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Lisa Fletcher

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  • 3 reviews
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This course really opened up a whole new world to me. The lecturer was engaging and videos were short and snappy, whilst being rich in useful information. I enjoyed the practical components of the course - weekly mapping assignments which built my confidence in using digital mapping tools to tell compelling stories. The discussion board was both lively and friendly, with the lecturer playing a very active role in discussions. I've completed three MOOCs so far, and this has been the best yet!
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This was my first MOOC and my first introduction to the topic of gamification. The course content and lecturer were really engaging. Mid-lecture you could be sent off to play an online game as a way of understanding a different aspect of a topic - what better way to learn about scaffolding than by playing Plants vs Zombies!? The quizzes and exam helped me to remember the course content. The written assignments enabled you to be creative whilst applying the theory. It was useful to learn what motivates different people, and the importance of fun!
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I have been interested in digital culture and e-learning for a long time, and when I saw this course offered was quick to sign up. It was different to what I expected, quite theoretical in the course content (I was expecting more practical content about how to create e-learning platforms etc) but it really stretched my way of thinking about things. I enjoyed the weekly curated videos and reading content, which were a really refreshing change from the usual lecture-style videos. My favorite aspect of the course was that we could create photos/videos/digital stories for the assignments. I took photos and created a mash-up in Mozilla's Popcorn Maker - way more satisfying than a quiz or written assignment (for me anyway!). Another great aspect of the course was how active the participants were on Twitter and other social media. It made me feel like I really was in an enormous virtual classroom with students from around the world.