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This completes the Masters Degree. I graduate on Saturday 27th April 2013
Currently (March 2013) I am taking H809 as a bridge towards doctoral research or professional consultancy. Complete in June 2013.
I joined the #H817open MOOC for one component of this module. I will register for 2014
- Why skiing is my metphor for life and learning (mymindbursts.com)
- Martin Weller and the MOOCers (mymindbursts.com)
- Openness in Education WK1 MOOC (mymindbursts.com)
- Making swim coaching a tad easier with SwimTag (mymindbursts.com)
- How to visualise learning – think Lava Lamps! (mymindbursts.com)
- How more deeply embedded is a visual memory if you crafted the drawing or painting that is the catalyst for its recall. (mymindbursts.com)
- No. 5 aha moment: the Web as a universal standard (downes.ca)
My creative inclinations, skills and experience lack one component in the business setting – controlling an impulse to step in and act or fix.
Better to let an idea run out of steam than give it undue recognition by pushing it off a cliff?
First with PDF files and now with books, I am skim reading the first months if B822 ‘Creativity, Innovation and Change’. I see a shift after the first module that could be said to be the ‘creative inner self’ component and recognising it in others to the every day practicalities of costing, scheduling, justifying and managing it.
This complements where I stand professionally, the elevator pitch may contain a good idea but somehow I must use what has gone before to predict what might follow, this in the fluid, slippery world of social media.
On reflection the lesson is to wait, then act.
I feel I may be compelled to use my online networking skills to ask for a show of hands.
My fourth module and some 12 days before we officially start.
I neither hang back, nor do I wade in; I appreciate that the person who finally makes it on 1st November may feel left out or left behind.
I leave nothing in the cafe area where no fewer than two course tutors have introduced themselves. Elsewhere I am one of four to have made it to the door.
There will be books, though thus far I am downloading PDFs are reading them off the iPad.
In order to take motes it strikes me that a second tablet would be an advantage so that I can have two screens. Two hinged like a book?
I sense a different tone, a sense that there is a team present to supervise our first moves rather than a single tutor.
The print-like lay-out of the texts lifts the words away from the VLE too, subtle yet recognisable differences. Already the reading impresses: I could spend the next ten years giving the many creative techniques a go and not get to the end.
This is something that has impressed me with each OU module that I have done, you could never want for something to do, ample to fill 12-15 hours a week, yet room to spend 20 or more hours if you wished.
On a totally different matter I agreed to complete and submit my old Swimming Club’s Swim21 application, something that I had done for the last three years. In this way I can at least keep my interest in swim coaching alive even if I am no longer poolside (for now).
And then in my inimitable way I go to the Harvard Business Review, as invited, to download ‘How to Kill Creativity’ only to spot ‘The Rise of the E-lance’ instead which takes a 1998 look at the opportunities then arising for the freelance in an IT rich world.
I download this into iBooks only to find a 2011 PDF on Webinars of most immediate interest, afterall I am this week an next seeing people about putting on Webinars for us. Some self-discipline is required, getting the required reeading done first during time I set aside to do so, rather than last.