Category: <span>Learning Is Change List</span>

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:

Reflective Vlogging Practice Community:

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:

Reflective Practice Vlogging Community:

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:

The Education Arcade:

Caine’s Arcade:

Google+ Community:

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:

Reflective Practice Vlogging Community:

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:

Ginger Lewman:

Rodd Lucier:

The Google+ Community:

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:

Reflective Practice Vlogging Google+ Community:

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:

Rodd Lucier’s hubs and spokes video:

Vi Hart’s comments video:

The Google+ Community:

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:

Reflective Practice Vlogging Community:

#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:

Great discussion on top of that video that Sheri made (which does an even better job extending the idea):

Google+ Community:

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:

Remote Access Blog Post:

ETmooc blogs:

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