I found out about the Connected Course taking place at connectedcourses.net via Paul-Olivier Dehaye’s own introduction post for it. And I discovered his blog via his @podehaye twitter account – which I’m following because when I read about his having hidden his Coursera Teaching goes massive: New skills required course, I thought it was such a brilliantly economic way to incite the students to apply what he had been advocating in his videos for that course.
I signed up for the Connected Course because I’ve been interested in the connective learning approach since Stephen Downes lead a discussion about a document he entitled “Learning Networks and Connective Knowledge” in the Instructional Technology mailing list in 2006, and also because I enjoyed and learned a lot from the connective workshop/MOOC Laboratorio di Tecnologie Internet per la Scuola #ltis13 lead by Andreas Formiconi for Italian University Line last year.
Something fun happened right at the end of #ltis 13 in June 2013: one of the participants, Fabrizio Bartoli, had reblogged a post of Vance Stevens in his learning2gether blog, and Vance Stevens then invited some of us to present #ltis13 in English there: see Fabrizio Bartoli, Lucia Bartolotti organize a discussion of the cMOOC ltis13.
But perhaps the most important thing about #ltis13 is that it continued after its administrative end, morphing into a permanent workshop, #loptis, with Andreas Formiconi’s blog at its hub. So in a way, my signing up for this Connected Course is part of my participation in the #loptis workshop – and vice-versa 😀
As to who I am: a former teacher of French and English as foreign languages, presently a pro translator and an accessibility advocate. Oh, and given my misleading first name: I’m female.