Posts tagged ‘MOOC’

#corpusMOOC week 3 a warmer task & a farewell

The warm up activity for week three of the corpus linguistics MOOC is:

‘Go to an online news website or get a copy of a newspaper you are familiar with.

Browse through it to find an article in which refugees, migrants or asylum seekers are mentioned. Read the article making notes about how the refugees, migrants or asylum seekers are talked about. You may undertake whatever analysis on the article that you see fit. Spend no more than about 15 minutes looking at the data, however. Then watch the lecture.’Comment_is_free___The_Guardian

I resisted the temptation to head straight for The Daily Mail/ Express, who are both so well known for their love of ‘foreigners’ and decided to stick to the letter of the task and choose a paper I am familiar with. So, woolly liberal lefty that I am, I found this article on The Guardian within about two mins. Read more ►

Digital Distractions or Necessary Networking #corpusMOOC

week 2 progress

week 2 progress

As I previously said, I’m learning that watching video lectures is problematic for me – so this morning I have skimmed through all the transcripts of lectures for week 2, while simultaneously completing the quiz. Not surprisingly, I got 100% on my first attempt! Although, I will admit that some of the questions were tricky and it took some unpicking of the terminology to figure out which could be the correct answer. Read more ►

#corpusMOOC and me

Here we go again. I have succumbed to my fourth MOOC – the Corpus linguistics: method, analysis,… MOOC run by Lancaster University. The furthest I have ever got so far on a MOOC was in my first one, #fslt12, was about half way. I not quite so well with my second, #OCtel, and the third one – a MOOC on philosophy run by Edinburgh University I think I didn’t get past the first week.

Starting the Corpus linguistics MOOC in week 2 I am getting some insight into how I like to participate in such event. The overload of video is troublesome for me – and skipping week 1 and heading straight for week 2 I straight way see a string of videos to consume.

After the first one, I skip through the rest to the quiz at the end. I then start to do a little research to find the answers – which has involved some Google search and some scan reading through the transcripts of the videos.

And then I get distracted and start to write this post ………..

A Big Question: What is the ideal ratio of teachers to students?



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I caught up with the recording of the #ocTEL induction webinar today, where Diana Laurillard categorises some of the Big Questions that are being asked by those participating in this MOOC.

In one section she talks about a 1:25 ratio, of teacher:students. I thought this was kind of interesting and raised a few questions for me. Does this mean no more than 25 students in a class or that a tutor has no more than 25 students in their tutorial group? What time scale are we talking here? For example, I don’t have more than 25 students in any of my classes, but I could have up to 3 different groups of students at any one time, so at times I teach over 40 students.

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An Introduction to #ocTEL

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It’s been almost a year since I took part in my first MOOC – the First Steps MOOC, but the memory of being initially completely over-whelmed by the experience is still very clear. But I am up for a challenge, and as I am currently in the process of completing an LSIS funded Research and Development Followship project, where I am looking at what and how HE tutors and students can learn from each other about mobile technology, then this seems like as a good a time as any to join my second MOOC.

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Tutor planned learning – student planned learning #fslt12

Talking with an old friend this weekend he expressed his strong dislike of blogging, based purely on his experience on an ITT course in a college, where he needed to use a blog as a reflective journal. In this very brief exchange on this topic he made his dislike of the course felt very strongly.

His reaction to the course didn’t surprise me too much, not long after finishing the course he had a complete change of career & life style, as he and his wife home educate their three children while they both work part time.

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#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. Read more ►

First Steps into Learning & Teaching in Higher Education: 21 May – 22 June ’12

It is a beautiful day in Dewsbury, and while not fortunate enough to be outside enjoying the sunshine I am sat in a pretty spacious room with big big windows from which I get to glance up from my PC at the fleeting glimpse of The British Summer.


I am geekily excited because this morning I came across a mooc (massive open online course) where tutors, new and experienced, will come together for the next four weeks to discuss teaching and professional development

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