My orientation to edcmooc number 2

The first week of the second edcmooc course given by the Edinburgh University has passed and I have passively followed what’s going on. Actually, the edcmooc course never ended in my mind. The previous blog post deals with the 1st course and the FB group has worked all the time. Fran sent me an email before the course began and I have followed her blog. Some of active students on the 1st course are now called ‘community teaching assistants’ and they participate even more actively this time.

I have been passive but I am happy with my situation. No hurry needed, I may do what I want, I am not performing anything, just enjoying. Twitter seems to be an important tool for following, and the course news too. It was delightful to meet Chris Jobling in Twitter again (he participated in PLENK2010).  The first Hangout on Friday was great and it is good to have those meetings every week.

I give time to my thoughts to develop in my mind, thoughts and feelings. I can analyse the factors which are important to me: the team seems to work even better than in the 1st course. They are an excellent model as a facilitating team in online studies. They are able to interact with us, they give feedback about the discussions and tell us about their ponderings. They listen and respect each other and us, the participants. I feel at home as a passive participant in the course. That’s why I speak about my orientation, it is the right concept I think.

My orientation has long roots. I was an online teacher (in teacher education in Finland) until retirement 2010 and I had developed a similar kind of pedagogy as the edcmooc team. I gave freedom to my students both in content and time schedules and asked for only one assignment with a free subject. It is good to choose yourself. All this freedom is challenging and this is one of the questions that are dealt with in edcmooc at the beginning. This is normal but not so interesting to me any more. I am free and I have no need to ask if I am free or not. I have to use my freedom, that’s it.

My interest is the human mind, what is happening to learning and interaction in digital life. I want to understand this question more deeply during the next weeks and my digital artefact should handle with this questions. I don’t know how, but in some way 🙂  I love the way how we deal with the long history of mankind (from the ancient Greeks) and the tradition of Edinburgh University (thanks Sian Bayne). I want to feel how my consciousness broadens in order to understand human life better and better. Is there something called time, what is it? I admire the way how the facilitators use their expertise: they have no need to tell about their research (I found in my doctoral dissertation this and this, listen to me) – instead they use their expertise flexibly in the interaction and they give space to new thoughts. they wait and respect every new question.  They are open and inquiry oriented or research oriented (how to say this in English?) We are all peer learners but the facilitators’ model is relevant for creating the course atmosphere.

Today is all Fathers Day and our adult son came to meet his father, so I want to participate f2f. See you later!

EDIT 12.11. correcting my English (adding the and prepositions – we don’t have those in Finnish 🙂



12 thoughts on “My orientation to edcmooc number 2

  1. Thank you for your encouraging and supportive observations.

    On the business of “the long history …” I am always keen – as you may have noticed – to bring us back to our pleistocene origins.

  2. Hi Hamish,
    fine to receive a comment from you, thanks.
    Another interest which we probably share, seems to be psychology – how different people participate online and f2f. I have a blog post about this .
    You know Myers-Briggs and other possible personality dimensions. If you read the comments to my old post, you see that all answers belong to introvert side, either INTJ scientist or INTP thinker.

    Should we discuss about this somewhere, in the forums or Twitter or?

    • Thanks for this Heli. Fascinating piece of crowd-sourced research. 🙂 The story does seem pretty consistent doesn’t it?

      Have you suggested that the EDCMOOC folks try this test too on their blogs? I would be intrigued.

      Have you come across the work of Yair Amichi-Hamburger on Internet engagement and personality? There are a couple of excellent books; The Social Net ( 2005) and Technology and Psychological Wellbeing (2009).

    • Hi Heli
      I seem to be having difficulty in replying to your reply. Or perhaps I have put the comment somewhere else. Regard this as a trial post, and an encouragement – if you have not already done so – to try your Myers-Briggs “experiment” with the EDC community.

      • thanks for the encouragement, I’ll keep this issue in my mind and consider a proper moment … there is so much stuff already and people are confused or embarrassed

        • I think that is wise. As you say, a lot going on. But if you see “the moment” you should go for it.

    • OK – well that seemed to work. The other thing that I wanted to do was to ask if you were aware of the work of Yair Amichai-Hamburger on Internet engagement in relation to personality. There are a couple of books (edited collection) – “The Social Net” (2005) and “Technology and Psychological Well-being” (2009).

  3. Yes indeed – my background is in psychology. Although I am at the physiological end, rather than at the individual differences end. But I have found the work of Yair Amichi-Hamburger on Internet engagement and personality differences to be particularly interesting. For example, his book “Technology & Psychological Wellbeing” or an earlier book “The social net : understanding human behavior in cyberspace”.

    Thanks for the link to the earlier post. I shall take a look. I have seen one or two people raising questions about this on Twitter. Started, perhaps by @AndyDMMitchell.

    • Hi again Hamish
      I found three comments from you in a spam category ! and saved them now. I cannot imagine why the comments were assessed as spam, edublogs is very careful but now it was too suspicious.
      Thanks for answers

  4. Thanks for the name check. This is my first real MOOC since PLENK 2010 and it looks like it’s developing into a nice community.

    • That’s just what I tried to say in my post. edcmooc was a nice community already during the first course and now it seems to be even better. You can breathe freely there and be yourself, you are not pushed in a certain direction. Let’s enjoy

Comments are closed.