posted Aug 10, 2011, 8:17 PM by Coach Carole   [ updated Aug 10, 2011, 8:37 PM ]
First week in the MOOC and we're absolutely enthused by the responses: the registrations and the community membership have grown rapidly in the week leading up to the launch. Several participants eagerly tapped into the Ning forums and blogs to introduce themselves, to ask questions and to share their hopes and fears. A few new groups were created and new members are happily drawing in like-minded people to share some specific conversations about their aspects of e-portfolios.

The introductory webinar was repeated for the benefit of new members and those in other time zones and two challenge webinars were put in place to help people in understanding the Blackboard Collaborate virtual classroom we'll be using throughout the MOOC and to enthuse people about the use of Blogger for their external reflective blog. The Challenge Mentors, under the guidance of Junita Lyon, have gathered their tools and resources and begun preparing their tutorials for each webinar. Several of them have also shared useful instructional videos on how to do lots of things with web 2.0 tools to enhance their e-portfolios.

I was immensely proud of what we'd achieved and was even more impressed with the comments from the E-portfolio Reference Group when they said the MOOC had exceeded their expectations by a long shot. We worked hard as a team collaborating on everything and making sure that we were following in the spirit of MOOCs and also providing support in the spirit of good online facilitated learning. We believe that we needed to have consistent and frequent online presence and we certainly showed that well in this week.

First thing I had to do in order to manage the plethora of email notifications coming from the Ning was to use a 'filtering tool' in my gmail. This has worked really well and enables me to separate them from the general emails that come in and I can address the needs of the MOOCers at specific times of the day to suit me.

Pleased to see many of our resources, links and graphics being used in blogs as participants begin to reflect on their own experiences. We agreed as a team that we needed many hands to both respond in the Ning and to comment on their blogs - thank goodness we had a team of volunteers ready and willing.

We prepared our epcop mooc blog entry collaboratively once more to reflect on the week and to acknowledge the feedback from the MOOCers at: http://moocepcop.edublogs.org/2011/08/07/week-two-begins-in-the-mooc/