This week I began to participate in my very first MOOC. A MOOC is a Massive Open Online Course. So, why am I doing this MOOC? I want to expand how I connect and network with others. In addition, I am interested in learning more about the theory of connectivism and networked learning with participants and the course facilitators, Stephen Downes and George Siemens.
For me, this MOOC, CCK11 will offer me the opportunity to continue my stance in the journey of lifelong learning in a very new and different way. I will begin to negogiate and navigate my way through this course, expanding flows of new knowledge through the use of technology in an open yet paced way. As I begin to orient myself to the course and digest the readings, I underline that learning is social, contextual and complex. I was encouraged by George’s words when he suggested that “confusion is a good thing” and I’m certainly figuring out my role and how I will engage in this course.
I look forward to my learning ecosystem evolving as I network with course participants. Stephen Downes shares with us that “Knowledge is a set of connections. A mind is a learning thing. A computer is a learning thing and society is a learning thing.”
In today’s digital world, learning is powerful when:
- it is open, flexible and connected
- it builds networks of information, contacts and resources creating growth and development in the mind
- it is participatory, networked and builds in choice and personalization
- it maximizes the use of technology and tools
Learner control and freedom is integral to 21stCentury lifelong education and learning. As an educator, my goal is to grow my thinking and understanding of being a connected learner.
A question I have:
How do we create responsive and connected K-12 learning models that encourages lifelong learning in today’s networked world?
I look forward to connecting and growing over the next weeks.