Over on mobiMOOC, we’re just getting started. Intros all round, a survey, an opening set of questions to address, an Elluminate session and slides, and a practice run on sending images to the mobiMOOC Posterous. Right now, it’s a lot of Bird Here phatic communication and discovering baselines: areas of knowledge, levels of expertise, comfort zones, purposes … Lots of people with g-phones, netbooks, some with iPads and laptops. The range is interestingly broad.
I’m still getting organized. My main input is email from the googlegroup, and a view of the weekly wiki page. So far, the email works, but the group’s thread requires a lot of filtering, and I’d rather work in DT than my mail application. I miss a Daily Newsletter (in the manner of PLENK2010) and the hashtag. And I’ll probably switch over to the RSS feed to keep up with things. Being disoriented at the start of the MOOC is normal (new organization, new facilitators, new countries of origin – UK and Belgium). A good reminder of what it’s like.
I’m also still considering how to handle sharing. The google groups set up encourages posting to the list, but I’d also like to have my stuff closer at hand for later this summer. So, I’m posting on the blog to start with.
This came over the mobimooc google group as a starting point:
2. Pick one of the following mLearning tools: qr-codes, pictures taken via mobile device, movies via mobile device, … and show us how you would use it for learning via either a descriptive picture, movie taken with a mobile device.
The interesting part of this activity is the request to show how we use the mobile technology rather than just explain or describe how we use it. Proof of pudding.
Three ways to use mobile pictures.
1. JIT learning. I needed to repair a plumbing fixure, so I took a shot, brought it in to the local Fleet Farm and got the parts and advice I needed to make the repair. In this case, I used it to learn something I needed to do.
2. I occasionally grab the notes I’ve taken on the blackboard. I’ll then either add the notes to the wiki or refer to them to get us started on the next class session. I wouldn’t simply post these and ask students to refer to them. Bad handwriting notwithstanding, it’s my job to curate this stuff.
3. Exhibits and examples. I typically spot images to use in FYC and in other classes while I’m out taking care of daily nuisances like repairing plumbing or buying cat food. I noticed this conflation of a banner image of a cat on a countertop over the Friskies at Target. I’m not sure what to do with this image yet (it says a lot about how marketing people view cat owners) so it goes on Flickr for later – and for possible use by others.
This is what I like about MOOCs: They get me thinking about stuff that has become second nature.