Georgia Virtual Learning’s 2014 Summer Professional Learning Symposium “The TOOL Experience” Presentation
- 47 #eTeacherTOOL posts
- Approach to posts:
- I took my time I did not rush to post. Sometimes I answered the question I needed to answer and not always what the quest exactly asked of me, but I put in the effort to show why that question needed to be answered.
- Image to “brand” posts as a series:
- Tags and hashtags – searchability
- The blogging platform you use needs to make it easy to search all this content your are about to generate, tag early and tag often.
- Learn and use the hashtag for your MOOC in social media.
- Collect RSS feeds & use Feedly/Aggregator
- Anyone taking a MOOC with you is a kindred spirit, if they have a blog gather the RSS and add it to an RSS aggregator; capture now read later
- Share to Twitter/Social Media via IFTTT.com
- Automate and publicize your involvement in any MOOC by tweeting, posting to G+ any blog posts
- Include the MOOC hashtag in the blog title
- Comment on other posts
- Other participants can teach you as much as the content, or course authorities themselves
#eTeacherTOOL Take-away: Communication is the gap I identified in my skill set taking this MOOC.
After years of relying on face-to-face communication techniques: physical proximity, and non-verbal cues I realized online I was not as communicative as potential online students would need me to be. In the courses I facilitate now I imagine I am exaggerating my written communications, yet participants seem to find the communications normal. I know about the lack of written communications and am working to correct that, but the fact that it does not feel natural yet indicates I have much “un/relearning” to do in this area.
I was also very appreciative of the communication tools presented to me through this MOOC. I acquired some basic posting techniques/strategies. I also have a new favorite newsletter tool; I just love Smore!
As a teacher I appreciate learning something so important as how I can improve my communication so “late” in the game. That is a direct result of my completion of this MOOC.
I hope this overview of The TOOL Experience was helpful to you.
If you care to go to the course itself:
UPDATE AUGUST 2017: New site can be found here: https://www.openteachertraining.org/