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Ann Davis
2 March 2013


Where are you coming from? What is the context in which you are working and participating in OLDS MOOC?

I have been a instructional designer for 11 years in a corporate environment.  This class was brought to my attention by a co-worker.  I had heard abouts MOOCs and thought that this would be an interesting expereince. 


What did you hope to achieve? What were your goals in joining OLDS MOOC?

My hope for joining this MOOC was to find out how other designers looked at projects, get tips on ways to present information, and get to meet new people from other countries.


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?

Going into the class, I didn't have a particular project in mind.  I quickly came up with an idea, but in the end I adopted the one that had been suggested by my co-worker.  I knew going in that I would mainly be working on class on Saturday mornings while my husband was at work, so I was aware that some weeks, I might start off a bit behind, but I was also trying to work on some of the tasks ahead of time as well.  Being across the pond in many ways helped a bit because I could see other people's posts before I made mine to get an idea of how people were tackling each activity.


What were the outcomes of your participation? Did you meet your goals? What went well, what didn't? What unexpected outcomes did you notice?

I very much enjoyed participating.  Some subjects were more interesting to me than others, but I was determined to participate every week.  I very much enjoyed reading and commenting on the design ideas.  I was happy how I was able to contribute suggestions on some of the topics that I read.  One of my favorites was a collaborative writing project for year 3 students I hope that the project went well for her.  I tried to keep in mind some of the projects when looking for tools and sites that would be helpful (OER sites) in hoping that those who may still be following the MOOC might see the listing and be able to take advantage of the sites for their own work.

My biggest challenge was working with the various tools.  Intially, I felt too many sites and tools introduced too quickly (especially the map), I think that might have put many people off.  Also, I didn't like how the open discussion site was set up on Google - the threads were not cleanly set up and the page appeared to get messy quite quickly.  In the end I did not end up going there vey often.  Even wtih the challenges, I was determined to continue.

I made an effort each week to read the posts and add comments. 


What did you learn? What advice could you give others?

I did pick up on some new tools that I did not have before and it allowed me to think of ways that I and others could take advantage of them.

Since most of the class was focused on academic learning, I hope I was able to bring a different perspective to others in my posts and comments.

For someone new - I would suggest getting familiar with all of the tools being used starting two weeks in advance of the course. 

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Art Oglesby
7:14pm 3 March 2013


I, too, was amazed at all the OER available.

You are to be commended for helping others. Social networking is helpful in this way. Hopefully others will help you, too, but first we need to know what you are interested in. When I first started blogging I linked to others on the cutting edge of communication technologies and was surprised to see them comment on my site and give me encouragement.

Tom Reeves
2:06am 4 March 2013

Ann, you wrote: “My biggest challenge was working with the various tools.” As a member of the OLDS MOOC development team, I must confess to being nearly overwhelmed by the tools used in this MOOC. I could not have survived without the generous help of people like Anna Page and Yishay Mor at the Open University. I still don’t get Twitter….and I just don’t have the time right now to pick it up right now. And keeping up with all the various logins and passwords…oh my gosh…someone said that passwords are like underwear…you should change them often...but who can keep up with all of them?  Thank you for sharing your perspective on this. And as one who keeps one foot in academe and the other in the corporate-public health-medical fields, I appreciate your participation in this MOOC. – Tom Reeves

Marie Arndt
10:43am 10 March 2013

Hi Tom,

Thank goodness there is somebody else who doesn't know everything about Twitter. This is where I will admit, and ask for help, how to use hashtags on Twitter. That's why I didn't use the facility with hashtag on the MOOC, because I simply didn't know how. 

Blushing, yet standing tall.  



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