Happy New Year! After reading several year-in-review blog posts and two from blogs I follow closely [e-literate and Hack Education], I was motivated to write a similar post. I’m also writing this post in hopes that it will overcome my writer’s block [I've struggled with writing a post for three days now]. Let the words come forth!
I’ve included below the top five posts for Online Learning Insights in 2013 and close with thanks to readers and specific individuals that have commented consistently here.
Top Five Posts of 2013 on Online Learning Insights
- How Not to Design a MOOC: The Disaster at Coursera and How to Fix It, posted on February 1. This post generated robust discussion—heated and charged discussion occurring within 145 comments in total. The traffic on this post is a reflection of MOOC-mania that was in full swing in early 2013.
- Five-step Strategy for Student Success with Online Learning, posted on September 28, 2012, which struck me as odd given the post generated very little traffic at all in 2012. However that’s inconsequential—all that matters is that the post provided support and help to online students in some way in 2013 [and continues to do so].
- The MOOC Honeymoon is Over: Three Takeaways from the Coursera Calamity posted three days after the How Not to Design a MOOC post.
- How to Create a Personal Learning Portfolio: Students and Professionals, posted on January 30, 2013.
- Why Online Courses [Really] Need an Instructional Design Strategy, posted on May 7. Since instructional design is what I do, I’m relieved at least one of the posts I wrote on instructional design made the top five list.
Thanks to Readers, Tweeters and Commenters
Thank you readers of this blog; I am grateful for all readers whether occasional or regular. Special thanks to followers, and to readers that Tweet, link to, and share posts. I also am grateful for all those that take extra time to comment in response to posts—each furthers the dialogue by engaging, sharing resources which ultimately contributes to the learning community. Special thanks to the top commenters of Online Learning Insights listed below. I’ve also included a link to his or her blog, or Google + page.
- Robert Connolly, blog: Archaeology, Museums & Outreach
- Halina Ostankowicz-Bazan, Google + Profile
- Scott Johnson, blog: ScottX5′s Blog
- Neill Bigg, blog: Lingua Frankly
- Laura Gibbs, Google+ Profile
I look forward to another year of blogging, learning and writing in 2014. Happy New Year!