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.
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) began with the idea of connecting for learning via personal learning environments (PLEs) using blogs, wikis, google groups, and Moodle. According to Wikipedia, the term MOOC is said to have started in 2008 by Dave Cormier and Bryan Alexander "in response to an open online course designed and lead by George Siemens and Stephen Downes" (wikipedia).
However, MOOCs have changed from the idea of connecting with others for learning to the more traditional content delivery format as demonstrated by Khan's Academy, MIT's and Standford.
The presenter has participated in MOOCs since 2008. She will discuss the transition of the MOOC from having an active learning format to what they are today - content sharing and teaching to the masses.
Michael Wesch is a sought after keynote speaker around the world because of the innovative way he teachers and how he facilitates learning at his university. His work involved Youtube and the maching is us: http://youtu.be/6gmP4nk0EOE
I would like to invite you to join Connecting Online so you can share text, photos, videos, chat, join and create discussion forums, join and create groups, make friends with others from around the world, and so on. Here's the link: http://connecting-online.ning.com
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
The course objective is to help you gain the confidence you need to succeed in an online teaching business.
Participants of the course will become confident as online teachers, learn to charge money for their courses, and learn about the marketing strategies necessary to succeed in an online teaching business.
This is a hands-on 4-week workshop on how to start your own online teaching business. The course will begin on August 1, 2012.
Participants will learn how to create and market their courses. The course wil consist of Live Classes on WizIQ and on Moodle course management system for discussion, content sharing, audio and video exchange and to qualify for a certificate of achievement at the end of the course.Who should EnrollAnyone who wants to create an online teaching business.
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.
Mobile technology is connecting people from around the world for many purposes. You are invited to take classes, enroll in courses, and to participate in the WizIQ conversations with leading experts on the subject of mobile learning.
Mobile Learning is Learning 24/7 What is Mobile or M-Learning? Join Dr. Nellie Deutsch & Dr. Mark Winegar for an exciting new course on teaching via mobile devices. “Your students are on the smartphones, tablets, and laptops for hours each day looking for something worthwhile. Give it to them! We’ll show you how” .
The summer is a perfect time for teachers to learn and connect with other educators from around the world. However, teachers may find the travel and expense of taking professional development programs unappealing. It makes little sense to turn a holiday into work. However, with the Internet, I no longer need to travel and spend much money on professional development programs. I take and give courses online at WizIQ. WizIQ live classes are a great way to teach and learn. Teaching is the perfect way to learn. I teach so I can learn and I teach my students how to teach so they can learn more effectively.