Who? What? Why? (bother)

So …. I know for a fact that I have a tendency towards procrastination. I’ve enrolled in about 4 MOOCs so far and although I have every intention of putting aside a certain amount of time each week to engage and explore…. but without fail; I never do.

Perhaps the motivation to study Instructional Ideas and Technology Tools for Online Success just wasn’t there. Did I really want to learn about Equine Nutrition or was it just professional curiosity in seeing what the fuss about MOOCS was all about? Probably.

I find thatย ‘real work’ gets in the way, deadlines loom or I get distracted by the internet in general and things that my friends have tweeted about (like this excellent Dr Who ring created by @haikugirloz).


So this could be my first and only blog post. Based on previous experiences. I am expecting that I’ll drop out and become a statistic by Week 3.

But I am at least going to try and if nothing else I hope to come out of this MOOC with some useful bookmarks and hopefully some connections and experts that I can refer to later. I really need to pay someone to compile all the useful links being shared through the #etmooc blog/hub/G+ sites. And then I need someone to filter it for me based on my current knowledge. Oh, I suppose I’m the only one who can do that…. sigh.

ALSO, WHY AM I DOING THIS ON A SUNDAY? Time to go walk the dog instead.

Ps: I completely forgot the who point of this initial blog post – introductions. My name is Jacqui and I live in Perth, Western Australia. I work at Curtin University as an eLearning Advisor and provide a lot of professional development to academic staff. ย I like dogs, indi music, watching comedy shows and I don’t do enough photography or travel as much as I’d like. This time last year I was attempting to see the Northern Lights in Norway. It was GREAT. I much prefer snow over sunshine.



4 thoughts on “Who? What? Why? (bother)

  1. Hi Jacqui, welcome to etmooc!

    Always excited to discover another person who lives in Perth. Lol curating and bookmarking the links and resources. Easier to be sneaky rather than pay. I’m confident there will be more than one person who is curating away and you could also tap into theirs.

    • Hi Sue,

      Thanks for your comment and just wanted to say I really enjoyed your first ‘Intro to Blogging’ BB Collaborate session; I learnt a lot! ๐Ÿ™‚ Plus did recognise your name but didn’t realise you were another Perthite!

      I also really like watching how others facilitate and moderate in a virtual classroom – you do it effortlessly, particularly given the number of participants in etmooc.

      Whenever I run sessions I typically only have 5-20 people in a session so it’s quite easy to coordinate ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Warm regards,

      • Hi Jacqui

        Thanks for the kind words and glad you gained from the session. There is also a summary of the session and all links in this post – http://suewaters.com/2013/01/18/learning-through-blogging-as-part-of-a-connectivist-mooc/

        Most people aren’t aware I live in Perth ๐Ÿ™‚

        Depends which of the two Intro to Blogging sessions you watched ๐Ÿ™‚ There was differences in the two and the second one T1S3 โ€“ Introduction to Blogging (Directorโ€™s Cut) ran smoother. I had computer challenges I didn’t expect in the first session which meant it didn’t run as smoothly as I would have preferred so I’m not sure it came across as effortlessly as the follow up sessions.

        I’ve been using Collaborate (Elluminate) since about 2004 or 2005. Besides computer issues I was a bit rusty as hadn’t used for awhile and the interface is regularly updated. That is why I always make sure I have a range of skilled moderators to help as you know they can quickly jump in to assist with big groups.

      • Ah yes, I still haven’t quite gotten used to the new interface to be honest ๐Ÿ™‚

        Mind you I DID discover that I could login using the Bb collaborate app synced through my car’s blutooth this week. I was quite pleased w/ myself in fact, thinking how smart i was being able to login and listen to the moderators … until Alec asked if someone was in a car (I was).

        I hadn’t realised that the app had my mic turned on by default and everyone could hear my indicators going every time I turned a corner.

        Oops. Newbie mic error 101.

        I blame the poor visual indicators on the app! And the fact I was driving and paying more attention to the road (as it should be!).

        Have a great long weekend!
        Jacqui ๐Ÿ™‚

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