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Introduction to Connected Courses – Rhonda Jessen.com

Introduction to Connected Courses

I have signed up for another Mooc – Connected Courses – because it looks really interesting, many of the Tweeps that I enjoy learning and playing with are signing up, and I am a serial cMooc addict.

I am really excited about the course, the content and the instructors. Alec Couros, Alan Levine, Howard Reingold, Laura Hilliger, Jim Groom and Mike Wesch have probably had more of an impact on me and my teaching practice than all of my professors and administrators combined. I participate in learning spaces that they have designed like #Etmooc and #DS106. I read their words and watch how they model open leadership in online spaces like Twitter, Google+ and on their blogs. I have even had the pleasure of learning from most of them in online sessions. Michael Welsh blew my mind wide open the first time I saw The Machine is Us/ing Us and his work has continued to impress me ever since. I am so excited to see them all together in one (virtual) space. Plus Connected Courses features other instructors that I haven’t had the pleasure of learning from yet.

I am a media and computer teacher in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Right now I am seconded to Alberta Education, where I have been working on the refinement and validation of the innovative, draft Career and Technology Foundations Curriculum for the past two years. Prior to teaching in the K-12 system I taught computers to adults and other nerdly things through my computer consulting company, Innovations, and other techy jobs.

I am very interested in community building and the value of connecting with other educators. I am currently working with a team of co-conspirators to lay the stage for the Open and Connected Learning Mooc, for Alberta (and other) educators (and learners). #OCLMooc starts on September 24th so although I am very excited about Connected Courses, I more likely a lurker than an active participant.

Fortunately, since it’s not my first experience in a Mooc, I know lurking is ok too.

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