I have just completed month two of my sabbatical! The first few weeks were spent decompressing and working on a much needed kitchen renovation— basic life stuff. Then I got busy with my long list of goals for the sabbatical—one of which was to take a MOOC (massive open online course).
My last semester teaching at MICA I worked with a group to develop hybrid courses (part online and part traditional classroom). I was able to put this course to practice last fall while teaching at Towson and after teaching online I wondered what it was like on the other side of the digital chalkboard so I signed up for a MOOC and then I impulse enrolled in a second one!
The possibilities of online education have interested me for a while. After running Parade School, I began to imagine an online forum for professional development for working artists to learn skills and share critical dialogue about their practice in parades and puppetry.
One of the most exciting parts of the MOOC is its MASSIVENESS—there are students enrolled from all across the globe, which provides amazing possibilities for collaborations. I was invited by the virtual public artist Vanessa Blaylock to contribute to a blog created to “foster a conversation with artist-scholars” beyond the course. I just posted my first contribution in response to a new “online studio” that launched this week as part of the course.
Stay tuned for more postings—another of my sabbatical goals was to be more active on this blog.