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Twitter and the real world!
Half-term week in Suffolk and Essex. Little call on my time from Cambridgeshire so have been working on the Haverhill Online Learning Community. Have been confident enough in the content and where we are going to start to use the twitter account!
Twitter does require a bit of effort as I have found over the years that I have had personal twitter accounts. Finding people to follow is not a problem. Getting people to follow and continue to follow is the challenge. Choosing who you follow back when they have followed you is also a judgement call. Have had this on Google+ Communities recently where obviously some people passionate in their interests have invited me to some potentially dubious groups that at best conflict a little with the web presence I am trying to maintain. Once it's out on the web, it's out or exposed so to speak! Some of the invites are enough to scare the horses (old English saying)!
Gathering pace this week then, HOLC has tweeted a bit, but not a lot? In the #fridayreflection for HOLC I have described the meeting I attended yesterday organised by +Elaine Carr of Best of Haverhill at a local hotels' conference venue. The value of meeting people such as the local mayor and other stakeholder groups will often only reveal themselves on these stages. You cannot do it all online in a local community you have to meet face to face! It also provides that personal connection that builds lasting local networks!
MOOCs this week have seen Coursera become the largest online campus. The numbers at 2.8 million are still relatively small compared to total populations of students in universities globally but it is massive grow than in just a year! I struggle at the moment to find the time and inclination to enage with the MOOCs I have signed up for at present. Work commitments and other interests such as HOLC are taking precedence. The fact that I already have a Masters and I am not depending on future advancement upon completing the course are other factors. It will be interesting to see the measure of drop outs at the end of the first year from the people like myself who have joined out of curiosity to see how they work.
Genuine figures of engagement of students who are using the MOOC to further their career as opposed to attending a full time residential campus course will be difficult at the measure in my opinion at the moment. the question will be are they sustainable from a financial point of view? Should they be sustainable from a financial point of view as a direct replacement for campus based instruction (or do I mean learning)? Should they be considered as part of the role of providing access to universal education that Universities/Colleges have to satisfy in order to be allowed to grant degrees?
So my reflection for this week is can the MOOC stand on it's own or is it part of the blend of learning offered by Universities and Colleges for the benefit of society?
Next week getting back with the plan for spending more time on the OLC Google + Community that +Jeannie Crowley facilitates and trying to do some Python Programming on the Raspberry Pi!