Frances Bell

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Starting Networked Scholarship MOOC #scholar14

I am feeling slightly nervous as I write this post. I have a few other introductory posts to MOOCS that I started and didn’t finish but this one WILL be different.
I have enrolled at , completed my profile, posted my introductory message and had a look at who has joined and why.
It’s my first time using Canvas, and though it has a slightly Blackboard – like feel, I note one feature that is different. The clickable link on a name leads to their profile (not their email as at Blackboard). That prompted me to cut and paste the relevant parts from my intro message into my profile. I hope others complete their profiles, as I suspect they could be visited much more than the introductory thread.
I am going to get really good value out of my intro message by posting it here too:

Retirement from HE (I was a Senior Lecturer at Salford Business School) has given me a refreshingly different perspective on networked scholarship and informal learning with technology.

Losing access to digital libraries, my Google Scholar page not appearing in search, loss of Web presence via institutional page have all made me think about what it means to be a scholar without affiliation. I am learning more about informal learning and networking independent of work – associated events. I know I will learn from you all.
Oh, and by the way, I love textile crafts and gardening.

I have been thinking about my goals for this MOOC and I hope to share them soon but, more importantly, to see the goals of others to work out how we can help each other get the most from #scholar14.
For week 1 of this course, my participation is enabled/limited by being on a road trip in our motor home with only my phone and limited wifi. I am sure that I can still connect to other participants.


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francesbell • October 21, 2014

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  1. Chrissi Nerantzi October 21, 2014 - 10:02 am Reply

    Hi Frances, Lovely to read this post and pleased I am not on my own in this. Also, didn’t have much success with MOOCs so far… I am sure it is me… It is also interesting that we reach out to the people we know. I think they can become useful hooks to keep us going. I hope our little group will be useful and help us keep going and learning.

    Speak again soon,
    ps. Your motor home looks fab!

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