Week 1: Assignment 1 Present yourself

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After browsing the introductory material you are ready for the first assignment.

Purpose

In the first activity we invite you to present yourself.

Task

Post the information as a comment to this page.

  • Write some lines about you (and your discipline / area of work).
  • Tell us about your expectations into the MOOC Camp and how you like the first impression of our MOOC.
  • It would be interesting to know about your learning experiences as well. How do you like to learn? How should a nice learning environment look like?

Interaction

Read the comments of other participants and ask for further information if you are interested into something specific.

Some backstage information: The schema of this assignment is based on the approach of Gilly Salmon’s e-tivities which we find very useful for online activities. 

 

63 Comments

  1. Irena Valantine

    Hello everybody,
    Write some lines about you (and your discipline / area of work)
    I am from Kaunas and already for the 15 years work at the Lithuanian Sports University (previously Lithuanians Academy of Physical Education) I have few duties at the university but the main one is Professor position, then Head of the Bachelor study programme “Sport Industries”. I also teach sport managers under the Olympic Solidarity Programme. As the Head of the research group I personally work on the topic of Dual Career. At the university I am coordinating and teaching in the modules Leadership, Sport and Tourism Management, Integrated Business Case and Organisational Development.
    Tell us about your expectations into the MOOC Camp and how you like the first impression of our MOOC.
    I like innovations and not afraid to try something different and not usual 
    It would be interesting to know about your learning experiences as well. How do you like to learn? How should a nice learning environment look like?
    I like well structured systems for learning. Less of text material is better as I mostly remember from pictures or videos. I hope MOOC will be “friendly system” to use.

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  2. Roberto Vecchione

    Hi everyone I’m Roberto Vecchione and I come from Italy. Live in Rome. I work at an institution to promote sports. I am a webmaster and I am in charge of communications. I am very attracted to this experience. I really like to see the comments and thoughts of other colleagues. They are the first online learning experience and I would like to know more

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  3. Lili

    Hi Everyone,
    my name is Lili and a few words about me:
    I live in Budapest, I work in different business fields, focusing on marketing and business development. I try to pass on my experiences to students at the PE and share with partners in professional sports.
    My first impressions:
    I agree with approach of MOOC Camp very much. Learning via networking is getting more and more important. It is open for everyone. Its structure is clear, simple, practical and focused, it is easy to understand. In my opinion it is important to get a view on topics from different aspects and with different tools. I think it is an important advantage of MOOC
    How do I like to learn:
    at the beginning of discovering the concept and introductory material of MOOC I have learned alone. I agree with Elizabeta, who wrote: “It seems to me that the MOOC will provide me a platform for both reading alone and discussing with others”. I convinced that both forms are important and useful.

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  4. Bence

    Good morning everyone, last but not least, I managed to start it off properly!

    My name is Bence and I was born in Hungary, but moved to Austria when I was 6 years old. Since then I lived in Sweden and I’m currently in the Netherlands. Although I come from a sports background as a coach and trainer, I graduated as a lower secondary school teacher. I started working in e-Learning through Mahara e-Portfolio projects and later in general school development with e-Learning. Right now I’m about to finish an eEducation MA at the FernUni Hagen and an Applied Linguistics MA here at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, and I currently also work in the E-Learning and Web-Support Center at the Ferdinand Porsche Distance University of Applied Sciences, so my main area of work has been e-Learning in general, and from school level to university.

    I’m not sure what I really do expect out of this, because it is the first MOOC I actually “attend” or “enroll to”, so I’m pretty open when it comes to that! My first impressions are that it is nicely set up and well done with this simple WordPress structure, and I’m looking forward to diving deeper into the whole procedure and communication.

    Learning is a tough questions, because for me it really depends on the goal that has been set, or the outcome that is expected. I’m not entirely sure many people know how they really like to learn, because the school and education system mostly drills people to achieve good grades and therefore focus on tests, exams and similar things. But that is why I think it is especially important and interesting to experience new things and try out learning mechanisms, like a MOOC. So I’m looking forward to reflect about the work here and gaining more experience in the field of online-learning.

    An online-learning environment should look and feel natural I think. Just because it happens via the internet and computers, it does not mean that it should not be a personal experience for every learner. I think it should feel welcoming and comfortable for the learners, be it with videos, photos, colors etc. whatever could work should be implemented.

