in Student 2.0. If you wanted to know what “Standards” I am following, please check out ISTE’s Standards http://www.iste.org/standards/nets-for-students.aspx and then find examples of these skills being met throughout the course. The assessment is within the environment and is self regulated.

I created to the “Badge Tracking Page” as a means to support completed activities. Blog creation is more of a technical skill, black and white. However, the digital literacy and social media skills are apparent in discussions, connections and levels of interactions. Is there a way to “assess” these discussions? While this may not be necessary for this course, how will I be assess the “learning” when I try a HIgh School accredited course using the same instructional design and pedagogy? This course is not only breaking convincing me about new “facilitating” strategies, I now need to reconsider assessment. This kind of learning lends itself to competency based learning. I started some research on this and found http://www.competencyworks.org/. More to come..

Thoughts on “Inclusion”…and Creating a Learning Environment…

This is proving to be my biggest challenge thus far in the course. I would welcome some feedback on if participants are feeling “included” and if they are slowly emerging from the “information overload” into connecting with others.

I am sill trying to “collect” my flock. I have learned that one registration system works best and one discussion area. In the #Change11 MOOC, you registered on the home webpage, then had to send in your RSS feed to your blog. I was so intimidated about RSS feeds, I never sent in my blog link.  I learned that if you want to find an audience, without a link to your blog, you have to tweet about your latest entry.

I’m still working on the inclusion part. as I find it so important..and all feedback is appreciated. I particularly enjoy reading William Beasley’s blog as it is all about what he “thinks” I am up to. All teachers should be so lucky! http://wmbeasleydigifoot12.wordpress.com/

Back to the organization…

Thank you all for hanging in there!

Verena 🙂

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Reflection Time – Less is More

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Wow! So much so fast thus far in #DigiFoot12. Many people refer to the information overload as drinking from the firehose. I can see that now….

My PLN has not just expanded in the last 3 days, it has exploded. As such, it has been extremely difficult to keep up with “facilitating” the #DigiFoot12 course as well as working on the Instructional Design side (adding to the #DigiFoot12 wikispaces course site). MightyBell has proven very successful to act as a Discussion Base for the course, and it continues to grow.The Student 2.0 page also supports learners. I think I may have confused things by having “too many places” to add to discussions. Three is more than enough, and I plan on sticking to these three areas. This gives participants who want a “specific area” a set location. I get e-mails for every interaction that takes place in Student 2.0 and MightyBell – so I know “what is up”….

To “track” everything, I am using NetVibe and Twitter Tracking. This is the next step for “connecting” as a learner and it is proving to be far more challenging to see what participants are up to outside of the set 3 “zones”. I made too many places for people to list their twitter name and their blog name. I have now put 2 google docs on the home page of the course site – and that will hopefully be a “specific” location. Offering too many options is making it extremely difficult to collect data.

The learning:

For data collection – Less is More

For Discussion areas – Less is More

For “Tracking” Data – Less is More

I’m beginning to see a trend….:)

Now I know – While I was trying to encourage Inquiry Based Learning (what do you want to learn and how are you going to learn it strategies ) I have realized that the instructor has to set some clear parameters about “where” the learning is to take place – or people will get lost.

Back to the RSS feed tracking – and I will focus on “Less is More”….

Verena 🙂

Tomorrow we start! July 5/12

I am so excited as I see participants start to sign up into #DigiFoot12. It has been months of preparation and I am like a kid before Christmas. In this course, we will all be learning together. I will be learning how to facilitate a MOOC like course AND about social media/digital footsteps – completely open, networked and online. Can it be done? Yes….Will people participate, comment and engage in new ideas? I hope so….That is my biggest challenge as a facilitator, how to be the “guide on the side” in an online course and focus on “Inquiry Based Learning” – What are we going to learn and how are we going to learn it? I won’t be “giving” the answers or the content, I can only encourage and support other’s learning. I’m so facinated by the content of the course, the design process and now the Instructional process…I could explode! So many things to learn…The best is yet to come! See everyone in Blackboard Collaborate @ 7pm MST tomorrow night! Check out: http://digifoot12.wikispaces.com/ for more details!