I would like to be studying an applied MAODE.
This should be a joint collaboration between the Institute of Educational Technology and the Open University Business and Law School.
applied is the operative word.
Not a Masters in Open and Distance Education, but an aMAODE.
18 months ago I signed up to the MAODE (I might have done an MA in Fine Art ... for which I was qualified. Where would I be now?)
My mother, tutored by Quentin Bell at Durham University in the 1950s, had me teaching fine art somewhere. (Our family for the last four generations seem not to generate progeny until they are at least in their third decade)
I may pick this up next and become a e-learning verions of David McAndless.
Information is beautiful
24 months ago several friends signed up to an e-learning course with Sussex University. They are now constructing e-learning, I am not.
The difference, dare I suggest, is did I want to be a mechanic, or the engineer?
- Can The OU be less precious and offer more of both?
- My first ECA was an entirely practicle, commercial piece of e-learning that was shot down ...
- for being blended
- and 'of this world.'
- It is all 'of this world'.
It is only learning, not e-learning, but o-learning.
P.S. It ain't rocket science. As Martin Weller shows in his VLE book.
What we as potential practioners of online learnning is a dip in the training pool. As a Swimming Coach, and former competitive swimmer, what strikes me is that I am yet to stick my toes in the water.
Frankly, my concern, is that if I come up with another commercial e-learning project for an ECA it will like the other one be rubbished because the markers are looking for an academic paper, not a viable e-learning project.
This is where the tectonic plates of theory and practice meet. Is anyone on the MAODE doing it to become an academic?
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(Note to self a month later ... it is applied. In every module, particularly H807 'Innovations in E-Learning' we are constantly pressed to put e-learning in an applied context with which we are familiar)
Love it, no I am doing it to put into practice (hopefully), perhaps you should create a poll?
When i read this post it seemed like to had been reading my mind. Lately i have been through a conflicting phase exactly as you have stated, though looked at is as architect or engineer! No decision made as yet, only to sign up for the next installment of the MAODE course.
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New commentThanks for this. My frustration is that I am not able to apply what I am learning in the real world because too much of the MAODE is designed by academics who want us to be them. Writing out of date academic papers may be their life's blood but it has never been mine. I want to fix things, solve problems, advance programmes. Not simply write about such struggles after the event then have a paper published two years after the event.