Occasionally I come across interesting examples of technology use, learning and unlearning. In this case the main protagonist is my cat, Wally.
Wally has a love/hate relationship with water. He sits beside it, watches it and sniffs it whenever her can. If he touches or steps onto something wet he goes crazy, shaking and licking his paw until all signs of water are gone.
Along comes the iPad, with Pocket Pond installed, Wally is in heaven. Water everywhere, watery noises, fish and even chirping birds. Strange thing is, when he touches the iPad with his paw he still shakes it like crazy.
Image: iPad screenshot of Pocket Pond, Penny Bentley
I’d like to explore what’s happening here in a little more depth before #oldsmooc is over. How many learners out there are still “shaking their feet” when using these brilliant new tools of discovery?
I’ve sort of got my head around Week 3 which focussed on IDEATE…ideas for my project are now falling into place. Yes, if I can persuade a couple of unwilling academics to come on board, I think I know what I’ll be doing with them. It’s an online course meant to lead them calmly from e-mail to MOOC. Turning academics into MOOCaholics. Sorting out the minor points of putting it into practice will occur in the weeks to come.
I’ve sketched my visualisations, rather than use tables and lists. Since I’m designing the course to be online and as mobile as possible, I’ve used my iPad and iPhone for most of the planning stages so far. I’ve also played with a number of tools to enable this process.
So, the Learning Design of my #moocskills Project has been imagined & roughly mapped out, using some new tools and activities.
Now comes the Big Plan…how am I going to pull it all together and, am I doing this process in a similar way to all other #oldsmoocers putting their projects together?
That’s right, it doesn’t matter what out projects are about but, are we using the same “recepie” to put them together? Who knows, I wish there was more chatter on Facebook and Twitter. When I find out, watch this space, you may find a universal code for Learning Design.