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This connectivism keeps messing with my time management aspirations.
Prodded by Alec Couros’ tweet referencing Kevin Stranack’s “Guerrilla Connectivism“, and inspired by Roy Beasley’s “Confessions of a MOOC Dropout“, I posted the following “Reply All” last evening in response to a college-wide email promoting Coursera’s Aboriginal Worldviews & Education:

“Would any Aurora College staff be interested in going through it together as a cohort? With our shared northern context, we could add value to our own learning by meeting for online or teleconference discussions and/or discussion forums.  Sort of build our own support structure around the free Coursera course.”

Only 24 hours later, I have four takers from four different campuses!  And that’s just from the diehards who check work email on weekends.  In the MOOC world where “massive” is measured in 3 to 6 figures, it’s a speck; in my world where two talking is a success, it’s overwhelming.  Looks like it’s time to put my money where my mouth is (no wait – “invest my time where my typing fingers have made promises” ?? – more accurate, but just doesn’t have the same ring to it.)  Once again, ideas from a MOOC launch me into an activity that takes away time I’d like to spend actively participating in the MOOC that launched me.  This time I’ll blame/credit #etmooc.  Well, I have wondered about all the hype/trash-talk about xMOOCs.  Guess I’ll see.  Aboriginal Worldview is certainly a relevant topic for me.  Maybe I’ll even have time to blog it.

Did I mention that our college President is second among the respondents?  I wonder if the domain name “connectivistevangelist” is taken… or maybe “outonalimb”.


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