Sunday, January 27, 2013

Here Goes Something ... I guess

For well over a year now, my professional goal has been to expand my interaction with the global teaching community.  As you can well imagine, the benefits of developing a supportive and passionate Professional Learning Network (PLN) have been very inspiring and thought-provoking.  The way in which I approach teaching my classes now is very different than it was even a few short months ago.  In particular, I am most pleased to report that my students have also benefited from these new teaching practices as we have incorporated many innovative ideas into our daily classroom activities.

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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  1. I wanted to try a goggle hangout too. Will see you Wednesday I hope. Thanks for setting up.

    1. Awesome! I hope to see you on Wednesday too!

  2. Wow, love that video! Nothing like the process of talking yourself into doing something new and fighting the bit of your brain that's screaming in terror.

    I've just discovered this etmooc, still working on finding my way around - seems there's a whole world to explore...

    1. I know that video certainly got me thinking - that is for sure! Hope to see you on one of the hangouts.

  3. Lynda, I can't make it Wednesday because I am moderating a #1to1techat (also a big jump for me!). May I try to join in Thursday? Just followed you on Twitter. You can tweet or DM me at @cordym

    Thanks for rolling this out! Here . . we .... go!

  4. Good luck with the chat - they are always so much fun! Absolutely join us - I am thinking if the experience is a positive one (which I am sure it will be) I will continue it on a regular basis. Just followed you on Twitter too! :)

  5. I'd love to drop in and see what's going on... I have put the times and dates on my calendar and if all goes well- I will try to join in. Thanks for the opportunity to connect.

  6. Awesome! We'll be happy to have you!

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