Friday, October 4, 2013

Metacognition & Information in New Contexts

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In the Metaliteracy MOOC I'm playing around with how I record my responses to the information presented to us by the facilitators. Writing longform blog posts does not appear to be my go-to preference; interestingly, tweeting my way through the MOOC Talks, or even some of the text-based readings, is working out better for me. This is ironic for me because I'm experiencing the talks asynchronously--so, not live, but via recording after-the-fact, due to the fact that I am always spending time with Bookie during the live session times and not at the office yet. It's ironic because tweeting through a talk is usually done to participate in the live backchannel during an event, and I'm not experiencing the information live. I'm still finding it the best way to record my ideas, though, so I'll probably stick with it.

I'm also finding myself wanting to return not only to the Twitter feed for the #metaliteracy hashtag in general, but also to my own tweets on the talks and readings I've worked through so far. I do this a lot--reread my own writing on a topic, so as to process the information further. (I'm a hyper rereader.) It's getting more and more difficult to go find my tweets in this manner though, since some are from talks and readings that are already a few weeks old. So, as an experiment that aims to solve this problem, and also get my blog back into the MOOC conversation, here below are all of my tweets from Char Booth's MOOC Talk from September 18th (watched by me on September 20th), titled Metacognition: A Literacy of Awareness. This was a series of tweets I definitely wanted to preserve for future reference, so they make a good test case to see if documenting my MOOC participation in this manner is useful, to me or anyone else. Here they are:

It's always interesting to see bits and bytes of information in new this case, tweets transposed and reordered in this blog environment.

If you're a MOOC participant and you actually read or skimmed through this post and are still reading, let me pose the following question:

What's it like reading a stream of tweets in chronological order as opposed to reverse chronological order as they appear in their native environment on Twitter? What's gained and what's lost? Anything else interesting about experiencing 140-character tweets in the blog environment? [Do also feel free to respond to the actual content of any of my tweets as well, though in true metaliterate fashion, I'm just as interested in how the presentation of this information affects its meaning, as I am in the information itself.]

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