Again this week, I have tried to tweet resources that others in the course might find useful. The more I use Twitter, the more I like it. The quick posts are so liberating! No need to compose something long and detailed; just the gist of the idea or the resource or the fact. I also spent some time earlier this week cleaning up my TweetDeck and reorganizing it to include colleagues from this class.
The BIG "wow" for me this week had to do with MOOCs. "The MOOC Model for Digital Practice" (this week's reading) was absolutely amazing. I started the week with such limited understanding of what a MOOC even was...and I'm ending the week with a much stronger grasp of not only what a Massive Open Online Course is, but the potential MOOCs have to alter the face of education, as well. Nicole's blog post helped me understand MOOCs even more...and I was blown away by her description of a gamification course she took with 60,000 other learners. It was interesting to note that only 8,000 completed the course. On the other hand, wow! EIGHT-THOUSAND completed the course. As MOOCs grow in popularity, I wonder what the implications will be for universities and education, in general. Thomas and Naomi helped expand my understanding of MOOCs, as well, by sharing articles and links they had come across related to the topic.
In my school district, we recently invited teachers and administrators to submit questions related to a number of "hot topics" through a Google form. One of the questions submitted was about MOOCs and if, at some point, the district might consider allowing students to take this courses for credit. That was one short week ago...and at that time, I really couldn't tackle the question because I didn't know enough about MOOCs. I know more now, but I still have so many questions about how it would work if MOOCs become an option for students. How would we track completion? How would we issue a grade? How would we ensure that the content and rigor and time required for the course meet standards and requirements in board policy? Hmm. I have a feeling these are questions we'll have to answer sooner rather than later.