What is a MOOC?

The first MOOCs emerged from the open educational resources (OER) movement. The term MOOC was coined in 2008 by Dave Cormier and Bryan Alexander in response to a course called Connectivism and Connective Knowledge.
MOOC stands for – Massive Open Online Course. Massive since thousands of leaners can enrol in the course, open since if one has access to internet, they can enrol for free, online since the interactions between the learners and lecturers takes place through online sources and finally it is a course since start and end dates, student assessments, online tests and exams are part of the learning experience. The learners that enrol must be independent and be their own guides. I believe these courses are incredibly useful for lifelong learners and people who want to go ahead in their careers.

What Students Remember Most About Teachers

Loved Reading It.

Pursuit of a Joyful Life

Dear Young Teacher Down the Hall,

I saw you as you rushed passed me in the lunch room. Urgent. In a hurry to catch a bite before the final bell would ring calling all the students back inside. I noticed that your eyes showed tension. There were faint creases in your forehead. And I asked you how your day was going and you sighed.

“Oh, fine,” you replied.

But I knew it was anything but fine. I noticed that the stress was getting to you. I could tell that the pressure was rising. And I looked at you and made an intentional decision to stop you right then and there. To ask you how things were really going. Was it that I saw in you a glimpse of myself that made me take the moment?

You told me how busy you were, how much there was to do

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Steve Wheeler mentions six points from Freire’s book (The Pedagogy of the Oppressed) which have to do with blogging in education.

Being a reflective practitioner is something we, as educators need to be, in order to do well in the classroom. Blogs are a great way in which one can reflect on his/her teaching and to share good practices with the world. Negative experiences are also beneficial, so that other educators can learn from your mistakes. Dean Shareski in his blog says ‘blogging’ is the ultimate way to create better teachers.

There are several advantages associated with blogging as an educational resource. Blogs engage students and motivate them. By using blogs, students also improve their communication skills. They are also encouraged to give feedback to other students, which promotes the idea of peer learning. It also gives teachers the opportunity to share their resources.