#fslt12 Yikes!

Yikes. Feeling a little over awed by the whole mooc thing. When I first stumbled across it on my twitter feed on Tuesday morning, my interest was certainly peeked. Although I wouldn’t quite use the word ‘confidently’ I did sign up, request to take part in the assessment (although noted that this could be changed later & currently feeling that getting to grips with a mooc maybe challenge enough!)) and was really excited to find a whole new blogosphere world existing outside by curent ESOL-sphere.

I’ve managed to have a quick look around the Moodle site, took me a while to figure out why I couldn’t see a reply button so didn’t contribute anything and I got to join the first live session for the final hour. I felt quite confident in that space, it reminded me of the e-moderating course I took last summer where we got to experiment with Elluminate as an online classroom. I liked the interactive features – being able to put your hand up (I didn’t), take part in the chat stream (joined in a little) and contribute to the group task on the whiteboard. 

I felt a little out of my depth when talking about ‘open academic practice’ – arriving late in the session I wondered if there had been an early discussion on the term ‘academic’ as it seemed that there was a shared understanding of what this meant. In my world the term ‘academic’ comes as a collocate to ‘writing’ and is almost always talking about the struggles that our HE in FE students have with study skills, critical thinking skills and academic writing. I certainly don’t see myself or my colleagues as academics (although not too sure how they view themselves). 

I see myself first and foremost as a teacher. When asked what I do, sometimes I  say teacher, sometimes I say teacher trainer. I find that the first answer leads to further questions in a way that the second doesn’t. When asked what I teach, I then often have to explain what ESOL is. I almost never say my full job title (Advanced Teaching and Learning Coach for HE – I’m sure you can see why). 

When at university I had such an amazing time that, when asked about future plans, I would say that I wanted to be a perpetual student (I still haven’t really figured out what I want to do, so I’ll stick with this while I’m having so much fun) I now realise that I have quite accidentally got what I wished for. There is such a blurring for me between being a teacher and learning about being a teacher and I love that challenge and ever shifting nature of my job. 

So here the learner in me comes a little unstuck. I’ve read a couple of blog posts from people on the mooc, talking about reflection and learning and becoming a teacher. And I know there is an ‘activity’ that I’d like to contribute too, but I’m not exactly sure what it is, and everytime I go looking for it I find something else interesting and get diverted. So, I am embarrassing the diversion – I’ve found the Mooc-step-through very helpful, I’ve discovered that a long time ago I set up a You Tube account and have now subscribed to the OCSLD, – and found out what that means after seeing it in my twitter feed and adding to my confusion. 

Time to read.

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