April 4

Deeper Learning #1

Over the past ten weeks or so, I have been immersed in the #deeperlearning MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) sponsored by deeper-learning.org.  One thing I promised myself as we wrapped up was that I would start blogging. I was inspired, in part by Greg McVerry, who posits that blogging should be part of our PRACTICE as educators, as opposed to it being an “add-on” to a (never completed) to-do list. His complete post, “Forget Searching for Time. Where are the ideas?” can be found here:


As I began my blogging quest, I immediately plunged into deeper learning! The first question I had to answer was which blogging platform to use. I have a strong technology background, which is both a help and a hindrance. Although WAY out of date on the details, I grasp the concepts, and am comfortable assessing various tools. I also prowl the various review websites for help. The downside is I tend to spend too long analyzing, instead of making a decision and moving on.

In the end, I settled on Edublogs. I know I may not stay here forever, but it is a decent starting point. But then, I had the agony of deciding which theme to use! To me, this visual aspect portrays the personality of the website. Although I love “girly” themes, complete with purple, flowers, and scrapbook emulations, I felt those did not provide the aura I wish to achieve. So, here I am, using “Blak Magik!” It evokes a mood of curiosity, mystery, and depth, all characteristics I want to further develop in my professional and personal lives.

Next time, my first reactions to #DLMOOC.





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Posted April 4, 2014 by inspirepassion in category Deeper Learning

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I am a process-focused leader who uses collaboration, authenticity, and mentoring as key skills to inspire passion among learners of all ages. Aggregate eclectic professional experiences have honed my ability to coach others in designing and implementing courses of study using inquiry-/project-based learning (PBL).

2 thoughts on “Deeper Learning #1

  1. inspirepassion (Post author)

    Thank you, Greg, for your support! Thanks, as well, for reminding me of Feedly, a tool I have not yet used.

  2. Greg McVerry

    Congrats on launching your blog. More so than just the reflective spaces they can become your online hub to document and explore life long learning.

    Most importantly you are modeling to your students what it means to learn in the open.

    I juts added you to my Feedly and I wish you luck.


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