As first weeks go, this one went per usual – I finished the week feeling a little crazy and a little overwhelmed. This is my third MOOC. I am now pretty comfortable with the technology, so this went smoother. But there is always getting into the rhythm of a class that takes a couple of weeks. I’m always happy when the rhythm sets in.
What’s different about this MOOC? I am not experiencing the frenetic sense of motion. This MOOC is beginning much calmer. Our professors are letting all the MOOCers play with the technology, which is contributing to the calm. This MOOC also seems to have quite a bit of energy from the students. My blog stats skyrocketed, which indicates my peers are checking in. I enjoyed reading all the blogs I got to. My overwhelmed self convinced my over-achiever self that I did not have to read every single blog associated with this MOOC. I felt quite a bit of camaraderie from my peers as we fumble at the beginning of this class together.
I really appreciate the advice and feedback given to me on my blog. I have a couple of directions I could go on my forthcoming project. I get the sense my peers are out there to help me. I hope I can be as helpful to them, too.
The concepts that are part of action research are not new to me. So far, the readings are good refreshers as I head into the project for this MOOC. The goal for this coming week is to dig deeper into the Alaska Standards and see if a project reveals itself to me. After I do a bit more digging, I am going to see if my students have any ideas what they would like to research. I think involving my students in my action research is an interesting idea.