Archive forOctober, 2011

Going live

Going live today. Ready or not, the welcome letters need to go out and the link to this site will be publicised. There is always so much more that could be done. There are many questions unanswered. Some may be answered through the course of the month we are engaged here. Others will remain. The main question for me is the extent to which we, the tutors/course provider are – or should feel – obliged to provide an easy “take-away”, one-step guide to extending your online course. Just saying “it is hard” and “you think about it” is not enough. Such an approach betrays some of the trust that we are competent to provide such a course. I hope by “showing my workings” and taking an inductive approach that by the end we will have the take-aways that we need. But there is always the question: could I have got it right for everyone, earlier. Click – open the course – and the warm glow of enlightenment descends? Om Shanti [link or link]. Enjoy!

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Course development questions

So much development time on this course has been spent on following the fascinating links I have discovered when I was supposed to be “writing the course”. Some of these I have tweeted on the way. Others have been added to my ScoopIt page, “Communiversity“. Some have been captured to my Bibsonomy bookmarking site. Others, more bibliographic in nature, have been added to my Zotero library.

The question I am asking myself is how much is it my job, as course author to turn this into a taxonomy of formal propositional knowledge about course design – even Learning Design – and how much can I leave to the participants on the course to construct their own “WebQuest” from the seeds that are scattered around this site?

I suppose it is inevitable that this site and course at its inception reflects my text-heavy approach to learning. I keep saying I want to use more multimedia, but I find multimedia hard. Cat gets my tongue when the microphone is turned on. And, then the kids wake up and the open plan office gets loud and the day flies by with meetings and then it it teatime with the family and bath and bed and finally it is quiet and I look at the microphone and think, what do I say now!

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Hello world!

This is a blog site for my reflections as tutor on theĀ  OCSLD online courses that I run or am developing.

I have struggled with whether or not to set up a blog or to keep my reflections on the Google Apps for Education site that supports the course. And, if I set up a blog which engine (Blogger or WordPress or Posterous, or …) to use.

I have finally decided to use the brookesblogs.net installation of WordPress. This is the home of my main blog and the home of the nascent OCSLD blog. I wanted to enable commenting and to spread the “business” away from the Google platform.

Commenting on the Google Apps for Education site is only available for people inside the brookes.ac.uk domain, so that is no good for public courses. Blogger is not my favourite platform.

WordPress and the company that develops it Automattic is one of the things that makes the Internet A Good Thing (still). So, despite a brief dither, here we go.

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