Better Backchannels: What’s Missing?

I believe that better backchannels are possible, so long as we don’t keep doing them in a chat that is reacted upon every few seconds. In the video, I identify three things our #etmooc backchannels need:

1. @mentions (replies that show to whom you are speaking)
2. Threading (much better nesting of conversations for tracking)
3. Up/down voting so that you can agree with an idea without adding noise the backchannel.

Original video from Joe Dillon: http://youtu.be/v8FKEDi6-mc

Reflective Vlogging Practice Community: https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/116395158372553895482

It isn’t #etmooc’s Fault: Find Your Own Slice of Learning

Should we concentrate on making a MOOC less overwhelming, or should we rather concentrate on making our learning process better? What role does our own empowerment play in finding the right “slice of learning”?

Thank you to Darren Kuropatwa for inspiring this idea: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8m_PaAFRtxc

Reflective Practice Vlogging Community: https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/116395158372553895482

Hand-Made Learning: Games, not Gamification

I have been inspired by Caine’s arcade for a while now, but I am not the only one. Michael Smith has also been inspired by the hand-made arcade, and has transformed it into a teaching and learning experience for his students. I encourage you to think about how you create hand-made learning experience for your learners, and how you can use games and play to create authentic experiences.

Michael Smith’s channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/michaelbransonsmith

The Education Arcade: http://arcade.dewlines.org/

Caine’s Arcade: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=faIFNkdq96U

Google+ Community: https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/116395158372553895482

Who is in your Anti-PLN? Or, Avoiding TeamThink.

After thinking about the ways in which we can develop incredibly insulated learning networks, I wanted to create a way to find alternative voices. Eventually, I stumbled across the idea of creating a profile for the types of people that aren’t represented in my networks and then going after them.

Original Ginger Lewman Video that served as inspiration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4cCIDc6tE0U

Reflective Practice Vlogging Community: https://plus.google.com/communities/116395158372553895482

From Network to Neighborhood: A New Definition for PLNs

I get to think through PLNs in a new way. Instead of being nodes in a network, I would encourage us to be people in a neighborhood. And rather than demonstrating the far reaches of our network, we should be introducing one another to the “locals”. Those that push us and help us create change. In this video I introduce you to three people in my neighborhood. Special thanks goes to the #etmooc community for helping me to craft this idea and for asking the right questions.

Who are the people in your neighborhood?

Would you consider introducing them to the rest of your “network”?

Darren Kuropatwa: http://www.youtube.com/user/dtkuropatwa

Ginger Lewman: http://www.youtube.com/user/GingerTPLC

Rodd Lucier: http://www.youtube.com/user/roddlucier

The Google+ Community: https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/116395158372553895482

Time Should Be a Companion, Not a Bully

This one let me respond to an engaging concept from Michael Wacker. He is mad that Time has been bullying him and taking away his capacity to spend time with his family and do things about which he is passionate.

But, time can be a companion if we translate our projects into conversations instead of hours.

Original Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkgoAN6o9vk

Reflective Practice Vlogging Google+ Community: https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/116395158372553895482

Connected Learning: How It Should Work

This one lets me connect three very different voices together and reflect upon the nature of Connected Learning.

Kevin Honeycutt’s kites video: http://youtu.be/Sa4tk-YtGxc

Rodd Lucier’s hubs and spokes video: http://youtu.be/YFMMNUZBv30

Vi Hart’s comments video: http://youtu.be/7IJyRAUxtAQ

The Google+ Community: https://plus.google.com/communities/116395158372553895482

The Three Learning Paths: The Beginning of an #etmooc Journey

I was really excited to get started with the first week of content in #etmooc. My hope is that this video fits pretty nicely into the Pedagogy side of “Connected Learning — Tools, Processes & Pedagogy”

It may challenge you to think about which of the three learning paths you are taking in both your professional development environment and the environment for your learners. Or, if none of these resonate with you, that it encourages you to construct your own learning path to follow.

For more conversation, check out these two google plus communities:

#etmooc community: https://plus.google.com/communities/116116451882856472187

Reflective Practice Vlogging Community: https://plus.google.com/communities/116395158372553895482

#ETMOOC Is Overwhelming. So, Let’s Make Some Meaning.

I was quite engaged by Sheri Edwards comments on my previous vlog, so I thought I would extend it into a discussion of how we can “spin off” parts of the course conversation into passion projects. This isn’t the final word on how to create meaning in a MOOC, but it is what I would love to continue to discuss and collaborate on throughout the course.

Original video with comment: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tJH8E1MnTU

Great discussion on top of that video that Sheri made (which does an even better job extending the idea): https://vialogues.com/vialogues/play/7216

Google+ Community: https://plus.google.com/communities/116395158372553895482

Mutually Beneficial Friction: How We Stop Skimming The Surface Of Ideas

This post is a reaction to Rodd Lucier, the ETmooc community, a Remote Access blog post, and the concept of being an open spoke for collaboration. My hope is that it exemplifies how we can go deeply together rather than skimming the surface.

Rodd’s vlog: http://youtu.be/WSMtG1JMP4A

Remote Access Blog Post: http://www.evenfromhere.org/2013/01/17/imagining-a-classroom-without-blogs/

ETmooc blogs: http://etmooc.org/hub

Google+ Community: https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/116395158372553895482