Sandie Gay - v brief narrative
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8 March 2013
Where are you coming from? What is the context in which you are working and participating in OLDS MOOC?
This is an incomplete narrative as I wanted to get something up to show that I have been doing something not just lurking....ther's loads that needs adding but anyway....
I am an e-learning consultant and trainer. When I enrolled on the MOOC, I was e-learning facilitator (aka learning technologist) at Staffordshire University, with particular responsibilities for the Faculty of Health Sciences. We have just (two days ago) moved to Birmingham so am no longer working at the University but hope to gain work at a local University as soon as I have time to regroup!
My participation in the MOOC has been in the middle of designing and implementing a complete lifestyle change. Now that the kids are all grown up (mentally independent if not fully financially independent!) we decided it was time to have some fun and move to a city into a 2-bed apartment (from a 5-bed house) which we did on Wednesday this week. So, what with the move and work and everything else, I have only been able to dip in and out but have been reading all the emails and surfing (or is it lurking) in the clouds.
What did you hope to achieve? What were your goals in joining OLDS MOOC?
I wanted to participate in the OLDSMOOC for experience of a MOOC and to learn about learning design as I can use my learning when facilitating course design in my work. The expectation of technology has always been that it will ‘transform’ learning and teaching and I want to ‘transform’ my own ways of thinking about designing courses and here’s a thing....as I write this I have a sudden revelation that we have been talking about learning design and not course design which I have realised already has worked in changing the angle at which we were coming at this learning from.
What did you do? What were the main events, interactions, practices and activities in which you participated? What were the obstacles - and how did you tackle them?
This is a hard one, because the honest answer is not as much as I wanted with the lame excuse of pressures on time but I think I will forgive myself as I was trying to fit in an awful lot of events into a short space of time – decluttering 12 years worth of accumulated possessions, moving and job-seeking being a few of them.
Having got involved in two linked projects from many that were interesting and enticing, the outcome was being involved in one project (sorry Alan) on creating a course on learning design for further education teachers, topslicing through the research and evidence provided in the MOOC. This was simply because I was able to jump on and help build on the work already started by the project members, Elisabetta Lando and Dan McCafferty, further education learning and teaching is an area I have experience and supported some of the other work I was doing at the time.
The idea was to create a learning design course in Moodle for FE teachers using only a few of the essential resources, frameworks and models discovered and debated in the MOOC. This was so it was manageable and didn’t involve too many forays into the myriad of tools available.
What were the outcomes of your participation? Did you meet your goals? What went well, what didn't? What unexpected outcomes did you notice?
The outcome to date is the beginnings of a learning design course based in Moodle for FE teachers following on from a toolkit flowchart created in Lucidchart.com. The flowchart was based on the 7S model of design for experiential learning and then converting this into a course with suggested tasks and activities for individual or group learning using the templates, resources and links discovered in the MOOC.
The deadline for the prototype is May when we will encourage a group of FE teachers to evaluate the design by working through the course. Once it has been tweaked (!) it can be made available (not fully thought out how) as an open course.
What did you learn? What advice could you give others?
The simple answer here is ‘loads’ but not as much as I could have if I had given it the time it deserved.
Whilst making and giving time is important, don’t let it put you off because whatever time you can give to it adds to your learning.