So far, I’ve taken eleven MOOCs that explore different aspects of educational technology; all of them have helped me gain knowledge and skills that support my professional and scholarly activities.For example, in 2014 I took two edX MOOCs that caught my interest: Design and Development of Educational Technologyand Design and Development of Games for Learning, both from MITx. Design and Development of Educational Technology helped me explore and better understand EdTech theories such as constructivism, constructionism, teaching for understanding, active learning, collaborative learning, and design based research.
Introduction to Game Design helped me to better understand the fundamentals of game design that I learned in a previous gamification MOOC and that I’ve applied in my job.In 2015, I plan to take two additional edX MOOCs related to EdTech: Design and Development of Games for Learning, and Implementation and Evaluation of Educational Technology. My expectation is to continue building knowledge as a scholar-practitioner and to contribute with my experience and research to the MOOCs debate.
For those interested in the pursuit of knowledge as part of their daily lives, the MOOCs from edX offer an excellent opportunity to access quality content from elite universities; to improve knowledge and skills through free e-learning courses; to engage, participate and learn with a global audience, and to bridge the opportunity gap that has been limited to those who have had the economical advantage of attending college.
As an Ed.D. student, I can see the impact that MOOCs will bring to our society in the near future and the great benefits that edX offers at no cost. I invite you to embark in a learning adventure that can open new opportunities in your life. I’m sure that you will enjoy it as much as I do!Read Ramon’s blog of observations on the future of MOOCs, and follow him on Twitter.