Without question, the connectivist approach of #etmooc has certainly motivated me to continue my pursuit of life-long learning. Specifically, #etmooc participants are encouraged to act upon the following principles as outlined by Alec Couros in his welcoming comments:
1. Make your learning visible.
2. Contribute to the learning of others.
Even before #etmooc started, I was very good about applying and practicing both of these principles. However, I was definitely starting to hit a rut. It is this powerful video that made me realize I need to continue pushing my limits and boundaries in order to fully maximize the potential of the global connections I have made.
Okay, so where do we go from here? What new challenge am I willing to take on? Well, here goes something ... I guess:
I have always wanted to connect with my on-line colleagues in a more direct and personal way. I have also wanted to try Google Hangouts. So I have decided to challenge myself and host three - 1 hour Google Hangout sessions this week. Accordingly, I am extending a formal invitation to all those interested, especially to my fellow #etmooc participants, to join me. The schedule is below along with potential discussion topics.
Wednesday, January 30 9 pm EST - #etmooc Thoughts so far
Thursday, January 31st 4 pm EST - The Global Teaching Community
Friday, February 1st 1 pm EST - Connected Learning
If you are interested in joining us, please feel free to contact me beforehand or just join in. The Google Hangout will be entitled "etmooc Faculty Lounge".
I look forward to the opportunity of connecting with you. See you Wednesday!
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