Reconnecting with oldsmooc

I have just spent an hour or so dipping back into oldsmooc having been absent for at least 2 weeks due to pressure of work (new semester, new VLE etc) A fair bit has happened while I’ve been away and I’m grateful for the ongoing participation of others such as Peter Miller who is doing some very clever things including modelling the Week 4 activity in Open Sim (on Android viewer). And as if that wasn’t enough he has also posted some useful tips on feed aggregation to help us lesser mortals manage the deluge of information on this mooc. I observe that the level of activity  seems to have dropped off in week 4 – is it the subject  Pedagogical Patterns Collector or the timing? Or maybe they’re all deep in their weekend activities?  I think I could really have benefitted from a bit of time on week 3 where things seem to have been very practical & I may well try to catch up with some of this or suggest a mini workshop to colleagues (ever the optimist). The 7Cs of learning design presentation by G Conole seems a good place to start not forgetting the Ecology of Resources model from week 2.

Now for my other mooc Elearning & Digital Cultures (#edmooc) but not before reading Sheila Macneill’s reflections on moocs in general and #oldsmooc & #edcmooc in particular.


Why do I sign up for moocs?

Well here I am at the end of the first week of olds mooc having done very little and certainly not got anywhere near a badge. I signed up for this a while ago thinking it would be an interesting diversion from what was likely to be an uninspiring period in the day job (VLE transition). However to treat a mooc as dense & focused as this as an optional extra at the end of a busy day was to completely misunderstand its purpose.

However all is not lost, I posted a dream in the dream bazaar which has attracted no comments but it has helped me form some ideas and more importantly share them with a couple of colleagues who are keen to join me on the project (if not on olds mooc).

The rather bewildering collection of tools being used on olds mooc have been widely commented on already and I can only concur that they seem to have added an unnecessary layer of complexity that risks getting in the way of the real business of this mooc. I have dipped in & out of most of them, but I am left with the constant feeling of having missed something significant. I need to find my level and stay there – something tells me I may stick to familiar territory like Twitter in Week 2.


Another new year, a mooc or two looming – maybe it’s a good time to start blogging again.


Time will tell, as will events. I am not going to force this. I may get so bogged down in the day to day nitty gritty of learning technology support (new VLE and all that) that any creative inclination or attempts to reflect and take a wider perspective may get squeezed out. Life might also get in the way. All those other (easier) outlets like Twitter, Scoopit, Diigo, emails, speaking to people might suffice.

What might I blog about?

Well, the day job requires me to be interested in:

  • VLEs
  • changing VLEs
  • e-assessment
  • e-portfolios

but I’ve just started another blog for that, leaving space here for:

  • open education, including moocs (see my Scoopit topic)
  • virtual worlds (an older interest but still relevant)
  • new ways of engaging academics with Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL)
  • future trends ….
Will I find that space – my bit of sky in a dense, uninspiring landscape?