Enter #etmooc

Tools of the trade
Tools of the Trade

Hello #etmooc-ers! Jason here, arriving fashionably late to the party, although I’ve doing my best to pop in on the synchronous sessions, stalk you on the  G+, & follow the #etmooc hash tag faithfully, this will be my first, in I hope a series of SEVERAL posts tagged ‘#etmooc’. As with many of us, I’m faced with the challenge of keeping up with the flow of the course and being an active contributor, on top of a busy work/life schedule etc. This week however I have the fortunate timing to be participating in an ISW (instructional skills workshop), and my plan is to repurpose my mini lessons as ‘open educational resources’, or blog posts as they are known to some. I should be extremely well versed in this process, but crazy as it sounds there seems to be so little time allowed for it.  I often advise others on improving their online teaching spaces, but tend to not take my own advise when it comes to the site you are reading from now. Time for a change!

The last time I got in here for a facelift was over TWO YEARS AGO, as I entered what would be an epic journey of learning in the ‘not a mooc‘ #ds106… course (?), and I have to say although the blogging has not taken off, I did manage to cobble together a decent foundation upon which to enrol in #etmooc, so much so I almost didn’t even need the first week orientation! (#ds106 foundation 4 life) For my introductory post on that journey, I used an auditory fragment from my past, edited together in Audacity and posted to soundcloud. The thought or ‘re-gifting’ that in this context did cross my mind, but instead I chose to use the visual above to illustrate the typical ‘tools of the trade’ I use in my role as ‘Interaction Specialist’ with the Teaching and Learning Centre at SFU. We have been going through some growing pains in recent years, but are now well on our way to re-visioning both the role of the centre and our place in it. Personally, I have taken the opportunity to embrace one of my passions, DRAWING and inspired by my awesome buddy, integrate that into an educational context through graphic facilitation/recording etc. The workplace has truly never been more exciting and rewarding with this burst of creativity, and acceptance that I need to draw to learn! And possibly teach as well, but we will see if I can push some boundaries this week.

Without getting into a long drawn out explanation of the graphic above “Tools of the Trade”, I’ll just say it was intended to present a set of capacities to my colleauges in the teaching center, who would be drawing (hehe) on them to enhance their projects with faculty. My experience in web development and educational technology have both emphasized the user experience in different ways, but in the end it always comes down to that, and the tools are only what you make of them, as I have heard said from time to time.

I wanted to shout out at this point to say that the #ETMOOC has been OUTSTANDING in the area of user experience so far, and although I am far from fully engaged, the instructors have put together such a vibrant and engaging community that even the small portion of learning and activities I am taking on will no doubt benefit myself and my collaborators tenfold.

To squeeze on last plug in here, I wanted to point to a very rough prezi on the newly formed “Educational Media” group in the teaching center. These are the same folks I will be teaching to and learning from this week in the ISW, and in so doing hoping to generate some valuable contributions to #ETMOOC. I can se another post will be in order to chronicle this process, but for now I REALLY need to get started on my mini lesson due tomorrow right away!

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2 Replies to “Enter #etmooc”

  1. Welcome to the etmooc party, Jason! Wanted to say I love your “tools of the trade” drawing–it’s how I feel in etmooc. And also that in my usual life I’m nearby, at UBC (in Philosophy), but right now am on sabbatical in Melbourne, Australia. Do you have three-day ISW’s at SFU too? I did one of those at UBC in 2011, for faculty. Fantastic experience!

    1. Thanks Christina! How’s life in the future?!

      We are doing a FOUR day ISW for some reason, a little bit different apparently. I’ve done one before as well and enjoyed it. I’m really hoping to squeeze alot of my mini lessons on this one, and blog them each night, tagged #etmooc. First one coming up momentarily! (not the video archive tho… nooo way!)

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