#ETMOOC – ET Calls home!


Hello visitors!  This post is part of my new year’s resolution to become more active in my online communities.  I’ve joined a “MOOC” or if you have been hiding under a rock, what is known as a “Massive Online Open Course” on “ET” or “Educational Technology”. This #ETMOOC is an attempt to gather a large group of people (thousands at least) to share their knowledge, expertise, ideas, challenges and successes with each other in using Educational Technology. I’ve tweeted it out, I’ve joined the Google + community, and now I’m starting to blog about it.  Please, consider joining me!

Normally, in previous MOOCs I’ve joined, I’ve been more of a lurker, reading everything, processing ideas, collecting resources, but not giving back as much.  I was taking lots away from these opportunities, but never contributing.  So, this is the start of my chance to flip it around and become more active in my community participation.  I think I do have lots to offer to a large group of like minded people, gathered together to learn about Educational Technology.

For those that don’t know me, I’m an online educator for the Vancouver School Board.  I have been involved with the Vancouver Learning Network, a Distance Learning school for over 9 years now.  When I first started there, it had a different name, and a different purpose.  Back then it was a ‘paper-based’ distance learning school, one that continued the long held purpose of providing education to students far far away in paper-based course packs that would be mailed back and forth through the post office.  This was the standard way of doing distance education for over 80 years!  When I started, it was the birth of our switch to online delivery, to take this old model and to modernize it, make it more active, less isolated, more personalized, a bigger community, and to make the activities and learning more problem based.  While at the VLN, I’ve also created a digital Library, or E-Library, an online space that tries very hard to replicate a real school library and the resources and services it would provide to students.  We have tutorials, a reference desk, online databases, ebooks and other digital services to help our distance learning students from afar.

I’ve also recently started teaching as a sessional online instructor with the University of British Columbia, in the Teacher-Librarian Diploma program.  I am teaching LIBE 477B – Special Topics in Teacher-Librarianship, and this course is all about Web 2.0, and how to extend your School Library out into the world, and to connect and collaborate with your peers online.  There is a ton of over-lap between my day to day job, this UBC course, and this #ETMOOC, so I am all reved up to go!

I hope that you are enjoying your experiences in the #ETMOOC and that you call home once in a while to check in and see how everyone is doing!



10 thoughts on “#ETMOOC – ET Calls home!”

  1. Aaron

    Welcome to #ETMOOC. I am so glad to here you are going to move from lurker to more of a contributor. You have lots of great experience to share.

  2. Hi Aaron, great intro and declaration. I too have been more of a lurker in the past and now feel #etmooc is a chance to come out from under my rock a bit. I find this both exciting and intimidating, but it feels like it is time to step up a bit.
    Looking forward to learning with you! One more sleep!


    1. Hey Carolyn!

      The etmooc is off and to the races now! I’ve been able to check out one of the collaborate sessions with Alec and starting to come up with some ideas for how I can contribute back. Thinking of doing a Google Plus screencast tutorial, something to help people getting started with G+.

      I think we should also try to get the #care involved into the etmooc as well. Perhaps we could collaborate on something? Maybe get Michelle and Chris involved too!

      Glad to see you around online!


  3. Great intro, Aaron. I’m registered for #etmooc, but wasn’t sure how I was going to manage it with my 2 UBC courses, work, and kids. Your post about being a ‘lurker’ in the past helped me realize that this is an acceptable way to get started into the mooc world! Thanks so much!! Look forward to learning more with you, as I LOVED 477B last term. Hope you had a great Christmas break.


    1. Hi Fiona!!!

      Nice to hear from you! I hope you had an excellent holiday and looks like you’ve started off the new year well! I think its a great idea to lurk around, check out whats going on, participate when you can!

      I’ve just started teaching the next section of #477B and it looks like another great group! I’ve just got them all setup with a bundle for their Google Readers. A little intimidating at first, but they’ll catch on quick!

      I’m hoping some of them might lurk around #etmooc as well, making some connections and building their learning networks.

      Keep on keeping in touch!

      All the best,


    1. Hey Brian!

      Glad you are around as well! You’re a great inspiration for me, as someone who is always teaching (and learning) in public…..from your guitar videos (playing my fav pearl jam songs) to your #ds106 radio broadcasts, I love it all. You have a lot you can teach me!

      Maybe one day we can get together, chat, have a pint and share some stories!

      Also, been sending good thoughts your way after reading about your dog! Hope you are dealing ok.


  4. Aaron, I’m just starting on my journey of reading some ETMOOC blogs. I was very relieved to read that you have participated in other MOOCs as a lurker but will now move into the role of contributor. This is my first MOOC and I’m practically technologically illiterate. I’ve been interested in learning and using technology but I can just never figure out where to start. Anyway, I’m pretty much lurking in ETMOOC and in Twitter and am feeling a bit anxious about not contributing much. Reading your post sort of validated my lurking: it’s ok to lurk as long as I work towards someday being a contributor. On another note, I skimmed by some of your other posts and look forward to the tutorials on Google+ because I joined that and have no idea what’s going on there.

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