Some members in our cohort, Fall 2011, maybe noticed that I’ve been following the EC&I 831 as a non-credit participant.  My struggle involves finding the balance between ‘Practice & Reflection’ and ‘Model & Demonstrate’.  I have been what can be described as lurker/observer and my main focus is on how I will become a node that creates learning resources for teacher’s open online learning.  On the personal side I’ve used social media successfully for a long time and am now facing the challenge to develop ‘expert’ skills in Social Media & Open Education.

An expert is someone widely recognized as a reliable source of technique or skill whose faculty for judging or deciding rightly, justly, or wisely is accorded authority and status by their peers or the public in a specific well-distinguished domain. (Wikipedia)

I can with ‘good’ skills  demonstrate blogs (WordPress customizations, HTML/PHP programming, MySQL databases, Transparent alpha layer and image editing), micro-bloging (twitter, tweet deck, hash-tag folksonomy), social bookmarking (Delicious, Diigo), RSS feeds (Google reader) and online collaboration (webinar, wikipedia, Dropbox, Google docs) etc.

I have since week one in eci831 started a project with a ‘new’ form of online learning based on the application supplied by Issuu.  If you remember the Daily Prophet in the movie Harry Potter, this will give you an idea of where I’m heading.  This is also part of my participation in the Creativity and Multicultural Communication MOOC.  The vision is to use Pixlr to aggregate a picture collage that visually demonstrate a topic and after it has been converted to an Issuu webzine there will be a voiceover and links included.  The screen cast will then become a video presentation on ‘You Tube’, but this can also be used fore a synchronous live session.  In the first issue I will include:  Introduction (Digital Identity, Networked Learning), EC&I – Fall 2011 (Learning Network, Community vs. Collective) and Autonomy (Personal Learner, Digital Resident).  You can find a preview here, but soon the final version will be ready!