    Reply
    1. Jutta Pauschenwein (Post author)

      Welcome Bence, I’m looking forward to your comments as e-learning expert 🙂

      Reply
  5. Tomas

    Good evening everyone,
    My name is Tomas, probably I will be the last who will jump to this first week MOOC training experience.
    Now couple lines about me. I am Living in Vilnius (Lithuania). Currently working in Lithuanian union of sport federations, as a project coordinator. My background is related with non-formal learning and startups. Previously I work in ICT association and science and technology parks. Mainly my work was with students and business representatives, in co-creation and entrepreneurship projects as facilitator, responsibilities included: creation of technological innovations in business, evaluation of ideas, potential competition and adaptation to market needs, business growth, business management and development.
    Regard experience with MOOC, I didn’t had any, it is new thing for me. My first impression is that it is good platform of knowledge sharing as well as learning. Though these tree weeks I would like to know about this tool more, because I don’t have any experience with any online learning platforms. What I like up till now that it is possible to do assignments during certain time, this gives flexibility and more convenient time planning. Also, you can see other colleague’s thoughts and views on certain things.
    Have a nice new week everyone,
    Tomas

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  6. Andrea Landauf

    Hi everybody,
    I completely agree with Marlene on „better late than never“.
    My name is Andrea and I live in Graz. I am an English teacher at the BG Weiz and at the FH Joanneum. As a teacher at the FH I am lucky because I had the chance to participate with my students in the first Mooc of the FH.
    Ever since then I have been fascinated with this topic and also about the possibility to 1) create my own MOOC and 2) to use MOOCs for secondary and tertiary education. This is also the course why I am here. I have participated in a few MOOCs but I am interested how MOOCs look from the teacher side.
    My first impression of this MOOC environment looks very well structured and welcoming. I think it’s also easier to find your way round when you have already participated in a few MOOCs, especially if the MOOCs are from the same teachers. Then the structure becomes familiar to you. 
    I am looking forward to getting to know more about you! 
    Andrea

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    1. Jutta Pauschenwein (Post author)

      Hi Andrea, yeah, it’s funny how we get used to the structures our teachers are using …. or MOOC providers 😉

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  7. Captain Elizabeta

    About me:
    I am living in Graz. In my first career I studied business administration and I have been working in the Controlling and Management of a big multinational company for over 10 years. After this period I searched for new challenges and fields of interest. I worked for some years in International Development Cooperation before I started with the Master’s program in EU Project and Public Management. In my second career I am working for the University of Applied Sciences in managing European projects and I am supervising students.

    First impressions of our MOOC:
    I like the design and the composition of the MOOC Camp very much. Anyway in the beginning of my learning activities in the MOOC I felt a little lost but this feeling disappeared pretty quickly. I enjoyed browsing on the MOOC Camp website and searching for information, reading interesting texts and experiences as well as and commenting posts. I feel comfortable in this for me new learning environment. I expect that there will be more discussions between learners in the next weeks.

    How do I like to learn:
    In the beginning I like to learn alone to get a general idea. After this first phase I like to learn from discussions on the topic with others (learners, teachers …). It seems to me that the MOOC will provide me a platform for both reading alone and discussing with others. In addition I like the flexibility in time and place and the international environment.

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  8. Marlene

    Hello!
    Better late than never….;-)

    Write some lines about you (and your discipline / area of work).

    I have a PhD in linguistics and social and cultural anthropology and I teach English Linguistics and TEFL at a university. I also coordinate and co-develop online courses for continuous professional development for teachers and pre-service teachers in Austria. I am currently working on a larger publication on teaching the five language skills with digital competencies in tertiary education.

    Tell us about your expectations into the MOOC Camp and how you like the first impression of our MOOC.

    I am interested in the ‘skeleton’ of a MOOC. How to design, how to set up and how to run a MOOC – all with a pedagogic eye.
    My first impression is that it is not that easy to find my way around. There is the main page, which seems to be used for blog entries by the two MOOC convenors. Via a link called ‘content’, it is possible to enter the MOOC but for me the structure and where to find the material and where the assignments is not clear yet. I miss buttons saying ‘Week 1’ – ‘Materials’ – Assignment 1′ which I can see all the time when I am in ‘week 1’ so that getting back to Materials and Assignment 2 quickly without clicking too much is possible. I need visual structure and that’s why I have not got the hang of it 100%.

    It would be interesting to know about your learning experiences as well. How do you like to learn? How should a nice learning environment look like?

    I might have answered parts of this question in my previous answer. I need transparency and structure. I like a variety of input.

    Reply
    1. Jutta Pauschenwein (Post author)

      Yes, Marlene, we are using a blog platform (wordpress) – and with posts on the main page we shape / accompany the MOOC process.

