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Overheard while playing Minecraft with my granddaughters, "NO Marie, don't pour lava into the horse pen!"
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I love the "countdown to event" link :-)
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I am Jim  Stauffer - sometimes "wayupnorth" online.  I teach Adult Literacy and Basic Education for Aurora College in a satellite community learning centre in Canada's Northwest Territories.  I've been a partial participant in cMOOC learning since PLENK2010 sucked me into this exhilarating vortex of confusion, uncertainty, connections, and trying to explain and evangelize my more conventional colleagues.
I'm not an academic.  Perhaps my lack of conventional training makes me more open to unconventional ideas.  I've blogged my initial anticipation of this "course" at http://www.wayupnorth.ca/blog/

Here is a scan of my jottings while attempting to read the introduction "Rhizome" from "A Thousand Plateaus".  I've also shared it in the P2PU discussion.
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Ain't it grand that we continue to traverse some of the same circles? I will get to your Skype convo starter and digress a bit ... Real soon :)
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Open letter to a MOOC dropout  - new post taken from an email exchange with a colleague who has questions about joining another MOOC after dropping out of the last one.
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What serendipity!  I had a call late last week from a colleague asking if I could help them decide if they could use Moodle to meet their distance learning need.  Then along comes this invitation from Dr Nellie that very afternoon.  I can't add much to the knowledge of experts, but I can invite my colleagues to join me in learning from them.
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Great to be connecting with you once again, Jim. 
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A group of us from Aurora College are currently enrolled in Coursera's "Aboriginal Worldviews and Education" course.  Scattered across several campuses and Community Learning Centres, we've been meeting online in 2's and 3's for live discussion sessions. Finding a mutually-acceptable time is a problem. I guess two or three isn't bad out of 15.  That's better than 10%.  I've started using ScheduleOnce to select times. 

I'm hoping to introduce some of my colleagues to this community as we go along, although given the size of the Coursera forums (23K enrolled) we may wait until the 4-week course is finished.  In spite of the light turnout for live sessions, I'm getting a lot of enthusiastic feedback on people's desire to connect.
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Yes, I definitely would recommend it.  I'd go as far as recommending it be required for new educators with little exposure to Aboriginal culture.  But even after more than 30 years among Aboriginal people, I'm still getting alot out of it.  Surprised to find I still hold some stereotypes and predjudices.  In our connectivist MOOCs I've heard people dismissing xMOOCs in general, and Coursera in particular.  "Aboriginal Worldviews and Education" may be an exception, but I've found it an excellent course.  The instructor is well spoken, presents his material with balance and sensitivity.  Yes, there are lectures and readings, and it draws heavily from great plains culture, but there are also places to reflect and extensive discussion forums.  Like our cMOOCs, it's drinking from the firehose.  One has to pick and choose and rely a bit on serendipity to find a place to engage.
Another thing I would recommend is forming a support group for colleagues taking the course together.  Although our discussion sessions have been in twos and threes, it is very valuable to talk over some of these sensitive issues with educators in a similar context.
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What a great letter! have, Have, HAVE to share this with my ABE class. Maybe if they hear a university prof saying it does not need to be perfect first try, that will make it more credible next time they hear me reminding them
Lots of wrestling in FB this week with what could be argued to be an essential ‘issue’ with MOOCs – they are open – free – out there… surely this is thus egalitarian learning at its very best? But no – some are still silenced...
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+Jim Stauffer ~ I learned more about writing teaching ABE and ESL than (enforced) hanging out with English majors in grad school
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This is a really helpful, clear tutorial once you understand Photoshop basics. #AdobeGenPro
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Decided to take the plunge- again.  Introductory blog post http://www.wayupnorth.ca/blog/2013/09/12/why-not/
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Hi Jim, like you've I've signed up for the course. When I saw it advertised in the summer it felt a great thing to be doing. But now my own students are back, along with other commitments, it suddenly seems very daunting indeed.
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I didn't hear anything about it.
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