Power Searching with Google – What next?
My exam results – Power Searching with Google
The up- and downsides of my Google results.
Good results in the final assessment, but with a missing mid-class assessment no certificate 😦
Nevertheless, the upsides outweigh the downsides.
- I learned new search techniques and further improved my existing knowledge
- I improved my own search skills
- The course design (combination of videos and activities) inspired me for my own teaching – keyword: flipped classroom
- Many of my readers liked my ongoing reports about my course progress (Thanks 🙂
- Free course (embracing the Web 2.0 philosophy of sharing, OER (open educational resources)
- supports life-long learning
- facilitated cooperation through forums, google groups, hangouts on air
- Final assessment could be taken as often as wanted
- Certificate –in case you passed
- Time-consuming – each class required about 50 minutes, plus time for the pre-, mid- and post-class assessment
- Timeframe was pretty short and restrictive.
- PR stunt from Google to promote his own product
- More free data for Google through registration and final evaluation
- No certificate (but that was my own fault)
Well, I know it is arguable whether all points in the minus list can be regarded as complete minus. Some might find spending about six hours work into a course is not too much. I agree with them. I only had a problem with the short timeframe applied for the whole course.
However, the decision to participate in a course is up to everyone. Some, like me, think it’s a fair tradeoff to get free training in turn for providing personal data, which is already known by Google, since I have a Google account 😉