Why am I here?
I am here to practice and reflect upon connectivism. My name is Arthur Oglesby (aka @ARTiFactor). In 2012 (The Year of the MOOC) I changed my learning focus from being a webmaster to mastering the web. Howard Rheingold’s book, NetSmart, recommended networking within communities of like minded others. I first practiced this in #OLDSMOOC (Open Learning Design Studio MOOC) where I declared “I wish to design learning environments which empower learners to thrive”.
Open should consider handicaps like being blind, deaf, or illiterate. Literacy includes how to use technology, accessing internet, how to find resources, and knowing what to do when you don’t know what to do.
It is hard to connect if you don’t know where or when the party is happening. Even if you do, you may not participate if you don’t feel welcome (lurking mode safer). I find that Twitter hashtags like #openedmooc can function as a bulletin board directing the community to distributed content.