It has been a while since my last post. I know, it’s a lame excuse, but something that is worth mentioning. I had just read through the comments on the #openlearning18 Twitter chat and saw how others have had the same blog dying-on-the-vine experience. Why blogs get old, at least for me, has a lot to do with the work I do. I am an instructional designer, and have been one for close to 10 years now. As I grad student, I saw how a blog could help with potential employers by showcasing my work and deep thinking. Once I had a solid career, a blog became less important.
There is a another reason to blog that goes beyond being a fancy resume. It is a way to contribute knowledge to the world or at least provide some perspective. Academics and researchers have an obligation to share their work, but not everyone has access (or the desire to get published in academic journals). As a partial academic, I tend to showcase work at conferences. Its a nice way to share ideas without having to try to publish, and for many careers in education technology, its a perfect way to share work products with a larger audience.
With that, I see the #openlearning18 cMooc as an opportunity to network with other professionals who are involved in higher education instructional design and technology. My goal is to participate as much as I can. A nudge always helps like this one from Gardner Campbell after I attended his session at the ELI conference a couple weeks ago. I never formally met Gardner, but have been inspired by his presentations.