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  9. Tanja

    Hello, my name is Tanja, I am from Slovenia and I work at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of sport. I’m a psychologist and I teach psychological subjects and am in assistant in some classes of sociology of sport.
    I also work a lot as a sport psychologist, helping top athletes with their psychological preparation.
    I sort of “fell” into this MOOC, so I have no clear expectations, so let+’s see where it goes:)

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    1. Jutta Pauschenwein (Post author)

      Welcome Tanja 🙂

      Reply
  10. antonella trombetta

    Hallo everybody,
    my name is Antonella and I work as a research officer at the Dept. of Medical Sciences, University of Torino.
    I’m 46 years old I’m married and I have 2 kids.
    Since 2013 I worked as a reasearcher in biomedical field. I’m graduated in biological sciences and I have a PhD in experimental and molecular pathology. I’ve published more than 30 scientific paper as a coauthor.
    Now I’m trying to help other scientist to find money for their research. One of theese is Corrado that involved me in this new exiting AtLETyC advenure. I hope that MOOC will help me to expand my way and attidute of teaching, learning and communicate.
    Antonella

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    1. Thomas Sommerer

      Hi Antonella, nice to have you here! 🙂

      Reply
  11. Tamas

    Hello Everyone, (if you cannot be first, try to be the last…)

    Exciting to see so many different people at once, having some similar interests.

    I am a sociologist (mainly of sport) working as an associate professor at the University of P.E. in Budapest. I have been involved in research and teaching at the university (mainly theoretical, “Sociology of …” subjects to students of P.E., sports management, recreation, health promotion) for about 10 years. I have some experience with international projects and conferences and it is always fascinating for me to learn about other countries and contexts, which is something I will be able to do here at this MOOC camp as well.

    My first impressions are positive, because the atmosphere is also positive and encouraging, It’s never easy to find time, but this way of learning is still more feasible than anything else. I still need to find the focus for myself, but I guess I have time for that and already asking myself the question is a step forward…

    As for my way of learning, I’m used to reading alone – a lot 🙂 other than that, I think I can always learn something from pretty much every conversation I have, with friends, with students, with colleagues.

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    1. Thomas Sommerer

      Maybe this is the typical learning approach of sociologists, reading alone a lot, haha 🙂 (I’ve studied sociology as well, so I can relate to that).

      Of course it is oftentimes difficult to find time for new learning endeavors, but I think MOOCs are a pretty good enviroment to create your own learning-time structure.

      Best regards,
      Thomas

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    2. Tanja

      Hello Tamas, it seems you’re not going to be the last after all:)

      Reply
  12. Chiara

    Hello everybody!
    I’m Chiara and I a student of the University of Torino (Turin, Italy). I’m very curios of the MOOC learning process becouse I’m preparing an undergraduate thesis focused on the elearning proposals in the Italian universities.

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    1. Thomas Sommerer

      Hi Chiara,
      I’ve added you the learners list, but this here is actually the forum for the first assignment 😉
      So you can go ahead and post your first assignment here as well 🙂
      Best regards,
      Thomas

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  13. Valeria Gherardini

    Hello, I am a project manager experienced in third sector and sport field projects. I have been working for a while as a researcher in social policy sector and I am “fond of” evaluation of effectiveness/efficiency, measurements and team building processes. As AICS Manager I am especially involved in international networks in the field of sport, social policies and culture.

    Regarding my first experience into the MOOC I expect to be guided (!) to discover the opportunities that this online tool can provide to learners, in order to see if this could be a suitable and effective tool for Atletyc Project objectives, but also for other projects in the future for my organisations and for networks we could strenghten through Atletyc. Moreover I expect to discover something I do not expect now, thanks to the help of the coordinators but also (perhaps especially) to the committment of the other participants, I’m very keen to read the posted comments!

    About my learning experiences, well I am used both to didactic teaching (at school in Italy, at least in the past, we were used to the role of the teacher as the expert, with the students being receptors) and to a more interactive learning experience (in recent years we have been using learning methods more oriented on sharing experiences/contents), therefore I am curious about the MOOC experience and I would like now to look through the crystal ball to see what kind of final comment I and the other learners will do at the end of this MOOC! In fact as far as I read/watched till now freedom and responsibility can be a special combination through the MOOC and this is a topic I am especially curious about.

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    1. Thomas Sommerer

      Hi Valeria,
      I think MOOCs follow rather the idea of sharing experiences instead of a top-down didactical approach – but of course it depends on the MOOC creators. But yes, freedom and responsibility are very important in this learning form!
      Best regards,
      Thomas

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  14. Aela

    Hello everyone,

    I am currently employed as an Expert Associate at the International Cooperation Office at the Faculty of Sport and Physical Education, or just to keep it short, mostly I work on international projects and I love it!!
    However, by occupation I am a Graduate Professor of English Language and Literature, so defining my area of work is a combination of Linguistics, Translations, Project Administration, Writing Project Proposals, International Conferences and Symposiums, and so on….

    I have many expectations regarding this MOOC camp, specifically because I believe that it is a wonderful tool for Blended Learning Approach, something I have often written about in project applications, but never actually experienced it myself. So imagine my excitement!!

