Would this even be a website if my first post wasn’t called “Hello world!”? Here’s a photo of a cat 😉
I aim to make this blog as jargon-free as possible, as overly-wordy text is one of my pet hates.
I am about to start the final year of my masters course- MA in Online and Distance Education (MA ODE) at the Open University. Sadly this course is being discontinued- I may blog about that in the future.
I have come far!
A year ago, I wouldn’t have even understood the “hello world” joke I just made.
I recently found some notes I wrote back in 2016 (my first year on the course), and I wrote “TEL= technology enhanced learning”. I probably would have considered “TEL” to be jargon, I also remember bristling at terms like “asynchronous” and “pedagogy” and I now use them all the time.
Food for thought though.
A year from now, will these posts be full of acronyms, backronyms, intialisms and words that only those involved with ed tech use?
My pledge for this blog
As I progress through the course, I will force myself to write posts here of at least 500-1000 words in length based on the week’s material. I have been inspired to do this by a colleague, who is studying on a similar course at a different university. She has to write 3 blog posts a week. I think this is a good idea, and am trying out myself -“dog-fooding” as one of my very charming colleagues would would it (hello Stephen ;P).
I pledge to keep this blog public, to ensure that my posts are ordered and make sense. Well that’s the idea anyway.
I suspect I will maintain my private journal too, for when I want to rant about something, as my rants are usually sweary and incoherent 😉
I also pledge to make this blog as accessible as possible, and free of copyright theft.
Until next time!