The “Before Picture”

This post is my ”before picture.” I want to be able to look back after this course and see what I was doing before it and how the course has changed how I think about things. In other words, I want to take inventory on my own Open Networked Learning (and teaching). I’ll do this through the ONL abbreviation. I wouldn’t say that I am happy with this structure but if I have to wait until I’ve found the perfect way to organise this blog post, it will never be written. So here it is, my before ONL162 inventory

Open

– I used to keep all of my teaching videos on YouTube unlisted. I now only keep videos unlisted if they don’t work out of context (and if it is not obvious that they are part of a given context). I allow comments on my videos but I hardly get any, which is perfectly fine since I make them for specific teaching purposes.

– I’m not used to keeping my process this open though, showing things or thoughts that aren’t finished. I’m hoping this course will push me over that threshold since I think I have things to gain from it.

Networked

I was born in the beginning of the 80s but whenever people talk about The Millenials and their Internet habits I feel like they’re talking about my generation. I live with my phone in my hand. Maybe that is part of why I enjoy blended, flipped and online teaching so much. But for the purpose of taking stock:

– I record mini lectures and feedback to students using Screencast-o-matic. I have used QuickTime (and the camera on my phone) in the past but since I got the pro version of Screencast-o-matic I don’t see the point anymore. Being able to both edit and upload directly to YouTube through the application has saved me a lot of time.

– I communicate with my students through various LMSs (Learning Management System). Since the university decides on the LMS to be used in a given course, and since I teach at three different universities, I am currently using three different LMSs.

– For synchronous teaching I use Adobe Connect. Although I do like the different functionalities, it definitely has its limits and I would love to have other options. The course has already given me the opportunity to try Google hangouts but I don’t know how well it would work for the kind of teaching I do (e.g. breaking up the big group into smaller groups and being able to walk between groups as a teacher).

Learning

Well, this is the point where I don’t expect much change. Don’t get me wrong, I expect to learn a lot from this course but I don’t expect my willingness to learn to change. I want to learn more about most things as it is.

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5 Comments

  1. …which proves you’re an academic… So, nice to see you! Being reluctant to share unfinished stuff openly seems to be a common trait. I’ll may have a look at your videos – don’t get to practice my French often enough! Have you tried LUplay for making and sharing/publishing videos? For meetings, my PBL group uses Zoom and it works well – haven’t used breakout rooms but should be possible from what I’ve heard. Hoping to get the business-version through the uni network…🌻

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  2. Really enjoyed your thought processes and your link to “Don’t get me wrong”. Lovely out there touch. You have uploaded a number of teaching videos. Pity more people don’t get to use them. Keep up the good work and I look forward to seeing you “after” picture

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  3. Hi Frida, thanks for the great post and especially for mentioning the software you use to record mini lectures and feedback to students using Screencast-o-matic. I’m keen to put together basic programming videos on youtube and Screencast-o-matic seems like a good option, is it freeware? I was thinking perhaps in our group we could put together a doc. (a type of e-learning resource bank) of all the great software we come across, that will help in our teaching.

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    1. Hi Brendan, there is a free version of Screencast-o-matic but it comes with two main restrictions: you can’t edit your videos or make them longer than 15 minutes. I used that version for quite some time but then went on to the pro version (100SEK/year ≈ 160ZAR). That was a big change for me and i didn’t realise how much time I was loosing because I couldn’t edit my videos. The idea of a group doc with great software is a great idea. I’ll get right on that!

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