    My first impression of MOOC is that it is a very user friendly learning platform, with enough time to complete all of your assignments, no rush, no pressure, which is a very important segment for me.
    The previous paragraph also briefly describes my learning pattern. I also like visualization and tend to learn the best when working with others, as a part of a team.

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    1. Thomas Sommerer

      Hi Aela, it’s always nice to get from theoretical to practical, so we can relate to your excitement!
      I also think that MOOC is a good way for a blended learning approach, because it’s open but it has also a certain specific structure.
      Best regards,
      Thomas

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  15. Husnija Kajmovic

    I am employed at the Faculty of Sport and Physical Education, University of Sarajevo as a full professor in the scientific field of Combat Sports. Currently holds the position of vice-dean for science. I realized Erasmus Mundus Basileus V Action project and International coaching certificate enrichment program organized by Olympic Solidarity, Olympic Committee of the United States and the University of Delaware. Any additional information about me you can see in my ResearchGate profile: Husnija Kajmovic.
    I have a feeling that your approach different compared to my experience in the past, and for that reason my first impressions are very positive. I’d like to try all ways of learning, and one of them is MOOC and environment that I prefer when learning is that it is a friendly.

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    1. Thomas Sommerer

      Hallo Husnija, good that you like your first MOOC impressions 🙂
      Best regards,
      Thomas

      Reply
  16. wolfix

    Hi everyone,
    I am working at FH JOANNEUM in Graz/Austria as an IT- technician. My task is to maintain the central Moodle Learning platform for the university. A further task is to adapt all interfaces to fit to the existing IT-infrastructure. The service is hosted at a virtual machine with Debian OS and use a PostgreSQL database.
    My exceptions for this course is to learn about all aspects to perform a MOOC.
    My leaning method is to make friendship with the topic of leaning. If you are really interested in the subject, you are more motivated and engaged. So learn to be a friend with your leaning goals.

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    1. Thomas Sommerer

      Hey wolfix,
      of course motivation is basis for a learning success – so good to see that you’re motivated to learn about MOOCs. 🙂
      BR Thomas

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  17. Paolo Brustio

    Hallo everybody!!

    – Write some lines about you (and your discipline / area of work).

    I’m a post doc at the University of Torino (Turin, Italy). My main research topic areas are in the field of Motor Science, in particular the study of changes in motor and cognitive function occurring during the aging and physical training to promote well-being in older adults. Actually I teach “Base of Movement” and “Volleyball” at the first level degree related to “Sport and Movement Science” and I have just started working on “Student-athletes dual career” topics.

    – Tell us about your expectations into the MOOC Camp and how you like the first impression of our MOOC.

    MOOC is new for me and I have no experience about it, but I expect a new way of learning and teaching, as well as how to develop a MOOC. I will do my best to explore it.

    – It would be interesting to know about your learning experiences as well. How do you like to learn? How should a nice learning environment look like?

    I had a” classical” university education (i.e. traditional lesson), but also practical lessons about the Motor Science field.
    I believe that a constructive dialogue is indispensable in the learning process if this is not too dispersive. I think that a learning approach with people from different countries and different academic backgrounds may be useful for this propose.

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    1. Thomas Sommerer

      Hi Paolo!
      Thanks for your input, now you’ve already taken your first steps in a MOOC. 😉

      Best regards,
      Thomas

      Reply
  18. Wolfgang

    Challenge #1… Can I delete a post in case I have pressed a wrong button? I accidentally did a new post instead of a reply.

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    1. Thomas Sommerer

      Hey Wolfgang, I can delete a post for you – Do you want to delete the post below?
      BR Tom

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  19. Wolfgang

    On http://www.kada.co.at/kada-sport-with-prospects/ one can find a very brief English introduction to the organisation KADA.

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  20. Giedre Gudaityte

    Hello everybody!

    1)I am sorry I am late to present myself! I am e-learning specialist in Lithuania Sport university and I am responsible for administration of distance studies in this University. I holds BBA in Bachalor of sports recreation and tourism and MSc in Sport and tourism management. I am focus on new media, videos and their planning, creating, editing and publication. Also I am a younger researher and the main plan on next year is to start PHd studies is sport management field. My research interest, include innovation in sport management, economic and new metodology of sport event planning and organising. For the more I am a lecture in Lithuania sport University and I use moodle system like a databse for my lecture materials. I agree that moodle system is very good way for distance studies in my university, but i am intresting for new e learning system for distance studies development in my university.
    2) I was heard about MOOCS earlier, but I didin’t found a way how i can to learn how to use it. So now is the first time when I am using this system. Realy it is very good way for distance studies development in my university and I hope that I get a lot of knowledge and experience, which I can share for my students and colleagues in my University.

