Our Educ 190 class! So fun. ❤
Today, we discussed about the pros and cons of MOOCs. We were given two tokens each as part of our debate if MOOCs should be implemented in the Philippines and what actions we can take to effectively implement it.
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I am fond of attending seminars, workshops and talks because they are avenues for knowledge-hungry students like me to learn something more outside the classroom. The typical setting is that there is a speaker which mostly holds the power to discuss and share regarding the topic of choice. But in EdCamp, there are no topics set beforehand. The topics are chosen at the seminar itself. It was a very interesting way to learn new things, and also to teach what one can share. At the beginning of the camp, students and teachers alike are asked to write on a sticky paper what one already knows and what it is that one would like to learn.
Since I already know music theory, basic Japanese language and how to fall out of love, I was able to share these things that I already know. There are fascinating things that I learned like how to do different designs of loombands, basic French and Spanish and self defense 101.
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Tests are given based on the previous answers of the students. In this kind of learning, the student’s existing knowledge is being considered to maximize the use of time in class.
Today, we used MathScore to try a new learning technique: one-to-one. In this approach, students are expected to learn on their own given an existing module.
A massive open online course (MOOC) is a model for delivering learning content online to any person who wants to take a course, with no limit on attendance. This updated ELI 7 Things You Should Know About MOOCs II (June 2013) provides additional key facts about MOOCs.
EDUCAUSE Sprint 2013, July 30–August 1. During this free, online program we explored the theme of Beyond MOOCs: Is IT Creating a New, Connected Age? Each day the community shared thoughts and ideas through webinars, articles, videos, and online discussions on the daily topics. The Sprint Summary is now available.
Looking for more sessions on MOOCs? check out our other event recordings on the topic.
– how do they affect the education industry (economics, course quality, social view of education, etc)
MOOCs provide an alternative way for students to learn basic and even complex topics that are usually cannot be taught in a formal school.
– why do people join, avoid, or finish MOOCs?
People who have quick and regular access to the internet often join MOOCs.
– what types of learners are successful in finishing MOOCs?
Constructivist learners I think are more likely to be successful MOOC learners because some of the lessons require hands-on experiences.
– are there any special topics/subject areas that are more appropriate for the MOOC format?
Graphical and visual-rich topics require a good picture of what has to be learned.
– how would MOOCs fit in the Philippine context?
By providing students and teachers as well that non-traditional learning medium such as MOOCs can be an effective way to learn things outside the formal schooling.
METED COMET METEOROLOGY (https://www.meted.ucar.edu/)
I chose this topic to learn because I am personally interested in learning meteorological topics and technological tools that are used in the field of weather forecasting. I finished some of the topics and got a certificate. I am currently enrolled on the topic: “An Overview of Meteorology” and found the topic too long to finish. It will require a month to finish the entire course. I lover how Calculus was applied in the lessons.
MOOC. Web. September 8, 2014. <http://www.educause.edu/library/massive-open-online-course-mooc>
MetEd. Web. September 8, 2014. <https://www.meted.ucar.edu/>
Fun fun fun class! Super kwela ng class. Super GV start ng sem!!! ❤ I hope to learn more about educational technology!!!
Learning new things is my jam. I always find time to learn things outside the classroom, things that I do enjoy and do on my most convenient time. This time, I chose to learn how to use Rosetta and know what the app offers.
After using this app, one thing struck me. You must have at least the basic knowledge of the Japanese language. The app uses Hiragana and Katakana for the different levels and quizzes. It has a friendly and engaging interface. Here are some screenshots of the app:
The app uses visual association for easy understanding and that makes the words more memorable. It makes vocabulary easier to remember. I found it difficult to learn some words because of multiple meanings and usage depending on the context where the words were used.
Teaching How To Use Rosetta
I chose my friend Princess Carla Perez to teach what I have just learned to use, the Rosetta Stone app. I chose her because we both enjoy learning the Japanese language. Here are her comments regarding the app and the things I taught her:
1. Ang hirap gamitin kasi yung iba naka-Hiragana, Katakana at Kanji na.
2. Masaya siyang gamitin kasi may pictures.
3. May audio din para may listening part din.
We both had difficulties in learning how to effectively use the app for the reason that it assumes so much about the learner. It is definitely not for beginners but for people who already have a background in the Japanese language.
The app has point system which will rank you from other people and gets rewards or coins after the game so in a sense it is behaviorist type of learning. It makes the learner more engaged and also competitive.