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by Thomas Cochrane -
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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

  • 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
  • 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: ResearchgateAcademia.eduMendeleyORCID, 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: 

Share your example of a Contextual Statement on the #CMALTcMOOC Community Forum at the Project Bank


Create a research biography and establish a profile on, link this profile into your WordPress blog.

Reflect upon this process on your WordPress blog.

From the CMALT Guidelines:

Contextual statement

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

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:

In reply to Thomas Cochrane

Re: #CMALTcMOOC 2019 v2 WEEK1

by Kavita Kaur -

With reference to the survey on PowerPoint use, here is a presentation on that very topic, by Harvard/Melbourne University Educational Neuroscientist Jared Cooney Horvath. 


Horvath, J. C. (2014), The Neuroscience of PowerPointTM. Mind, Brain, and Education, 8: 137-143.

In reply to Kavita Kaur

Re: #CMALTcMOOC 2019 v2 WEEK1

by Thomas Cochrane -
Thanks for sharing the video Kavita - what are your thoughts on PowerPoint and learning and teaching?
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Re: #CMALTcMOOC 2019 v2 WEEK1

by Kavita Kaur -

Any resource must add value to a talk/learning experience. I think we've grown so accustomed to expecting a 'movie' to accompany lectures and teaching experiences that most times, our learners and audience end up feeling overwhelmed and overstimulated. 

Where I work, academics feel pressured to edutain when their job is really to impart knowledge. Learning designers can bring this gap, however, by highlighting opportunities for educational technology to assist in the learning process more efficiently. Then, teachers can focus on providing feedback to learners - which ultimately assists them in becoming competent in a skill. 

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Re: #CMALTcMOOC 2019 v2 WEEK1

by Thomas Cochrane -
Archive of overview discussion of Week1 activities of the 2019 #CMALTcMOOC network with @lisaransom @DrJamesBirt @IanUpton_CU @shrifootring @LdKavita @svmerkens #SOTELNZ #CMALT

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Re: #CMALTcMOOC 2019 v2 WEEK1

by Stephanie Merkens -
Hello All,

I'd like to share the draft of my contextual statement from my portfolio blog:

Any feedback would be helpful- especially from those who have been down the road of the CMALT process before!

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Re: #CMALTcMOOC 2019 v2 WEEK1

by Neil Cowie -

Hi Stephanie

I just got feedback from my CMALT submission - not sure if I am the right person to give suggestions as only half was OK! But here goes ...

It's a very nice contextual statement and I learned a lot about your background - my main comment is that it would be great to hear more details, especially about creating your own role and support group. I'd like to know a bit more about the kind of institutions that you taught/teach in and what kinds of technology you have introduced.

It's hard to video yourself I think but if you have a very rough script and talk it through a few times I am sure you'll sound great.

My contextual statement is here if you want to see another example. The first version was much longer and the advice I received was to make it much shorter and add more references and links.

All the best,

Neil Cowie

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Re: #CMALTcMOOC 2019 v2 WEEK1

by Rebecca Scriven -
Hi all,
I'm a bit late in starting, but I've managed to get quite a bit done today, so hopefully, I can catch up. Thom, is there a way to update my Blog link information? I started out with Wordpress as suggested, but I would rather use PebblePad if I I'm using that for my CMALT portfolio, and it seems easier to have it all in the one platform. If you could let me know where to update the link that would be great.

Here is my draft contextual statement:
Any feedback would be appreciated...I wrote it a few years ago when I first began my CMALT portfolio - so it required some updating, but most remains the same :)
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Re: #CMALTcMOOC 2019 v2 WEEK1

by Kavita Kaur -
Hi everyone,
My contextual statement for Week 1 can be found on my Wordpress Site HERE.
As soon as I stop sounding like Fran Fine, I'll make videos and stuff...