    3) My favorite way to learn is in distance way. I like to analyze not only theoretical material but also and video lecture and web material. For the more i am intresting to discuss for the different topics in online forum and sharing information. So generally I can say that MOOCS is the one of the best way to share information and get it.

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    1. Jutta Pauschenwein (Post author)

      Hi, you’re not late at all! It’s only the second day in our MOOC 🙂 Nice that you focus on new media and videos 🙂 this is helpful for building a MOOC, bye, Jutta

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  21. Jasmin

    Hello everybody!!!

    1) I’m working as Project Coordinator at the Olympic Committee of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Last 10 years, I was involved in implementation of numerous international projects basically related to reform of higher education and improvement of sport system in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

    2) Actually, I had some experience regarding MOOC and I’m pretty sure that it would be great and nice expirience for everyone on this MOOC Camp.

    3) Due to lack of time, I prefer e-learning methods of studying so I assume that MOOC system is something which I’ll often use in future education and work.

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    1. Thomas Sommerer

      Hi Jasmin,
      thanks for your input. I know that lack of time is often a problem, but E-Learning can be time consuming as well, but you have looser structures and time frames, what makes Online-Learning maybe easier. 🙂

      Best regards,
      Thomas

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  22. Corrado

    Hello everyone

    – Write some lines about you (and your discipline / area of work):

    I’m a researcher at the University of Torino (Turin, Italy) and I teach “Aquatic Sports” (swimming, water polo, saving, etc.) at the first level university degree related to the Sport and Movement Sciences. My main research topic areas are “Performance analysis and training monitoring in team sports/situational sports” as well as “Student-athletes’ dual career aspects in Europe (and particularly in Italy)”. Then, I spend a lot of time to care about University policies such as the students’ apprenticeships planning, relationships between the Sport and Movement course and the labor market, planning of the subjects into the courses related to the Sport and Movement Sciences.

    – Tell us about your expectations into the MOOC Camp and how you like the first impression of our MOOC:

    I’m approaching this new frontier in terms of communication and learning/teaching for the first time, so I’m really curious of this process.

    – It would be interesting to know about your learning experiences as well. How do you like to learn? How should a nice learning environment look like?

    Even though I don’t familiarize with MOOC yet, however I think that the participation of several people in this process could generate too dispersive materials which potentially limit the average understanding (with respect to a traditional subject treatment which usually goes on from a general topic to more specific ones). Therefore, from my point of view, the presence of moderators/experts that help and rationally organize the teaching materials is essential for the general objective of MOOC: learning.

    My best regards to all of you,
    Corrado

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    1. Thomas Sommerer

      Hi Corrado,
      nice that you’re here and explore the MOOC platform! 🙂
      Of course it is a challange to have a lot of learners in an enviroment like this, but there is a course structure with contents and assignments which should lead each learner to an self-directed learning behavior and success as well – but of course moderators are indispensable here: that’s why we also have the video chat to summarize the most important issues of the week, that may have come up.

      Best regards,
      Thomas

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  23. Judit

    Hello to All,

    a) My area of work is reporting to authorities about how the university and its study programmes are in correspondence with the needs of the labour market in the sport sector. Simple questions from the natl. accreditation committee have opened my eyes many years ago and made me understand that 1) sports organisations are not able to tell what competences and qualifications they need 2) training providers are not able to keep up with the needs of the new generations. My objective is to shake up colleagues who plan+teach (I also used to) and help them in many ways, including direct their attention to e-learning and MOOC.

    b) First impression of our MOOC: good the layout!! I like different-size letters, very short lines. THAT MAKES A BIG DIFFERENCE! EASY TO PROCESS the info – well done!
    No expectations, just exploring.

    c) When I was younger and single, circumstances used to matter. Now with a family, kids any environment makes it. I also learn faster since I am under time pressure – just like elite athletes are.

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    1. Thomas Sommerer

      Hi Judit,
      your area of work sounds exciting – it seems there is a lot of change happening in your field!
      And thanks for the compliment for the layout 🙂 I am also convinced, that a good layout can make a difference for the learning expirience.
      Best regards,
      Thomas

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  24. Nedim Covic

    Hello everyone, hope we have an awesome experience in MOOC camp
    Some brief discussion for ass. No 1.

