This was my first personal experience with a MOOC. After talking to many people who have started, but not finished, them, I was determined to finish the tasks. As our spring break begins at the end of school day tomorrow, I also had a target date to complete the related tasks. I tweeted more for this course than I typically do, and I substantially increased my Facebook time. I also more seriously dusted off my blog, and I hope that this course helps me continue to more actively blog again.
Reflecting on each challenge from this course, I really enjoyed the badging exercise the most. I had never understood the way badges were created, or saw how they could be really useful in the classroom. I still have some questions about them, but I do see them as more valuable now than I did and I certainly have a much deeper understanding of the process for setting requirements for one to earn a badge as well as how to use a badging platform. Interestingly, I also felt that this badging was a big growth point too.
Designing the global collaboration project was probably the most challenging, not because of the design of it, but just coming up with an idea. The examples provided seemed pretty grand-scale and, as this year I am not in the classroom regularly, it took a while to see how to make a relevant (not just hypothetical for the sake of doing it) project. I hope that the framework of what we came up with will actually be used at our school as we design our scope and sequence for digital citizenship curriculum.
Participating in this course helped me think about new ways for digital instruction and collaboration. As a learner, it challenged me to be committed to details, to think about how to interpret asynchronous instructions, and to be diligent even when there weren’t specific due dates or a grade on a transcript. As an instructor, it helped me think about how to deliver engaging asynchronous instruction and coaching. I appreciated the peer-to-peer aspects that came up in units 2 and 4, and appreciated how the sharing via Facebook and Twitter created another dimension to the virtual classroom.