I eagerly joined #CCourses, in hope of learning to learn from an Open, Connected, Curriculum-less course, in hope of creating one myself someday.
But, after, the very interesting ‘Why’, I could not manage to keep up. Second week, I was overwhelmed. Third week, I was disillusioned – not clear how to learn from this course anymore.
Now, I am not bothering to keep up at all. So, have I disengaged with CCourses, NO!
Instead, I realize, I am learning, in my own small way, to my limited energy and ability, just not in the way, a lot of others in the course are able to.
Before I joined #CCourses, I had
- Subscribed to several learning newsletters
- Joined 1 LinkedIn group - Social Learning
- Followed a handful of bloggers - Mostly people who promoted and wrote on Social Learning
- Followed similar people in Twitter – Found and followed a lot more people.
- Read /discard emails based on the content.
- Read each new blog post – I was getting emails whenever they posted a new one.
- Participate in a weekly Tweetchat #ldinsight – Started sharing my views eagerly, and thereby found new people who shared similar views
- Tweet about a new blog post by someone I followed, or Retweet something I liked.
Thanks to my new connections, I have started using a few tools, to help myself find a new rhythm.
- Inoreader – helps me check all those blog updates at one place.
- Tweetdeck – helps me read conversations on a hashtag, or shares by a handful of people in a ‘list’.
- Open Inoreader – Read 2 or 3 blogs at the top, Favorite some, and close it
- Open Tweetdeck – Read one-page-full, RT some, and close it.
- Open ConnectedCourses.net for the week’s activity or the daily connect activity – Do what is interesting, and leave the rest.
- Get back to work and real life.
Today, after a long time, I took the time to reflect upon this, and I am glad that I did.