Week 1: Introduction and Contextual Statement
Welcome to the #cmaltcmooc – if this is your first, second or even fifth iteration of the CMALT cMOOC it’s great to have you participating with us! The cMOOC is about connecting people and sharing your experiences as we explore CMALT accreditation.
This first week involves setup and introductions – we hope you’ll join us on a journey of establishing (or enhancing) your online professional profile in teaching and learning and becoming part of the global #cmaltcmooc network of practitioners and researchers in the scholarship of technology enhanced learning (SOTEL).
There are a few setup activities this week: After Signing Up for the cMOOC at https://cmaltcmooc.wordpress.com/contact
- Join the CMALT cMOOC Community Forum
- Share ideas and social media via the #CMALTcMOOC hashtag
- Setup/Customise your individual eportfolios that will become your portfolio hub (we suggest using https://www.WordPress.com)
- Take 10 minutes to do the participant survey of prior experience
- Locate yourself on the shared collaborative participant map – you will be invited to edit the map via the email address you signed up to the cMOOC.
- Create a concise biography and professional goals on your Blog, and start linking to shared research profiles on: Researchgate, Academia.edu, Mendeley, ORCID, and LinkedIn.
- We host a Webinar via Zoom each Friday (9:30am New Zealand time) to review each week, that is then shared via a YouTube Playlist
Introduce yourself by Creating a Contextual Statement:
Choose a social learning theory on which to develop a short statement of your understanding and approach to using learning technologies in education. Post this to your blog using the #cmaltcmooc hashtag. Explore how your contextual statement could be presented using a variety of embedded technologies – you could use a short video to introduce yourself and your teaching philosophy via Clips (iOS) or Instagram. A contextual statement is a critical element of a CMALT portfolio – it is not assessed, but must be included. You can do this quickly as a video reflection if you like – see some of the examples in the #CMALTcMOOC YouTube Playlist from previous CMALT cMOOC iterations, for example:
Create a research biography and establish a profile on researchgate.net, link this profile into your WordPress blog.
Reflect upon this process on your WordPress blog.
From the CMALT Guidelines:
The portfolio should commence with a contextual statement – the kind of thing you might write in a cover letter for a job application. It should provide a concise biography, outlining your career history and current role(s), highlighting briefly the operational context in which you work or have worked, and reflecting on why you are submitting your portfolio for CMALT and how this relates to your future career aspirations. This section is not assessed, but can be very helpful for the assessors as they approach the rest of your portfolio.
For more info see the CMALT support page at https://www.alt.ac.uk/get-involved/certified-membership/cmalt-support
A good place to start planning your CMALT portfolio are the CMALT Guidelines:
A couple of good examples of CMALT Portfolios and contextual statements include:
And some tips from a CMALT journey: https://eastmidslt.wordpress.com/2014/01/24/cmalt-my-journey/