Time was I used to avoid mistakes like the plague. I've since learned screwing up big time has its rewards, too.
NOTHING ADVENTURED NOTHING BRAINED
I dropped HumanMOOC today. I did so off officially and socially. Usually when I leave a MOOC I just stop participating.
For some reason I felt compelled to leave a mark of some kind that I had once been there, a part of this HumanMOOC learning community. Something akin to the date stone architects and builders place on their works.
So what did I learn? These thoughts found a home in my brain:
- My definition of online learning was incomplete. Going in to the course I defined online learning as that corporate look and feel experience where you're a class of one: a learner at a computer.
- It can also mean an online university experience learning with others. I should have realized this given my MS Ed. was completed online.
- I had some reflective insights for how I might make the corporate model of online learning a little more human. The biggie concerns media: Less of a focus on high production values might engage the learner to a higher degree. This is because of authenticity. I'm thinking about the photographs and home movies people shoot on vacation.
- As cool as video and audio can be, the story matters more. It's like that pedagogy before educational technology stuff I learned through EdCamp and Twitter PD chats.
Anyway, I have some stuff to try out to see which ideas have legs.