This week in the connectivist course #el30 Stephen Downes spoke to Shelly Blake-Plock, Co-Founder, President and CEO – Yet Analytics. They talked about learning, LMS, experience, users, and data and provided plenty to think about- My blogpost contains 1. My #el30 notes form the hangout, and 2. My thoughts about application and implications as an educator (and I kept them brief!)
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You've had all week to create your new blog and find your feed address, and the time has come to submit your feed. Where?.
Submit your feed here!
You'll also see the 'Submit Feed' link show up on the course menu as well, so it will be available anywhere in the course.
What will happen now? I will review the feed submissions to make sure they link to actual feeds. Then we'll start harvesting them so I don't have to add links to this newsletter by hand any more (yay!). You'll also be able to find a list of feeds begin to grow on the Course Feeds page.
Speaking of the website you may have noticed that it has been growing over the last week. As we get deeper and deeper into the course, the website will grow. And we won;t just be adding new posts and videos (though of course that will continue). I'll be trying to actually implement some of the E-Learning 3.0 concepts as we learn about them (and trust me, I'm figuring this out right alongside you).
No videos today, but a treat for those of you interested in a deep dive into the mechanics of creating an E-Learning 3.0 MOOC. As I've been building the course I've been documenting the progress in a series of blog posts. These are really technical hands-on articles that are designed to illustrate what ti really looks like - what I'm thinking about, what I'm developing, the decisions I face, and the mistakes I make. Start reading the series here.
I never heard about Experience API (xAPI) but now I did thanks to a video conversation between education expert Stephen Downes and Shelly Blake-Plock, Co-Founder, President and CEO of Yet Analytics in the course #el30. xAPI is a new specification for learning technology that makes it possible to collect data about the wide range of experiences a person has, online and offline.
It seems odd to be diving into a MOOC about e-learning. Why? Because I am switching gears, am embarking on my third life, as it were, and am focusing on writing, photography and journalism. But I have hung onto a part-time gig working with teachers and schools and kids. And I remain optimistic about the potential for e-learning.
Please note: these posts were added to the newsletter manually. Apologies if I missed you. I'll catch up next week. Your first assignment in the course (to be posted in a day or two) will be to create and submit your blog or website for harvesting.