Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Digitizing Learning



Year 2013 seems so overwhelming and overcrowding. There is a variety of massive open online courses (MOOCs) that started at the same time. However, ETMOOC's topics attract my attention. This course includes not only some tools that can be a great potential in my EFL classrooms, but also sheds light on the theoretical background of a new theory that addresses the technological age. It is the Connectivism and connected learning. The 3 digital storytelling, literacy and citizenship are also of a great importance in this digital age. I need to know more about them and how to integrate such a new trend into my traditional teaching settings. The confusing side in this course lies in the use of a variety of tools at the same time to connect to thousands of people and to share my ideas and assignments with them. Among these tools are Twitter, Google+, Blog, BlackBoard Collaborate, and more in the coming weeks. I think that it needs time to be familiar with this new platform and then go a head participating, sharing and learning with this great team of members. 

Topics & Schedule
  1. Welcome (Jan 13-19): Welcome Event & Orientation to #etmooc
  2. Topic 1 (Jan 20-Feb. 2): Connected Learning – Tools, Processes & Pedagogy
  3. Topic 2 (Feb 3-16): Digital Storytelling – Multimedia, Remixes & Mashups
  4. Topic 3 (Feb 17-Mar 2): Digital Literacy – Information, Memes & Attention
  5. Topic 4 (Mar 3-16): The Open Movement – Open Access, OERs & Future of Ed.
  6. Topic 5 (Mar 17-30): Digital Citizenship – Identity, Footprint, & Social Activism
Links to this course tools:
  1. The blog of the course
  2. BlackBoard Collaborate
  3. Twitter hashtag #etmooc
  4. ETMOOC Google+ Community 
  5. ETMOOC Google Calendar ... To add it to your calendar, please follow this link 
I'm looking forward to learning more and more during this experience. It is time to read, write, reflect, share and connect. If you are interested in the same course, let me see you there!
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