*This post was originally written for #etmooc 2013
I’ve joined #etmooc. It’s been about a year since I last took a MOOC and now its time for me to delve once again into the wide world of MOOCs.
I love doing MOOCs, I think they can develop amazing learning communities, however in the beginning they can be so incredibly overwhelming. In the past while taking MOOCs I have joined up with a group of people who all seemed to have a lot in common and we ended up doing our own thing. The overwhelming phase is sorting through everything to find this little niche of progressive conversation.
We are in the second topic of #etmooc. During the first topic (introduction) I said ‘hello’ to everyone using google+ and said a big ‘hello’ back to a few others. Then hundreds more people introduced themselves and it became a bit too much and I became a ‘lurker’, yes, the infamous person who reads everything but has trouble communication back.
This post is my move from ‘lurking’ to ‘wallowing in the shallows’. The slightly confused stage before real progress happens.
Yes, it takes a bit of work but exploring using google+, twitter and the great blog hub supplied on the #etmooc website, means that we can tap into each others resources to help us and then to help others in return.
If you’re doing #etmooc too, hang in there, it will start making sense soon.
A massive THANK YOU to John Johnston for recording the live sessions and posting them as MP3s. A lot of the session times don’t suit me and with the MP3s I can sit down with a cup of peppermint tea and listen. Also for some reason (?) Java isn’t taking kindly to my ubuntu set up.
Listening to Sue Waters session on Advanced Blogging encouraged me to share a fantastic tool that I use all the time, Zemanta.
Zemanta is designed to bring more traffic to your blog by connecting you with other recommended posts. I find that I look through the blogs that come up as recommended and always enjoy reading them. Zemanta also gives you options for images you can put into your post.
On this post you can see the Zemanta recommended articles on the bottom left.
Where to get ‘free/open’ images?
I often use Open Clip Art. It’s free to sue and share and has some quite fun images. Here’s a couple of examples:
Open Stock Photography is also a good resource.
As Sue said, remember to always check the license used on the image to ensure that you can use the image in the public domain.
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