Just checking my habits in fslt12

When you go to an open course you have to decide what to do there, how to participate. I have my habits from earlier courses or my web life generally. I don’t like to subscribe to discussions or blogs or their comments. I don’t want that my email is full of messages so that I do not see the connections, the thread. I want to go to the original place, for instance Moodle week and decide there how to continue. I need broad entities to study. And I am person-bound, want to know co-learners orientations, not only posts with hashtag #fslt12. I have used Eleni’s blogroll because many of fslt12 blogs can be found there. Now I decided to gather my own list in order to learn by doing. I did the same in PLENK2010 which was my last mooc.

Here is an image of the Google map what gives information about participants’ countries. I am in the north, in Finland. Click the image to see all.

Blogs or First Steps of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education June 2012, Oxford Brookes University, England.

Eleni Zazani, London blog  -she takes care of us, Twitter

Fred Garnet Forest Hill? in Oxford? blog   – a thinker, Twitter

Allan Quartly Australia, indigenous learning,  – blog  at the chalkface

Lucy Johnson Norwich, UK blog

George Roberts facilitator in fslt12 Oxford blog

Cathy Wint has commented me,  the blog

Cris Crissman North Carolina USA blog sessions

Brainsmurf Canada, but who is he? blog  sessions

Jeffrey Keefer NY blogi Silence and voice   +Twitter

Mark McGuire New Zealand Twitter + sessions blog not about this course

Sia Vogel Netherlands blog  Twitter

Vanessa Vaile USA New Mexico many blogs? very active everywhere 🙂

Scott Johnson Canada moocer

Lindsay Jordan London + art also in PLENK2010 blog

Linda Burns Sail’s pedagogy Durham NC?  blog

Apostopolos Koutropoulos Salem USA blog Multilitteratus incognitus

Coleen Elmer Washington? blog

Ida Brandäo Portugal, blog

Sarah Horrigan  blog

Vikas Nethaji  Oxford  blog

Don’t mind my comments, they only help me to remember something. Very few people are active in Twitter. Some are active in Moodle discussions, some visit on the Blackboard sessions and are active in chatting there. In the synchronous sessions my energy goes to listening but sometimes I notice some chat threads and listening the recording helps to perceive more.

Now this is so long post that I’ve to write another about the quality or nature of participating in an open course.

Let me know if here is something wrong information about you. I have a longer list of names but here are only bloggers. If you want to add yourself to the Google map, go here.


PLENK in the whole world – almost?

Now I want to show the image that Google Analytics gives me about visits to this blog during PLENK2010 (8.9.-23.11.). There are differences in comparison with earlier open courses (CritLit in July 1st). The number of countries increases and is 69 in this case.

analplenk2I live in Finland and my visits make it green. Next comes USA 215, Canada 154, UK 130, Australia 75,  Ukraine 28, Israel 27, China 23, Uruguay 23, Spain 21, Germany 16, Sweden 17, Brazil 14 , Ireland 16, New Zealand 14, France 12, Netherlands 11, Philippines 10, Italy 11, Portugal 10, Mexico 9, India 9, Malaysia 8 and so on.

South America participates well and so some parts of Africa. Many small countries or islands raised the number of countries. Global open courses are becoming more popular year by year. We have to remember that there are other possibilities as well. Global education sessions are going on this week all around the world, day and night.

Twitter has been useful during the PLENK, perhaps it partly takes the place of RSS. You will be noticed only if you tweet.

We had the Wednesday Elluminate session with Sebastian Fiedler: Modeling the personal adult learner, the concept of PLE reinterpreted. I put here a link to Rita Kop’s blog post where you can see Sebastian’s model and Rita’s model – one of the most interesting. Jenny Mackness tells in her blog about the model, too.

Edited the map information 23.11.

Comparison: CritLit – PLENK:

introductions 42 – 197  in Moodle
blog visitors   170 – 566

blog states       29 – 69
blog visits     550 – 1478

More people in PLENK but they spent  less time per visit than in CritLit .

Connecting with people

The heading of this post came from an article – it was in some Finnish journal – in which someone said that Nokia were more succesfull if it’s brand were Connecting with people, not only Connecting people. Who knows, it is easy to be wise now, after many years.

I want to show you a map of this blog via Google Analytics. This is a global course: people from 29 states, 550 visits, 3 pages per visit and 170 visitors who used 4½ minutes per visit.

This is map of Critical Literacies in June 2010.


Australia, Canada, USA, United Kingdom, Argentina, Germany, Mexico, Spain, Italy, Uruguay, China, Portugal, Indonesia, Ukraine, France, New Zealand, Brazil, Sweden, South Africa, Macau, Ireland, Russia, Puerto Rico, Malaysia, Iraq, India, Netherlands and Iran. Finland comes first because it is me.

We have only 42 people introducing themselves in Moodle but there are many lurkers or followers and participants. I feel myself connected with about ten people or fifteen. Networking happens between people and between thoughts you do not always think that who speaks but you anyway learn something new or get an idea. As in my post heading .. didn’t find the journal any more but I remember the idea.

I have fifteen blogs in my storehouse and I follow Rita Kop and Stephen Downes, so I can say I am connected with twenty people in this course. Never trust your memory. Ruth Howard gathered more blogs via Netvibes. I admire her collection but I don’t add Ulop because he says he is Finnish but doesn’t tell his real name. I am wondering why. Terveisiä vaan jos todella olet suomalainen.

It was thunder here and I had to close my computer and I hope thunder doesn’t come back any more ..