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OLDS MOOC Learning Journal-Dan McCaffrey

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Dan McCaffrey
16 January 2013

As per instructions..."create a Cloud in that Cloudscape to act as your OLDS-MOOC learning journal (or you can use another blogging tool if you prefer). Post a first entry there, introducing yourself, and add that cloud to this cloudscape".

I'm Dan, I work as a eLearning/TEL adviser for the JISC Regional Support Centre South West.  JISC fund this MOOC, but the Regional Support Centres have historically had a role in supporting the development and implementation of Technology into post-compulsory educational environements, with a particualr focus on the FE and skills milieu. 

I have worked as an eLearning/TEL adviser for longer than I care to recall, with the majortiy of support focussed on the HE sector, predominantly on HE delivered within a Further Education context.  I am new to the world of MOOC's but hope to begin developing awareness via participation in this course, in order to avail my providers with a greater sense of there purpose and efficacy. 

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Dan McCaffrey
2:44pm 23 January 2013


As per instructions for Week 2 of participation, here are some initial thoughts. Firstly, on the medium:

Some immediate thoughts following my limited engagement with this MOOC (my first experience of such) over the last 10 days:

-Effectively any learning to be gleaned from participation has to be "crowd sourced", as the tutor role as only vaugely transmissive, and in fact only nominally facilitatory (unless I'm missing something!). In other words, the qulaity of the experience as only as good as the other participants, not just in terms of the extent of there learning but also in relation to here ability to contextually articulate that knowledge.

-It strikes me consequently that MOOC's may work best in non "massive" contexts, but rather be situated within Communities of Practice where there is already a common understanding of both the idioms, context and purpose of a particular episode of learning.

-Likewise it strikes me that the degree of self-direction and/or communication skills required mean MOOC environments may best be situated in post-graduate contexts; Certainly I can't imagine that those disenfranchised from learning and/or technology would find it possible to engage effectively.

-Thus far, I'm not particularly enamoured of Cloudworks, it feels quite cumbersome and non-inutuitive but I'm happy to accept that may just be me!

Right, griping out of the way-now:

In line with the activity outline for week 2, my plan is, in concert with Elisabetta and Sandie who are the other 2 members of the team, is to provisionally draft a scenario, have them review it and then get this onto the portfolio for comments.  I'll also cast around some other scenarios for review and comment.

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