…for me to start blogging. The impetus is the start of the University of Illinois-Springfield Massive Open Online Class (MOOC) “Online Learning Today…and Tomorrow.” I’m a bit nervous about the thought of a massive online course, just the word massive is intimidating enough. The course has actually come at a perfect time in the year for me. As a college instructor, my life runs in 13 week increments — quarters to be exact. Currently, I’m participating with other faculty in a week of professional development sessions as we just wrapped up spring quarter classes.
I learned of the eduMOOC from Jason Rhode, a fellow eduMOOC attendee and elearning colleague. After reading through his recent blog post with Tips for Participants, I decided to give blogging a try as a way to stay connected with participants in the course and share my thoughts and experiences in online learning. Be patient with me…and share any and all tips for a new blogger as you comment on my posts. I’ve dabbled a bit in publishing online content with some tips on podcasting, but this blog will serve as a more regular, constructive sharing of ideas and experiences.
I’ve been teaching online health sciences courses for over 3 years now and I’ve grown to appreciate the value of elearning. I love what I do! I work hard to create strong connections with my students through various web 2.0 strategies and I’ll share some of these as I continue this blog. For the next 8 weeks or so, I’m really looking forward to learning from the participants in the MOOC and growing my network in the elearning community. I’m a big fan of Twitter, as well as Diigo, and I’ll use both of these to connect with the course.
More to come as the course unfolds ….won’t you join me in this challenge?