#ocTEL Catching up #1 – introduction

I’ve dedicated part of my blog to ocTEL (http://octel.alt.ac.uk/), a massive online open course or MOOC run by the Association for Learning Technology (http://www.alt.ac.uk/). The reason why I’m taking this course is because I’m currently in my final year of a Master’s in Technology Enhanced Learning, so any additional insights into learning technologies and pedagogies is always welcome; because I’ve agreed to support other people who are taking this course; and because I’ve always wanted to try a MOOC and this seemed a good opportunity.
I work as a learning technology advisor and my role involves supporting people in the use of learning technologies. This predominantly involves supporting our VLE but a lot of the rationale for my Master’s and this MOOC is to get to grips with the pedagogical aspect of learning technology. Since my post is technical in nature it’s also useful to get an academic perspective on these things.