I should start by clarifying that I have not suddenly developed a propensity for bovine vocal outbursts, but rather have signed up for my first Massive Open Online Course.
I am doing a 6 week course titled Design and Development of Educational Technology, run by MITx on the edX platform. My significant other rolled her eyes (subtly) when I asked/told her I was doing something else, reminding me sweetly that I have a Masters thesis sitting on the back-burner, but I guess I’m a sucker for opportunities to engage with the new. This course apparently requires 4 to 6 hours a week, so I will just have to see how it goes. It ends with me doing a pitch about an edtech idea to show what I have learned, and I already have a genius plan (if I do say so myself) to make tracking students’ skills easier. I won’t reveal all now, as I know industry spies read my blog. Just kidding, I will explain it all later (in a password-encrypted, fire-proof, armour-plated document that only I have access to).
The amazing thing about MOOCs is that, in the main, they are free. If you would like a verified certificate of completion for this one you can make a donation, but if you don’t you can still do all the work, resulting in a certificate based on the organisation’s Honour Code. There appears to be over a thousand people enrolled, from all over the world, and it is exciting! I even managed to get my Dad (software developer and ex-teacher) signed up.
If you are interested, take a listen to the course leader Eric Klopfer introducing the course:
I will keep you updated on progress. Here’s hoping I can be one of the 10% who complete this type of course. You can hold me accountable, that will help keep me motivated!