    a) Write some lines about you (and your discipline / area of work).
    Well, first of all I was born in Sarajevo (Bosnian Capital city) along time ago (they say some 28 years ago but do not trust them :)). Faculty of Sport and Physical Education from Sarajevo is my house at which I spend working hours as assistant in education process. Beside I help at Institute of Sport, mostly referred to research implementation and developing my research skills. I am PhD student. Professionally I am oriented to education, teaching and researching in sports medicine, strength and conditioning and project implementation. Used to be a dissent track and field athlete. NOT MARRIED 🙂

    b)Tell us about your expectations into the MOOC Camp and how you like the first impression of our MOOC.
    MOOC should provide us with motivation to create new ideas, combine us in a great network and to teach valuable things in a non conventional way. Firstly, I was a bit scared since the time frame of camp does not fit my time frame at all. But I wish to get best from MOOC and the best thing is that schedule of sessions is time flexible, so it should not be a problems. Previously, I had some experiences in e learning but not in a way that MOOC works.

    c) It would be interesting to know about your learning experiences as well. How do you like to learn? How should a nice learning environment look like?
    My favorite way to learn is by visualization since I have photographic memory. so any kind of picture, video, graph and figure has advantage over “dry learning”. Usually I learn at any occasion since I only memories keywords as picture. Ideal learning environment is any place that is peaceful, without interruptions with constant flow of information based on experiences.

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    1. Jutta Pauschenwein (Post author)

      Hi Nedim, I hope as well for an awesome learning experience 🙂 Not married … so are you looking for a MOOC partner?? And if the time frame of the MOOC Camp fitted into my time frame I would not be active in the MOOC now …. And yes I love visualizations a lot. Bye, Jutta

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      1. Nedim Covic

        Hehehe I just think that being not married has some advantages when MOOC networking is at stake… :)))

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  25. Slavenko Likić

    Good evening to our MOOC leaders Jutta and Thomas

    And good evening to all of you dear MOOC colleagues

    – Write some lines about you (and your discipline / area of work):

    I have PhD in the field of sport. I work as assistant professor at the basic sports (Track and Field) to students of sport and physical education program. As sportsman, I was actually a speed skater and I competed in Winter Olympics.

    I like to work with young people, and mostly I work as teacher in the field of sport education, but I have some preferences to learn things in sport management.

    – Tell us about your expectations into the MOOC Camp and how you like the first impression of our MOOC.

    MOOC is very new way of learning for me. I hope that with every day I will be able to be more used to it.

    – It would be interesting to know about your learning experiences as well. How do you like to learn? How should a nice learning environment look like?

    I’m stile not used to learn in this kind of MOOC environment, so my main issue with this platform would be to try something new, and try to implement MOOC platform among students at my faculty.
    For sure, I agree that the best learning platform is when there is a possibility to work internationally and globally connected with people.

    Reply
    1. Jutta Pauschenwein (Post author)

      Welcome Slavenko, you made me laugh 🙂 I don’t see myself us MOOC ‘leader’ it’s more a position of service. But I don’t like service either … I prefer to facilitate learning processes, moderate them, support them. A speed skater competing in Winter Olympics, wow. Probably you need a lot of power and strength for speed skating, don’t you? Take it easy with the MOOC platform, no speed moocing ! Bye, Jutta

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  26. Klaus

    Hello everybody
    Now why I am here
    Everytime in my life I am interested in new ways of learning. – why
    The reason is, that I started my working career with mental retarded people, maybe you have heart about Special Olympics.
    Those people are people like you and me, with the same heart and the same soul. Maybe they can’t think like you and me.
    Who they can learn, what can I do, that they can learn? This where the questions I asked.
    And I tried to learn a lot of about the brain and human behavior and so on.
    Now after many years, I am working in the field of work place health promotion and I recognize that people can think but their
    behavior to their health ….? And i have the same problem – how can I teach them things to help them.
    All data from health, work place health promotion, stress-burnout show me, that people are going the wrong way.
    And thats the reason why I see such a big chance for MOOC to change the mind of people.
    Maybe it sounds a little bit strange at the first moment.
    But when are human learning extraordinary – in the age of 0 – 6 years.
    There, there is no method, no commands etc. – only watching, trying and positive encouragement from the social environment
    And this it seems to me could be a great chance for a MOOC.
    To teach people to change their health behavior for better life.
    Thats the reason why I want learn, who to built a MOOC.

    And of course, to see what you all will bring in in this MOOC, how many other perspectives can be behind, is very interesting for me.

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    1. Jutta Pauschenwein (Post author)

      Welcome Klaus, I like your questions 🙂 Bye, Jutta

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  27. Dino Mujkic

    Hi dear all, I am happy that our MOOC started ☺. Feeling like in the new school !!

