Nogbad’s Education

March 11, 2013

And now the who and why

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2012-02-13 17.13.58This post is to introduce who I am and why I’m doing the Open Education MOOC. I guess it’ll also serve to introduce me to anyone else who wanders in so it’s cool

The who and why are probably interlinked. By day I work for the Open University as an advisor  I specialise in working with a specific group of students and I spend a fair bit of my time travelling and working away from the university’s offices. It’s in the DNA of the OU that we go to the student and as these students can’t access the usual support structures I’m one of the people who acts as an intermediary between them and the university. When I’m not doing that I work as an OU tutor on a first level technology course which is delivered almost entirely online. There are a handful of opportunities for students to meet face-to-face but they can’t all attend or can only come along once or twice so I don’t get to meet the majority of them.

The first OU thing I worked on as a tutor was more than a dozen years ago and that was a very innovative course which had more than 10,000 students on the first presentation Yes, 10k all at once. Bonkers. The course team chair was the self same Martin Weller who is heading up this MOOC.  In the past I’ve created some stuff on OpenLearn and used the space in work I’ve done on collaborative projects in the south east of England and also a project with Marjon and Plymouth City Council. And I’d forgotten how much there was and how long ago until I looked at those as a reminder.

So I suppose I’m drawn towards opportunities to engage with all this newfangled online stuff because I’m a tinkerer; I like playing with technology and ideas and seeing where they might be going next so that I can hang on the coattails. And because I know that if Martin’s involved it’s worth being around and because it’s a chance to hang out with some very smart people and find out what the world looks like past the very little bit that I can see. If I can only steal one good idea and use it to plug a gap in something I’m trying to do somewhere else then it’ll be worthwhile.




I’m also here because I understood there would be tea and biscuits.


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