On blogging, connecting and promoting

I have not been very good at this. With the start of the #DALMOOC, I will give it another try. This means regular writing.

Considering I spoke in front of a PhD panel today for the entire seven minutes, I realised how bad I was at focused and structured talking. Even a mock session of talking about my project with my good grad school friends did not help. All went OK, and I managed to mumble in front of a very friendly panel after quite a bit of practice.  Maybe that is why I never gave lectures to my students, inventing and reinventing activities to make them talk, and always excusing myself from speaking coherently at length. I am better at asking questions, or so I like to think. With all of that, now the task of regular coherent writing with character seems even more daunting.

Now that I have this fear of expressing the fear in letters and words, I move to the actual point. I have previewed the dynamics of a connectivist MOOCs from a research perspective, untangling the interactions and observing how people act and manifest themselves through them. While doing that I came across the post of a learner who explained why introverts may not be well suited for a connectivist pedagogy. The post was about self-promotion perceived as essential for a connectivist learner. It certainly is obvious – in order to make connections, as we have seen through the research, individuals need to participate, produce content, attract, possible even market their content to specific audiences. Similarly, in both projects related to cMOOC interactions we have seen the importance of sheer activeness. But what if it is something that does not suit you well?

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