I’ve signed up for a MOOC – a Massive Open Online Course – on Connectivism and Connective Knowledge. It “explores the concepts of connectivism and connective knowledge and explores their application as a framework for theories of teaching and learning.”
This sounds perfect to me. I’ve always been interested in how to use the Internet for education. I’ve done educational projects using “new media” as it was called then, I’ve set up websites and mailing lists for youth projects, I’ve taught Internet basics back in the days when it was new. For the last few years I’ve watched the web become ever more communicative and mobile, but I’ve only watched. I haven’t taken part actively. I’ve never written a blog, I’m the typical lurker on newsgroups and mailing lists, I’ve never used twitter, I’ve got a Facebook account but I hardly ever write anything. In this course now, they expect you to use Twitter, set up a blog, comment on other people’s websites – anything to express yourself somehow on the Internet. As they said in the Newsletter today – it’s about forming a digital identity.
And I think, it’s good for me!
So this blog is going to be my course diary. A place to record and share my experiences with the MOOC, with the reading material provided on Connectivism and possibly with new ideas on how all that might be applicable to some of my professional projects.