I think MOOCs will be fun … in retirement.
I think blogging will be fun … in retirement.
In my new position I have been like the proverbial kid in an old-fashioned candy store. I’ve eaten too much candy, and now I have a tummy ache! But, oh how good the candy tasted!
So the Walt Whitman MOOC has been slipping away, but …
Walt Whitman and his century has not.
For I’ve continued reading the recommended books from the MOOC: Walt Whitman’s America. As one reviewer on the cover said, I’m learning things about Whitman and his times that I never knew. …
And it’s a good read, too.
But in the meantime I’ve had to turn my mind to other tasks
that also take time.
Synchronous Learning Online — I’m in a synchronous learning online course the topic of which is
Synchronous Learning Online!
And I must tell you about it. It’s the wave of the future for 1) online learning courses that are 2) not too big, where 3) there is some thought to quality and 4) there is the understanding that there needs to be a facilitator and a producer and 5) if there is not money for both, the facilitator know how to engage the learners in helping to produce, which will also help their learning. It is an emerging technology, but it is the wave of the future: a combination of synchronous sessions when you need to be live with your learners and asynchronous when you can have them work on their own or virtually with each other. I’m developing ideas, and we’ll see where they go. I’m just over halfway through the course, and let me tell you: ASTD InSync training is excellent. It’ll cost you some, but my goodness, these people know what they are doing.
As I said, I’ll have more later, but for now … well, you know, one does have to do one’s work … altho’ this is my real work. 🙂