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This is a little funny… I wrote on Mimi’s #notover blogpost that I was behind Simon Ensor’s taskforce idea… And that I have a task for the taskforce that I would blog about.
The funny part is that I can’t remember what that task was! But hey, I can still make one up 🙂
I have written elsewhere that I think something like #ccourses would continue if the participants made good enough connections that they valued and wanted to maintain. What’s a course on connecting that ends with disconnection? But I am sure it will only be a subset of people who continue to connect thru #ccourses itself, the hashtag or google+ or wherever. Other connections continue in back channels and are not as visible or easy to connect to #ccourses. Even other connections involve things like research (ongoing) and joining other MOOCs together (happening also) – and ummm becoming friends on facebook (one of my fave things that make me feel closer to people, it’s a bit silly I know). Some people were already connected thru #rhizo14, #clmooc or even just twitter or (gasp) real life!
Soo umm the task I’m errr…
FORGET IT – there is no task, but a request. Maha Abdel Moneim (whom i met via #ccourses and have not yet met in person btw) and I are doing a workshop f2f on becoming a connected educator… It’s January 26-27 – it is for Nile TESOL (so audience are teachers of English to speakers of other languages)
So I have two requests:
1. Question: what do you think would attract peope totally new to this? Can you tell us about moments that clicked for you? Things that work for you or help you become more connected? [disclaimer, we might quote you so let us know if it’s OK to quote you by name – aaah it’s a public blog anyway]. I do know that for me, cMOOCs make a very big difference. Terry Elliott is right about it being like an addiction (and if you have not noticed his latest blog post on how to get learners together to build something together of their reflections on their own experiences – you should!)
2. Request/Invitation: Would you be willing to interact on twitter with participants during out workshop? (Worked great w my students). We could actually ask them to look at particular hashtags including #tesol #efl but also #edtech and maybe more special ones like #ccourses and #clavier – we are trying to make the workshop close to 3pm our time so it’d be 1pm UK and 8am EST -hopefully some of you would be awake….
Meanwhile, I may show Dina Moati’s video on connecting through Twitter: