Online Course – Days 12 to 14

1-3 July 2014

The second week’s materials for the Massive Teaching has been released but I chose to check the forum. I learned that the forum has been locked twice now and the active students are having brainstorming sessions over at G+ and Facebook.

I visited both to have a look-see. From what I have read, my interest still has not been aroused. I do not fault the course nor its structure for my lack of interest. The fault lies with me. I guess my mind is set on the Writing course and the upcoming Creativity course.

Over at the Writing course, am on Module 3. I have a pattern now. I watch the video lectures and take the quizzes and module ender activity on the desktop. The readings and the journal writings I do on the phablet.

I have finished watching the videos and all the quizzes so tomorrow, I will do the 2 writing assignments and the ender activity.

I also stopped doing a daily entry. I do not log in to the site everyday now. I just make sure that I finish all the requirements at least a day or two before the deadline.

I accomplished the recommended number of peer evaluations. But I got curious to evaluate more so I did 3 more. Much as I would like to do more, I am hesitant. I feel like I am a better editor than a teacher.

For every sentence I read, I itched to rearrange the words and phrases or change/insert a word or two to make the sentence flow smoothly instead of explaining what should be done. I suck at that. And that is the reason why I took this course – to be able to remember the rules so I can cite them whenever I am making corrections. But I think it is a bit of a losing battle. I prefer writing to re-learning the rules.

I also have this particular quirk. I dislike re-reading whatever it is I have already written. I know that one has to comb through every piece to polish it but rare do I do that. I feel like I lose the primary essence of whatever it was I originally wanted to say when I edit. I am aware that this course is not the right one for this particular concern but I thought it is better to start with the basics.

All in all, my experience so far with MOOCs is okay. I like the Writing course. I am relearning rules. I am writing. The Massive Teaching course is a bit murky for me but it is on me. I am enjoying the experience.


Online Course – Day 9 to 11

28-30 July 2014

Without anything to do at the Writing course, I went around the forum.

The forum reminds me of the days before Facebook. It is just like the Yahoo groups. In a way, it also resembles the Facebook experience. Now that I have grown tired of the endless scrolling on the news feed and groups and exchanging comments with tons of people on a single post, the forum on the courses lacks appeal to me.

I know that the forum is a necessary feedback tool but I just can’t gather the necessary enthusiasm and drive to comment much, only for scanning and reading.

I also visited the Massive Teaching forum and to be honest, I am a bit lost. Especially with the very loose structure. Massive teaching it is thus I do understand the use of various social media platforms. The instructor himself suggested to follow the course’s Twitter account for updates. Students created a G+ community and a Facebook group.

Maybe I am out of my depth or maybe my interest didn’t get piqued enough to stay with the course. I will check the second week’s materials and decide if I will stay on for the third and last week of the course or not.

Tagalog, not Filipino.

What is the Filipino language, anyway? It’s just but something coined to rename the Manila-based Tagalog in the hopes of unifying a richly diverse archipelago that is Manila-centric.

I know of a university in this country which does not have Filipino as a required subject – a student has a choice between Filipino and English. This practice by this university did not in any way made Filipino obsolete as a subject and as a course. I think, the university always has served as a rich source of and for Filipino language experts.

In fact, most of the products of this university are well versed in using the Tagalog-based Filipino, English, and their own language. Filipinos, for a lack of a better term, are bilinguals and or multilinguals. Take for instance, Tarlaqueños. From the cradle, they are exposed to Ilokano and Kapampangan. At school age, English comes in. Pangasinense also comes in. That is four languages for a native of the northern part of Tarlac. In adulthood, one will surely pick up at least one other language especially when one becomes an OFW.

In a way, it is funny in this example: ‘nakain’ versus ‘kumain.’ Filipino grammar says that the former is wrong and the correct word is the latter. How come then that there are Tagalog-speaking places around Manila that treat the latter word as the correct one?

In my entire elementary, high school, and college Filipino subjects, never did I hear about a Tagalog dialect. There is only Filipino. But Filipino is simply just a Manila-based Tagalog, as I said above. How to explain then ‘nakain vs kumain?’ With all the new changes implemented in the Filipino grammar, maybe this has been addressed. I hope so.

But am hoping more that the issues about the other Philippine languages be also addressed. Forcing everyone to just kowtow to the Filipino as the national language (and Baybayin as the national script) just creates more divisiveness than unity.

Online Course – Days 5 to 8

24-27 June 2014

My mobile data connection decided to go glitchy for days. Videos just wouldn’t load. Even pages gets halved.

Then it hit me – it’s Friday and my sons are in school. I can use the desktop and check if the connection there is better than on my mobile. But, lo and behold, my eldest is playing Arua Rose. It turns out it his day off from work. I told him to catch up on his sleep because I need the desktop.

I have been used to doing everything on my phablet that I often forget that I have finally gotten a solution for our internet connection at home. Movies, music, videos, social networks, web surfing, games, blogs, office documents – I do all on the phablet especially that I was always on the move. I got so used to doing all those while in bed, on the sofa, beneath my macopa tree, in the bath, in the kitchen, on the road and I even sneak peeks while driving during stoplights and traffic snarls that I am not comfortable anymore in plopping myself at the computer table for hours.

After 3 days of not logging on to Coursera, I finally managed to finish Modules 2 and 3 and the Conclusion.

Module 2 Writing Activity

1. walks
2. eating
3. playing
4. reading
5. bought
6. hammering
7. singing
8. climbed
9. cutting
10. stretched

1. early
2. nearby
3. really
4. above
5. inside
6. skillfully
7. in front
8. teasingly
9. daily
10. clumsily

Sentence 1
Wearing a pair of headset, Allen, who was eating a rice snack in front of the computer while playing an MMORPG, did not hear the ruckus being made by the fighting cats nearby.

Sentence 2
On a cloudy day while taking my morning coffee under our Macopa tree, my attention occassional shifts from the pages of my book to the fluffy white clouds above.

Unit 2 Concluding Activity

Sentence 1
The woman walks.

Although the sun is perking, a light rain is falling and the woman in an orange sundress gracefully walks amidst the raucous and muddy market street even though she is weighted down with a large, wicker basket full of fresh vegetables, fruits, and meats.

Sentence 2
The wind blows.

One quiet night with a sky full of stars, the wind gently blows through an open window on the second floor making the diaphanous curtains billow and the candles’ flames flicker creating patterns of shadows which lull the child into a peaceful sleep.


For the Massive Teaching course, I read the forums. I did not participate at all.

Online Course – Day 4

23 June 2014

Am playing hooky – absenting myself today from the Writing course. But I had a class today. A new one.

Teaching goes Massive: New Skills Required was supposed to be my first try at a MOOC. As it turned out, this became the second and concurrent one.

Instead of an introduction, there was a thread asking why we took this course. This is what I wrote:

I took this course to serve as my first online course, but a mistake on my part made this the concurrent second. The way I understood the course description, is it is exploratory in nature. I have always been in the fringes of the education field and have been a freelance lecturer/trainor for past two decades. Educational Technonolgy is an interesting field and I hope to gain new insights in this course.

The course description made me think that this will be a bit more free-wheeling than the others that are more structured. And since am easing my way into this world, this seems like an interesting place to start. With what I’ve seen so far, I think I made the right choice.

If I will be able to see myself through these two courses, then well and good. If not, then at the very least, this endeavor made me write a few lines everyday which is an activity that I have abandoned a long time ago. It’s very rare that I get to finish one piece, unless am highly emotional while writing. I have about two dozens of bits and pieces on Keep. I jot a few lines down and color them red, meaning I should finish them. But they just stay bits and pieces for months. Maybe this diary/journal activity will jumpstart it for me.


sa kahabaan ng friendship highway na aking binabagtas,
isang hapon na gising na gising pa rin ang araw,
usad-pagong ang mga sasakyan.

katulad ng nakasanayan,
ang aking isang tenga ay may nakapasak na earphone
kung saan nanggagaling ang musikang laging kasama.

katulad ng nakasanayan kapag nag-iisa,
sinasabayan ng mala-palakang boses ang pinakikinggang kanta,
na wari’y walang ibang tao sa mundo.

at dahil halos hindi nga gumagalaw ang mga sasakyan,
at dahil dalang-dala sa kantang sinasabayan,
hindi namalayan ang pagtigil ng isang naka-bisikletang lalaki.

huli na ng namalayan
na sumandaling nakinig pala ang lalaking naka-bisikleta
sa aking munting konsyerto sa gitna ng buhol-buhol na mga sasakyan.

ang laking malas naman niya.

Online Course – Day 3

22 June 2014

While on a Supernatural marathon, I noticed the time – time for class. Actually, it was also time to look for an excuse to skip this day. Especially since it is a Sunday. But my internet connection might not cooperate tomorrow so to class I go.

A minute into the first video lecture, I heard Bamboo singing on the tv and my attention shifted. Thus, video on pause and eyes on the boob tube. Bamboo made ‘boom panes’ sound a bit classy.

Ok, Joey, back to the lesson.

Got the self-check all correct on the first video then got reacquainted with the parts of speech. Hello again, nouns, pronouns, and adjectives. Hello too, case, number, and person. It’s been too long.

I am obviously not in the right frame of mind for lessons so I stopped at module 1. I will finish modules 2 and 3 on Tuesday.


Module 1 Writing Activity

1. Allen
2. computer
3. Vhince
4. phone
5. television
6. lampshade
7. dog
8. headset
9. eyeglass
10. cat

1. cold
2. white
3. loud
4. softly
5. fluffy
6. old
7. bright
8. quiet
9. blue
10. dirty