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Exploring new spaces

April 28, 2014 in Course Information

Being thrown into an open online course can be very daunting. Unlike a classroom where there are physical boundaries and you can quickly gain understanding of the context you are in, online course remove a number of social cues and the new spaces can feel very foreign. One of the challenges often faced is knowing who you are sharing the space with. In ocTEL we attempt to give you a sense of who is out there in a number of ways. As this week is very much about finding your feet I thought I share some with you:

Tutor support

On this page we have our current tutor line up. There will hopefully be some names you recognise and and sure some you don’t. The list of tutors includes those who have lead in the development and delivery of the course as well as those who are also volunteering their time to support you during the course. The help page ocTEL tutor support: what you can expect provides more guidance on the type and timing of support.

Making connections

Ultimately our aim is to help you make connections between people and knowledge to aid your personal development. In the absence of physical cues we’ve got a number of tools to help you make those connections. If you are, or are planning, to use Twitter as part of the course you can follow the course tag #ocTEL. To give you a sense of where people are tweeting from we automatically generate this map of ‘#ocTEL tweeters‘ (to be included in the map make sure your Twitter profile includes a location and just use the #ocTEL hashtag in a tweet). If you would like a sense of the shape of the conversation here is an interactive visualisation of #ocTEL tweetsIf you prefer reading and commenting on blogs then we have a growing list of course participants who have registered their blogs (if you are a blogger or are think of blogging you can be added to this list by registering your blog in your profile). We also have a number of other features designed to let people leave trails you can follow. Features that may appear innocuous like the ‘who’s online’, forum/group activity or badge awardees are all potentially ways for you to find connections.

These are just some of the ways we hope we can help you explore this space. If you have anymore or particular strategies you find useful please share them in the comments. So now go forth and connect!

 

 


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