    Write some lines about you (and your discipline / area of work):
    – I have PhD in Sport and I am Assistant Professor at the Sport Mangement deepartment, University of Sarajevo, covering courses such as Strategies in Sport, Style of Management, Mission and Values in Sport, Management in Sport Recreation, Globalisation, Human Resource Management. I have over 20 years working in International Projects and over 17 years of experience in reforms of higher education and innovation systems in South Eastern Europe (SEE) and Eastern Europe countries.
    I have worked at more than 100 projects, funded by Austrian Development Agency, European Union, private foundation, companies, ministries and others, implemeted in close cooperation with govermantal instituions, NGOs and other main stakeholders.
    As a Regional Manager and Associate Board Member of WUS Austria, Assistant Professor at the University of Sarajevo and Founder and President of the Board of Sarajevo Meeting of Cultures, I am working in fields of sport , education and culture.

    Tell us about your expectations into the MOOC Camp and how you like the first impression of our MOOC:
    – MOOC is very new for me. Looking forward to explore all possibilities.

    It would be interesting to know about your learning experiences as well. How do you like to learn? How should a nice learning environment look like?
    – As this is new experience for me I will try to do my best following all tasks and I am sure that outcome would be with many new likes. I like learning trough network, learning about different experiences.

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    1. Klaus Landauf

      Hello Dino
      I red your comment and it is very interesting for me.
      Are you also working in the field of heath sport?
      Additional to my described work I am coaching top athletes as a mental coach.
      And their, regeneration is very import and I am working there with the measurement of the heartratevariability and steering the regeneration process with this tool.
      maybe we can talk about this to.

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      1. Jutta Pauschenwein (Post author)

        Hi Klaus, nice that you already got to me another person which is of interest to you 🙂

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    2. Jutta Pauschenwein (Post author)

      Yes, Dino, I’m happy that we started as well 🙂 Wow, you have such a lot of experience in international collaboration – please be open and reflect how you can transfer your experience into the MOOC approach! I’m so curios how and what we all will combine together (‘juntos’ in Spanish). Bye, Jutta

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  28. Michaela Ha

    I am usually also an early bird, so here it goes…

    – Write some lines about you (and your discipline / area of work): I work in project management and as a expert in the field of higher education. Our projects are about improving the quality of higher education, of which one aspect is the lifelong learnign of the Bologna process. Here, MOOCS come in handy, because they allow more flexible learning for a wider portfolio of people.

    – Tell us about your expectations into the MOOC Camp and how you like the first impression of our MOOC: I like the structure and interface of this MOOC but I think until I have more experience I am undecided about what makes sense what could be improved…

    – It would be interesting to know about your learning experiences as well. How do you like to learn? How should a nice learning environment look like? I love to learn with many different people! During my second studies I was in the same class with students from 11 different countries from all over Europe and from the US. We were all adults with different academic and professional backgrounds and I learnt most in discussion with those that did not share my opinion on a particular subject. For me this is a perfect environment for learning – with professionals/experts from other fields reflecting on the same topic. Discussing and reflecting mostly online like in a MOOC is new for me so this shall be my challenge 🙂

    I am looking forward to more posts to come!

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    1. Jutta Pauschenwein (Post author)

      Hi early bird Michaela 🙂 I like your description of an international learning environment a lot! I love it to learn in MOOCs because there are so many different people to get to know and all the time I get new ideas. And for me it’s possible to connect with some of them. This process needs time and resources of course, but it works online as well as face-to-face. Bye, bye, Jutta

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  29. Marc

    Hello everybody!

    1.)
    I was born in Styria/ Austria and I live in Graz. After I studied business administration I worked as an auditor for corporations and EU-projects. I also worked as lecturer until I started for WUS AT as financial and project manager. The projects I manage are in the field of sport, culture and education. My leisure time I spend with hiking and mountaineering but I also like music and reading.

    2.)
    I expect a new experience and I’m curious if this way of learning is the new better way of learning or if it is just an alternative. I also observe the process of democratization in education, which is supported by the MOOC idea. High quality courses, which in earlier days were reserved to an elite group of people, are now available for everyone and are affordable for many students from all over the world.

    1st Impression:
    The AtLETyC MOOC CAMP appears well organised and the time table helps finding the necessary tasks.

    3.)
    A nice, neat and organised place, best with view, silent and sufficient subsistence, but not necessarily. Sometimes also a library can be a good learning environment. I like change, after a period of learning I prefer doing sport, like running or hiking in the mountains.
    Learning during sport activities like listening to podcasts while hiking or running causes mixed results. It sometimes works well and sometimes the activity itself needs attention, for example when a dog starts barking and you must rewind the podcast.

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    1. Jutta Pauschenwein (Post author)

      Good evening Marc, thanx for your post. I like in the atletyc project how sports mixes with learning. For me it doesn’t work to combine movement and sports. I prefer the library or my laptop! Sometimes in the morning I’m cycling to university and already planning my day, writing texts … and then I arrive and I don’t remember which way I took! In my case it’s dangerous to move and think … In your case as well with this dog! Bye, Jutta

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  30. Saulius

    Hello for everyone

    First of all it was quite interesting to start morning by watching videos. Next I would like to say some words about me and my expression about MOOC.

