23 May 2012
I’ve enrolled in two MOOCs which are running at the same time to compare both approches. It’s my first experience in MOOC. One of the courses has started earlier this month under the designation of «Instructional Ideas and technology tools for online success», by Prof. Curtis Bonk of the University of Indiana, using Blackboard platform.
It’s well organized and the theme has practical interest for me at this moment. Every week there’s a videoconference. It takes place at 4.00 pm USA and 9.00 p.m in Portugal. Unfortunatelly I’m having some conflict with my computer at home and when connected the computer disrupts, so I’ve being watching the recorded sessions on Youtube. Course participation takes place in Forum and Blog in the platform. There’s also a wiki and other individual blogs and group forum.
Many articles are made available for readings, from Dr. Bonk and co-authoring.
There’s a video channel with thematic webinars (videocasts) from Dr. Bonk, that respect the same format: ppt commented with video. The setting is very traditional, seating and talking at a front table of an auditorium. He’s very extroverted, and not particularly boring, but something more creative should be done to these videocasts.
In his videoconferences he uses many «polls» for interaction with participants. I must confess that I’m not very enthusiastic about this kind of voting: yes, no, maybe.