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
– 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.
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).
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.