On Completing my first MOOC


Who says there isn't enough time in the day/week/month/year? I find that because we don't have a TV (from our Unitec MEdLM study days), we actually have...


Time to do interesting, relaxing and challenging things - like reading, solving jigsaw puzzles, helping the tamariki with their homework, and of course, completing a MOOC. Specifically, the inaugural #edchatNZMOOC, founded by Danielle Myburgh, aka @MissDtheTeacherYes - MOOCs have been around for a long time - yet I still had not been involved in one, until now.




For a start, I am proud to call myself a 'curious eduGeek'  - I love learning, love challenging myself, and others for that matter.  Part of my role at CORE Education involves online facilitation of Empower MLP / MLE courses. The MOOC was an excellent opportunity for me to actively participate as a 'learner' - to see how it feels to be on the 'other side'.  Rather than facilitating, I was able to enjoy the experience as a learner. Finally - as the topics involve future focused education which of course is my daily life at CORE Education! I am privileged to work with schools, leaders, educators and learners across Aotearoa New Zealand. As our world is rapidly changing, it is vital to keep up with current research, beliefs and experiences of teachers & leaders. 

My Tips:

Jo Robson (CORE Education)
  • Book in a regular time slot to work through the materials each week. Check in early on in the week to see how much additional preparation may be required
  • Use the iQualify notes section to gather evidence - something I did not really take advantage of, until too far in
  • Join a study group - or create one. Again, I didn't manage to make this happen, as my set time was a Sunday night
  • Share, share and share some more. I curate #ProfReading (read more here), and appreciate others sharing too #edchatNZMOOC

Things I found useful:

  • The recommended times for each section
  • The consistent format / clear layout and ease of access
  • the recorded webinars - to be viewed at my convenience
  • the range of readings / UDL format
  • When people commented, it was interesting to hear differing perspectives

My Wonderings:

  • Were there fewer people near the end? - I know I was playing catch up for a while, and perhaps we could have supported each other
  • Live chats with other study groups (for those not in a group)
  • Where to next? The second #edchatNZ conference is coming to Rototuna Junior High School in August - have you got your ticket?


Wahoo - a satisfying screen shot!

Tēnā rawa atu koe!

Danielle - I am so proud of you. Thanks for creating these opportunities for so many like minded people. Glad to be part of the exciting journey. Love that your bio on twitter reads:  founder. Education futures. Teacher. E-learning specialist. Masters student. MOOC maker. Learning junkie. Questioner. Complexity. 
No wonder we've always had a connection - and all the best on your Masters journey!

Us at HPSS - inaugural #edchatnz conference

Making a Difference:

Ultimately, we are here to improve outcomes for ALL our ākonga - our tamariki, our learners, our future...
"Confident, connected, actively involved, lifelong learners"

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