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.

This got me thinking about formal education and structured courses. Taking part in the #fslt12 MOOC (and I use the term ‘take part’ quite loosely) has made me ponder what role this course is taking in my CPD. We are now in the fourth week of the course, but I feel like I have barely skimmed the surface. Reviewing (or possibly reading for the first time) the First Steps Curriculum George Roberts concludes with So, dive into the curriculum and make it yours’

The way I am engaging with the MOOC is via blogs and twitter, which is very much the way that I access my other digital PLN. Eleni’s blog was a great resource as very early on she blog rolled many/all of the people writing blogs and I used this to update my Google Reader with a new folder, which I predominantly access via Flipboard on my iPad. So, after my initial ‘yikes’ at starting my first MOOC, I fairly quickly adapted the flow of information into my current digital practices. In terms of developing new digital practices, when reading through some blogs last week I made a conscientious effort to save the interesting links into Evernote. I now need to find some physical time and head space to review these. I also want to explore my YouTube account further and consider how I can use this more effectively.

The flexibility of a MOOC leads me to question the nature of a ‘course’. Attending a face to face course doesn’t allow for this degree of personalisation. As my students will testify, I expect 100% attendance, punctuality and a high level of contribution in my sessions. Yet here I am in this MOOC not at all practicing what I preach. Had my friend being given such flexible options during his PGCE, would he have a better view of its value? How much is the current target/outcome/assessment driven model of formal education the reason he chooses to home educate his kids? Are there greater parallels between home education and a MOOC than there is between formal education and a MOOC? Is this what Open Education Resources is about?

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