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 🙂