A Wonder for My Mental Beach. ETMOOC.

As Christina Hendricks first said “This is my love letter to ETMOOC”

It is hard to believe that three months have gone by and that ETMOOC has passed so quickly. If you had said to me on New Year’s Eve that, “2013 would be the year you fully reconnect with not only your love of learning but your joy of teaching.” I would have snorted in disbelief.

Do you remember when you were small and found a treasure on the beach? The sand was warm as it sifted between your toes, your hair was almost hot from the sun beating down on it and the water made a soft, rhythmic lapping sound where it broke along the shore? And then you spotted it? It could have been a magical speckled rock with golden glints, or a shell with that smooth lustre inside and purply grey knobbles on the outside. Or it may have been a gnarled piece of driftwood that looked like a face or the actual bones of an animal? And you would cup it in your hands and race up to your parents or your brothers and sisters to show them the wonder of what you had found? Serendipitously, I found a wonder for my mental beach. ETMOOC.

Life is full of surprises, twists, turns and opportunities. And ETMOOC has been a tremendous opportunity. Not just because I learned new technical skills, or because I embraced my artistic, creative side, or because I was introduced to new ways of thinking and communicating. These have been enormously beneficial to me. But what I have valued most are the people I have interacted with all along this journey.

I feel like I’ve been on an exploratory mission to a new territory, with some wonderful guides and an enormous group of supporters who read my blogs, provided feedback, answered my questions and made me stop lurking and actually participate, even though what I may be saying is not original or has been repeated elsewhere. Remixing, repurposing and retweeting are part of my repertoire now. I learned that it is okay to share, to be open and that my incessant need to ask questions is what makes me who I am, so ask away! Jeff Merrell said it best when he used the word authentic. This has been an authentic learning experience for me and I hope that the spirit that has infused me during ETMOOC will keep me connected, sharing and questioning long into the future.

Please leave the lights on….

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2 Responses to A Wonder for My Mental Beach. ETMOOC.

  1. I love the image here, Karen–not only do I remember finding such treasures on the beach, I’m not reliving that with my five-year-old son who finds treasures *everywhere*!

    I couldn’t help calling my vlog a “love letter,” because when I started writing down what I wanted to say I realized it was all just a gushing flow of positive emotion. And that’s what i get from your post as well. I wonder just what it was that allowed so many of us to connect so well with ETMOOC? How did it work so well to establish, support, nurture these connections? I need to think more about that, if I am serious at all about possibly working on a cMOOC in the future.

    Looking forward to continuing the conversation with you!

  2. Great post Karen! I loved your connection to the beach and the serendipitous discovery of #etmooc. It definitely brought a number of unexpected opportunities for learning and as you say, “wonderful guides and an enormous group of supporters.” I look forward to continuing this learning experience in the new spaces our #etmooc community builds.

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