May 6, 2014 in Course Information

ocTEL Forum Activity

ocTEL Forum Activity

In the UK most of us were fortunate to have public holiday on Monday. Given the intensity of week 0 it appears many used that opportunity to catch their breath.  Our Lead Tutor for week 0, David Jennings, summarised some of this activity in the post Breaking it down into manageable steps.

In ocTEL HQ we were still recovering from the website outage earlier in the week which resulted in the Daily Newsletter, which summarises daily course activity, went all ‘Groundhog Day’ and would have endlessly relived the day-after the outage had we not intervened (lovely paper by Terry Mayes on the educational technology version of this ‘Groundhog Day again?‘). Hopefully we have this in hand, the evidence of this will be if you read this post in your inbox.

Hopefully you’ve also all recovered and are eager to take on week 1 which is about  Concepts and strategies for Learning Technology. Your lead tutors this week are Maren Deepwell and Phil Tubman, not forgetting our intrepid group of support tutors trying to guide and stimulate you along the way. This week’s webinar is on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 – 12:30-13:30 BST (timezone conversion | iCal) and you can take part in the live session using Blackboard Collaborate or watch a live stream of Blackboard Collaborate session on YouTube (recordings will be available if you can’t make it). The webinar will  introduce examples of approaches to and strategies for learning technology presented by our invited speakers Kyriaki Anagnostopoulou, University of Bath and James Little, University of Leeds.

We hope you enjoy week 1 and remember if it all looks a bit daunting you can take as much or as little as you want from the week. If you want to extend your recovery period we look forward to you checking in for week 2, Understanding Learners and Learning … which reminds me …

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1 response to The open course you cannot fail…

  1. Dear Maren

    “Lurkers” vs “Silent participants”?

    Here are a few other terms that could be used:

    vicarious learners?
    silent participants?
    Non-public user?
    legitimate peripheral participator?
    virtual participant?
    marginal participant?
    passive observer?
    cognitive apprentices?
    potential member?
    proximate member?
    tacit member?

    See Let’s get more positive about the term ‘lurker’

    Which term best reflects the degree/ style/ of learning? If you read a book, but never talk about it, have you learned any less?

    Best wishes


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