Not ten minutes ago, I disengaged my fully immersed brain from the sea of #etmchat postings.
It was my first Twitter chat. Ever.
My eyes are bugging out of my head.
I have tweet overload.
I tried to prepare, really I did!
I had my work BB following @etmooc to make sure I was catching the Questions.
I had my home BB to use to catch when someone RT’d me or specifically mentioned me in the chat stream.
I used Tweetchat.com on my laptop to follow the #etmchat stream.
So what did I learn from tonight?
1. Participating in this chat was like swimming – I chose when to jump in, how far to swim in, and when to rest on shore and observe.
2. My methods for swimming, observing, participating were … unwieldy. But it’s what I know (handhelds, laptop), with one new addition (Tweetchat.com).
3. To address #2 above, I will simultaneously answer #etmooc’s Question 4b from tonight: What will I do to improve my digital literacy in #etmooc? Explore Tweetdeck and Hootsuite! Find ways to swim in the #etmchat that make it more enjoyable! …not that tonight wasn’t enjoyable.
Two questions stand out in my mind from tonight:
One question was posed by … gotta check my tweets … @IaninSheffield … about the effect RTs have on a Twitter chat. As a complete newbie to the Twitter chat world, if I think a bit about my own reaction to the RTs, they actually provided my overwhelmed eyeballs with a brain break. Ahh, it’s repeated info. I’m not missing something new. But then I started wondering about the subtle influence of other people’s choice of what to repeat on my mind. I started noticing what (and who) was RT’d. Noticed myself intentionally trying not to notice what/who was RT’d. (why? save that for after my brain recovers from tonight!)
Second question I have from tonight’s experience … what is it that I have truly learned from tonight as a first-time Twitter chatter? How my online presence can very quickly become something out-of-hand if I’m not careful. I felt a bit guilty shushing the dogs and family (“trying to follow the chat! three devices going! stress! augh!”). That guilt is partly because of my methods for swimming in the chat stream (see above for how I’ll try to fix that and reduce guilt!). But what else did I learn from this chat? Were the questions posed by #etmooc all that deep and profound? (were they meant to be?) I am left wondering whether the questions posed seemed big/cumbersome because they were designed to allow for lots of variety in response or because there are over 1600 #etmooc participants and getting down to details isn’t what MOOCs are about or because the details are in the individual chats within the bigger MOOC stream? Yeah, that last one’s probably it.
The classroom “keener” in me wants guidance. A checklist. Assignment #1 due at this time on this day. Feedback.
The ethereal theoreticist in me says “suck it up, buttercup”, MOOCs are what you make them. Or that’s what I’m told.
Enough blogging for tonight. Gotta return to flesh-and-blood people in my life and save the #etmooc deeper thinking for another post.