What you share with the world…

As I’ve navigated the fast moving ETMOOC river these last days I’ve been focused on the idea of SHARING.  As we explore Connected Learning – Tools, Processes & Pedagogies the theme of sharing has been a big one.

Dean Shareski’s session on Sharing is Accountability (slideshare) contained a quote from Sue Waters that is important for us to consider when deciding what to share:

The idea of blogging as part of a constructivist MOOC is that you’re reflecting and sharing your learning. Ideally what you’re looking for is to learn from others while building on, and adding to what you’ve learnt.

The more you read, participate by leaving comments on other participant’s posts, engage in discussions and conversations – the more you’ll learn and want to share – and this is when you REFLECT on it by writing a post! (slide 71)

A learning moment occurred for me when I purposefully returned to some of the blog posts I had read previously. (I often read a post when I see it pop up on Google+ and that means I’m reading it shortly after posting.) When you revisit a post after a few days there may be a conversation developed in the comments that offers important lessons.  For example, this discussion on over-sharing between Brent Schmidt and Sue Waters (much to learn from Sue!).

So a key learning for me this week is how important it is in a MOOC environment to keep returning to spaces that we’ve previously explored, to see what may have changed (or not) and to participate openly in the discussion when you have something to add. We cannot just skim along this great ETMOOC river, we must return to our favourite docks and see what wonderful learning vessels are moored there now.


Photo note: I’ve been wanting for a long while to use this line as a contribution to the Great Quotes about Learning and Change flickr group. I usually use my own photos as a way to encourage me to take interesting/odd pictures on a regular basis. Not having anything on hand that would work, I searched my flickr contacts for a creative commons licensed photo with the word “sharing” and the one above, taken by Dean At Unplug’d11, was included (I’m in there somewhere). A nice way to complete the sharing circle.


17 responses to “What you share with the world…

  1. Thanks for reading, commenting, and linking. I greatly appreciate it. I LOVE your line, “We cannot just skim along this great ETMOOC river, we must return to our favourite docks and see what wonderful learning vessels are moored there now.” It reminds me of Dave Cormier’s Orient, Declare, Network, Cluster, Focus slide. We need to return to the things that interested us in the first place and cluster with those people. Thanks for the great reminder!

  2. I like your analogy – etmooc as the river. It is easy just to skim the surface without ever really reflecting – a quick read does not do justice to the many great ideas found here.

  3. This is a great post and it really is true. We cannot just skim along, we need to go back, reread, check on comments. I am so glad that we have the ability to be emailed replies to blog comments, it really is great to see a post take off that you commented on, just showing how the blossom continues to grow. It is a lot of information. I’m grateful to Alec, for his first etmooc session on diigo.com and scoop.it. I have put so much into my diigo in great list formats and the read for later section has become quite large but I get to 5 a day if I can, I have just come off of a commenting phase, no new blog posts, I have literally been commenting for 5 days now and I have learned so much. Tried many new tools and added to my knowledge two folds. Enjoy the ride for etmooc, just don’t forget to look back! I really enjoyed this. Thank you.

    • I see the email follow-up as becoming essential. As a regular reader of a number of blogs I’ve relied on my return visits to them to catch conversations, but with the huge number of posts from so many people keeping up with those that resonate takes a more determine approach. I hope you enjoy the ride as well!

  4. Being able to quickly and easily be updated of new comments on posts is the key. Like @mrshegstrom I do this using the notify me of follow-up comments via email. I do miss the old day where we had services that did this and you could follow using RSS 😦

    Letting go of memories, when you monitor comment conversations effectively you appreciate how much learning takes place in comments and how comments are equally important as reading posts.

    • I recently switch over from netvibes to google reader for my RSS tool – I didn’t realize that functionality was lost – too bad for sure.

      Read, reflect, comment, read, reflect, post — learn, learn, learn!

  5. Wonderful reflection and I enjoyed reading the dialogue between Brent and Sue as it helped me understand some of the issues I have as a new user of both Twitter and blogs. Some of my issues is the actual process of using the technology but some of my reluctance has been my own issues with “sharing.”

    • Sharing in a public space does take courage, and I think we each need to go at our own pace and do what is comfortable until we’re ready for more. I was a “lurker” for a long time before I moved from consumer to producer.

      I definitely find it easier to comment on the ideas of others, than to put my ‘own’ ideas out there for critical feedback. I’m using ETMOOC as a push to give me that extra courage … so far so good 🙂

      I also think that Brent’s key point of “think before you post” is not to be missed – regardless of quantity – we should be mindful of what we post because “what we share is what the world keeps of us”.

      • I agree and I seem to have followed the same pattern. Perhaps that is the nature of the online environment? Watch, learn, reflect, respond, post. I think no matter how mindful we are though, that because it is an online environment, we will run into being misunderstood. That is the nature of language and the nature of the environment. In viewing the sharing and accountability presentation I noticed that one of the fears of posting is changing your mind. Yet I think that is the best thing about online education is seeing the visible modification of people’s thinking. What a growth experience!

  6. I have to say, I rarely revisit posts I’ve commented on, and your points here make it clear that I am never going to learn and reflect as powerfully as I could if I did so. I will go ahead and blame time- so often I only get a chance to read, sometimes make the time to comment, and only if I’m really invested in the topic do I go back and read the next round of comments or see if someone has replied to my comment. I should utilize the notifications via email for followup posts more often! Thanks for sharing here.

      • @Jeannine thanks for sharing “comment save” extension and these types of tools can really save time. The one I used to use pulled in the new comments using RSS which was great as it meant I could read everything quickly in Google Reader.

        One aspect about extensions and add ons that most people aren’t aware of is you can have compatibility issues with extensions / add ons with some websites. This is handy to know because if you ever experience issues being able to do something than it is always worth checking out if you have the same issue in a different web browser. Clearly I spend too much time thinking about web browsers 😦

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