Syndicating Posts, Comments & Tumblr

During the course posts that you publish will be syndicated here as part of the main blog feed. They will link directly to the original post, encouraging your fellow participants to visit your site and read your posts. Please remember to include #crit101 in the post title as well as the post category, tag or label, depending on your platform of choice.

Also, commenting on posts during the course is to be encouraged. As I said in the opening lecture yesterday, this is an interactive course and success is dependent on how well you work with the your peers. With this in mind, there are a number of you using Tumblr. There is nothing wrong with that, but unlike Blogger or WordPress, Tumblr does not support comments. Do not fret, there is a solution. You can install the Disqus comment system. Sign up for a free account and follow these instructions.

If you need more help with this please drop me an email or a tweet.

#crit101 kicks off today at 7:30PM.

The course will begin with a live introductory lecture. The link will appear on the ‘Week One‘ page shortly before 7:30PM.

The ‘Week One‘ page has been updated to include a more detailed introduction, reading material, and assignments, including a learner survey. Please take the time to read through all of the information.

The first Twitter discussion will take place on Wednesday 23rd January between 7:00PM and 8:00PM. Don’t forget to include #crit101 in your tweets.

Assignments are due in by 6:00PM on Sunday 27th January.

If you are interested in participating in the course but have not yet enrolled, there is still time. Enrolment will remain open until Sunday 27th January.

Why should I enrol in #crit101?

Quite rightly some of you have asked why you should enrol in #crit101?

Here goes:

  • To improve the way that you learn outside of the classroom
  • To improve on and develop a set of skills that can be used across all of your A-Level subjects
  • To develop skills and prepare for the rigours of learning at University
  • To learn to be a more independent learner
  • To engage in new ways of learning that you are likely to encounter at University or within your chosen workplace.
  • The course is something that you can put on your University application and CV
  • The skills are accredited and can be added to a personal blog, website or online CV
  • It would give you that something extra to discuss at an interview

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me by Email or Twitter.

Beginning January 2013: #crit101

Starting on Monday 21st January 2013, Critical Skills 101 will offer an introduction to a specific skill set that is integral to successful learning in Higher Education as well as being fundamental in becoming an effective in(ter)dependent learner.

For more information about the course please read the ‘about‘ page and check out the ‘course outline‘. Enrolment is now open and will remain so until Sunday 13th January.

While primarily aimed at Sixth Formers and FE students, the course is an ‘open online course’ meaning that anyone with an interest in developing their skills and autonomy as a learner can participate.

If you have further questions that can not be answered via the links above, then please do not hesitate to contact me. I can be reached by email or Twitter. Please also consider subscribing to the blog feed for updates or follow the hashtag: #crit101 via Twitter.