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Topic 4: Learning in Communities

I believe that individuals are social entities who do not survive on their own and individuals are a result of a societal system that has been there and hence we must take advantage of the system to be able to impart knowledge and learn and unlearn from this system. That brings me to the definition of collaborative learning

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I also believe that we are different and we learn differently hence collaboration allows peers to engage at their level and assist one another in understanding issues that bother them. As we engaged in the ONL group, that was an epitome of collaboration; everyone was allowed to share their ideas and critique one another and fine-tuned ideas until we came to the same understanding.  

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Reflection on the journey (Before and Now)

Before

As I started the journey to learning online through the Open Networked Learning, I was not sure if I was going to make it as time was a real challenge……. but “a girl ought to do what a girl ought to do……”

As individuals, we were supposed to reflect on the “journey” using a tool called Coogle and below are the questions that I was supposed to answer in my reflection:-

  1. Who were the members of the group and what have you accomplished during the course?
  2. Reflect on your development as a group and the value of the PBL group for your learning?
  3. How/who was I in February – who am I now?
  4. Which topic meant the most?
  5. Facilitation – what did it do?
  6. Lessons learned – where do I go from here?
  7. How will I implement what I have learned?
  8. What were the biggest challenges to you, participating in the course?
  9. How have you overcome your challenges, and how did that make you feel?
  10. Where will we have the beer after the course? Biggest challenge!

Firstly, the members of the group were amazing because not all the time did I attend the sessions but they managed to cover for all of us. We started off as amateurs without the knowledge that they are many online tools that we could take advantage of in our daily social and academic lives.

The topic that meant the most for me was Topic 2: Open Learning and sharing because as an academic, I should learn to share the knowledge that I have to the development of myself and the society that looks up to me and the students that I tutor. The facilitation was excellent as it allowed me to interact and collaborate freely with my peers and share ideas and be criticized.

From here, I will certainly adopt all and even research on more tools to use in my facilitation that will certainly make students engage more in the online space.  My biggest challenge was in time management as I would facilitate in some days when I was supposed to be attending the sessions. Time is never sufficient so I had to put in extra effort and create time for me to watch the recorded session for me to catch up.

After the course, I would not mind celebrating the achievement in the Caribians. reflection2

Topic 4: Design for online and blended learning

The questions that come to mind is what is the difference between face to face and online distance learning? What are the benefits and disadvantages to either?……… etc

As I thought about these during the preparation time, the words that came to mind were Community of inquiry, MOOC’s, online courses, engagement, society, online/blended….. the list is endless

In today’s teaching and learning, there are so many sources of information, some which are authentic and some which are not hence one has to be careful about the real authentic academic sources.

How then do we promote engagement? We can do so by outlining the benefits and looking at it at a bigger picture. Technology is so dynamic and it has taken the world by storm, if individuals do not adapt to it they will be obsolete. It is then paramount that we constantly pace up. Bearing in mind the different types of students it is important to blend face to face online. We are becoming busier each day hence online/technology gives us the platform to study whenever and wherever

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Topic 2: Open Learning – sharing and openness

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Introduction

Most often than not we have wondered what happens when we have information to share and how open should it be?

Reflection

As I pondered upon this topic, I had a lot of questions in my mind such as ….. Is open same as free? What platforms should one use to share the information? What are the main reasons for going open? …. to mention just but a few

there are many ethical considerations and other aspects that may hinder someone from going open such as the authenticity of the sources etc

As we worked through the scenario, coogle is the tool that was adopted as a group and it was my first time learning about it and it was so interesting and easy to use. it allowed me to build from a single point to enormous points that at the end I needed to streamline. Using Coogle, allowed us to build on subtopics such as what openness means, how to find and use openly licensed resources, advantages, and disadvantages of open and closed technologies and the implications of different open course and MOOC formats in relation to my learning experience

In summary, there are many different open sources and one has to be careful in using them as some are not academic sources, the advantages is that information is available as and when one needs it

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