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I Barely Escaped!

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Chocolate espresso breakfast buns with caramel icing, almond flower croissants, very berry deep dish pie….I’m lucky I got out of the Fresh Market this morning without weighing an additional 20 lbs.  I escaped with some delicious looking plums, beets and almond butter.  I’m going to just eat the plum out of hand, but I’m roasting the beets for a late lunch.  I  can eat the almond butter on toast for breakfast.  Mmmmmmm.

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To Do List

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Must get a decent picture for my header. 

Think of a recipe to post

Study study study

MOOC! MOOC! MOOC!

Why Did I Wait So Long to Blog?

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The main reason I finally started a blog is that I have enrolled in my first ever MOOC.   What is that? Well a MOOC could be a lot of things.  I used an acronym generator and it came up with “Morbid Oddity, Oblivious to Crapulence,” and a different one displayed “Maroon Oath Orgasm Counter.”  Those are pretty good phrases, but in this case, MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Course.  Essentially, it is an online course that is free and open to anyone.  You can participate however you like.  The purpose, as I understand it, from watching the videos of the course facilitators, is to build network connections from engaging with fellow participants.  We are building our own knowledge base.

I watched Harvey Reingold’s interview of George Siemens and I was struck by several things.  I like the notion of the learning experience continuing after the course is over.  I am fortunate in that I work in a great learning environment and I am learning all of the time with my co-workers/fellow graduate students.  Hopefully I will forge new connections with people from all over the world who are interested in education.

This will be the first time I have participated in a non linear course.  I think it will be a good test.  I have never thought of myself as a control freak but I do like to manage things.  So here is a course that will have so much content that I won’t be able to consume it.  I appreciate the warning from the course facilitators.

Mostly I like the idea of taking charge of my own learning.  I think this is an important idea.  I get to pick and choose what I want to get out of it.  Maybe this is the ultimate control?

Lastly, I’m interested in connectivism as a learning theory.  I’ll be honest, I’m not quite sure as to its status. Is it a learning theory? Is it a knowledge management system? Is it a pedagogical approach?  I’m sure I’ll gain new understanding on this and many other things.  Here I go!

#change11

Hello World!

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I felt like I should title my blog “Hello World!”  I did some computer programming about a million years ago and that was my first program.

I am starting this blog for several reasons.

Firstly, I just want to learn about blogging.  What better way than to actually just start blogging!  Many of my posts will be on my research and personal interests and I hope to get feedback from anyone who reads it.  I have spent a lot of time reading cooking blogs.  I love Smitten Kitchen, Pioneer Woman Cooks, and David Lebovitz among many others.  Perhaps part of my blog could be devoted to sharing recipes and writing about food.

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