    •Write some lines about you (and your discipline / area of work). I have PhD in social sciences. I am teaching Research methodology for bachelor and master students at Lithuanian Sports University. My research related with moral behaviour in sports. I am also interested in sport history and everything that are related with modern science.

    •Tell us about your expectations into the MOOC Camp and how you like the first impression of our MOOC. Actually my first expression about MOOC, that this is a platform to make connection with someone who are focusing on some tipic? I agree that this is a way of learning.

    •It would be interesting to know about your learning experiences as well. How do you like to learn? How should a nice learning environment look like?  The last question is worth a million. My learning experience? I prefer silence, to be alone or learning in small groups (a cup of coffee sometimes very helpful).

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    1. Jutta Pauschenwein (Post author)

      Hi Saulius! Your background in social sciences is interesting 🙂 And moral behaviour in sports …ok …. so no cheating? And I hope that you will start your learning in this MOOC Camp with a cup of coffee 🙂 Bye, Jutta

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  31. Melanie

    Good morning everybody, hi Wolfgang!

    I also try to contribute as early as possible as I am not sure how much time I can spend for this MOOC camp. After finally reading yesterday we should spend 5 to 10 hours per week for the camp. Like most of you I have quite busy days as a mother, student and

    1) maybe someone already read that I work as a teacher in Graz. Our students are adults who try to finish school. For some of them we provide a lot of e-learning content.

    2) That’s why I already read Gilly Salmons e-tivities book. I liked it and now I am especially curious to see how the e-moderators use the 5 stage model, how I can cope with it and connect it to the knowledge I already have. It would be really great if I could use my experience after finishing MOOC camp to make my collegues and students profit from my new skills.

    At the moment I am still a bit confused and need a lot of clicks to figure out which pages I have already worked through and which content I might have been missing so far.
    Beside MOOC knowledge I also hope to find out more about the atletyc project which sounds interesting.

    3) Learning for me works best by repeating an also wrinting down manually. A perfect learning environment should provide clear statements about what I should do and leave time to get it done within a certain period. All of that seems to be realized within this website.

    I am so looking forward to reading the other posts and get to know my camp collegues.
    Concerning the meetings wednesdays I need to stay that I can only be there until 5:30. After this time I need to change to class.

    Have a nice day, Melanie

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    1. Jutta Pauschenwein (Post author)

      Welcome Melanie, as involved in e-learning you will know that each new environment is confusing during the first days. Nevertheless I’m sorry about that! For me the balance between enough content and not too much content is a challenge! I believe it is important to leave freedom and free time for the learners to explore the topic as well. Great that you know the Gilly Salmon concept, I use it in all my e-learning scenarios! Bye, and looking forward to your next etivity, Jutta

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  32. Wolfgang

    Good morning everybody,

    I am excited about the start of the MOOC. Therefore I will play the early bird by answering assignment 1.

    1) Write some lines about you (and your discipline / area of work)
    I am a born Upper Austrian who moved to lovely Salzburg some years ago. Here, I work for an organisation named KADA which promotes the dual career of elite athletes. Since 2013 I head the national career development programme of Austria. This function incloses management and counselling. On one hand I try to develop Austrian and European frame conditions that make it possible for our target group to combine sport and profound education/professional development. On the other hand I personally counsel elite athletes regarding their individual career development. A double perspective which I perceive as very precious to my work.

    2) Tell us about your expectations into the MOOC Camp and how you like the first impression of our MOOC.
    I expect a fresh way of learning and recognizable differences to the usual suspects in terms of eLearning. First impressions: Welcoming user interface, motivated moderators, interesting (and hopefully still growing) list of participants.

    3) It would be interesting to know about your learning experiences as well. How do you like to learn? How should a nice learning environment look like?
    I am very much a “moving” (and visual) learner remembering most effectively when walking and thinking most productively when running. Furthermore, a clear structure, flexibility and interactive elements are essential parts of my optimal learning environment. Therefore I am curious about to what extent a MOOC will be compatible to my needs.

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    1. Jutta Pauschenwein (Post author)

      Thanx Wolfgang to be the first to respond to the first assignment 🙂 I like your description in (1) and would have liked some links to get more informations (maybe about lovely Salzburg or Kada) 🙂 With respect to the idea of walking and learning during your learning progress – wow! Here we need more developed devices for this kind of learners. Have a nice evening, Jutta

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      1. Wolfgang

        On http://www.kada.co.at/kada-sport-with-prospects/ one can find a very brief English introduction to the organisation KADA.

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