The conversation with Michael Wesch was brilliant. I would like to thank the participants who came and kept the chatbox active and Michael for speaking so openly. It took me a few days of ongoing reflections to start blogging about it.
Educational technology can go so far, but we can do even more by bringing ourselves into the equation. Here's a video recording of Michael Wesch and I in a conversation on WizIQ. This is a must watch because Michael went beyond teaching and learning. He focused on love and how we can enrich our lives by meditating on love before going to class: http://youtu.be/r-dzJr8bMgc
Conversations on WizIQ captures the hearts of many attendees because it's about people. Presenters are invited to speak about what they do, the challenges involved and how others may join so that we can all make the world a better place.
The current Moodle MOOC is in its second week. The participants are eager to learn and share their explorations, learning and teaching experiences, and findings with each other. The energy is high for sharing and learning.
You’re invited to join the first Moodle MOOC of its kind on WizIQ on May 31, 2013 for the opening ceremony.
The Moodle MOOC will officially begin on June 1 and end on June 30, 2013. However, participants will be able to continue learning together and receive ongoing support from the facilitators for as long as they wish after the official date. The recordings of the life sessions, the courseware and coursefeed will be available indefinitely. Yes, the MOOC will be accessible after the event. You may join and invite your friends and colleagues to team up and collaborate with you during and after the course officially ends.
You will get ongoing support from the organizer of the MOOC, from the course feed on the course, and/or by filling in the following google drive form.
The workload for the MOOC includes viewing the recording of 7 live sessions (unless you can be in the sessions) and developing a reflective artifact in the form of a blog, wiki, google drive doc, website, web page on a website and so on to sustain the information relevant to your needs and your learning experiences. In addition, participants will be able to learn to manage a Moodle website as a teacher or manager. The course activities and resources are available below.
Participants, who are active on the coursefeed (discussions), do the tasks (see resources and activities), attend all and/or view the recordings of all the sessions, reflect and write about the event and their experiences and share the link of their activities (blog, wiki, Moodle, facebook and other social networks) will be eligible for a certificate of completion.
WizIQ live virtual class is free for educators. It is great for e-learning, conducting meetings and webinars, streaming face-to-face conferences and campus-based classes, preparing videos for the flipped classroom and for blended learning, and as a course management system. The interface comes in 14 languages and it can be customized to suit your needs. I have been using it since 2007 and have never looked back.
IMHO, we are ruled by emotions. Our thoughts and most of our behavior is determined by how we feel. Learning about our feelings is the first step to understanding others.
Our lives can improve by tapping into our feelings. Mindfulness meditation is one way of learning to observe our emotions. We can make a difference in people’s lives by becoming more mature emotionally and developing a relationship-based attitude to your family, work, business, learning, and fun places. Our level of stress will decrease as a result of the “You Matter” attitude we show others.
Relationships are determined by our emotions. Relating to people with a you matter attitude in our homes, workplaces, school, and in public places is key to our well being and theirs. People will enjoy your company if you provide them with a caring attitude.
People’s choice of a product or service is determined by the “You Matter” attitude they get. Once a product, services, school, or organization becomes habitual, it’s very hard to let go and use another even if it’s better. If you want to market a course/school, product, or services, you need to get people hooked to the experience of using the product, service and so on by making them feel good about themselves and the experience they get. Everyone needs to feel wanted and more importantly, significant. It’s a win-win situation when people feel that they matter. The product loses its meaning when people feel good. However, the experience you provide has to be authentic.
In response to Connected Educator Month in August 2012: I totally agree and live by the idea of strength in numbers which is why I connect with educators around the world, but I don't need governments to dictate when and how it should be done. I've had it with schools and want the freedom to learn and enable others to learn. I've been disappointed and have very little faith in the education system after teaching and learning for most of my waking hours. I prefer to teach online through WizIQ and Moodle.
You may know about Moodle, Blackboard, Blogging, using Wikis, Edmodo, Canvas, or other learning or course management systems and how to add content and perhaps evaluate and grade students, but how do you facilitate online courses? Join the workshop to get tips and tricks on how to optimize your work as a facilitator of an online course. Free for teachers who wish to teach or are teaching online.
Teachers will learn about online facilitation and how to turn online students into active learners. Participants will focus on best practices and learn a few tricks and tips on how to facilitate online classes and courses. The course will be facilitated by Dr. Nellie Deutsch and Dr. Ludmila Smirnova.