A recent article on "How do you create a digital university?" highlighted the need for well-trained, fully-engaged faculty and staff who can design and deliver courses with technology purposefully integrated in their courses as the key to providing the right digital environment in a university. This prompted me to take a relook at an old … Continue reading Pedagogy before technology
A recent participation in an online course got me back into the habit of blogging. When I started to blog in 2011, and it was purely for sharing good practices on technology enhanced learning in my own campus. It was very much of reporting! But now, I enjoy blogging - helps me reflect, share ideas and … Continue reading Taking on the #blimage challenge: Not just a row of desks!
An educational technologist is one who engages actively in researching, analysing, designing, developing, implementing and evaluating processes and tools to support and enhance learning with the use of technologies (Seels & Richy, 1994). Educational technologists are also sometimes referred to as learning technologists. Came across this wonderful post titled “On being a Learning Technologist” by … Continue reading What does it entail to be a good educational technologist?
Every end is the beginning of a new journey! It holds true for me! For many years, learning in communities has been something that I wanted to do well. I wanted to explore on building, fostering and sustaining a community of practice, and to understand how this would help in creating a positive learning experience. … Continue reading New Beginnings!
Blended learning is a concept that is understood differently by different instructors. This is largely due to the varying definitions that one can find on blended learning. Not only is it defined in multiple ways, but is also known in many ways - Blended learning, Hybrid learning, flipped classroom, and many more! Take a look at … Continue reading Design Approaches to Blended Learning
Davidson et. al (2014) studied the small-group learning approaches, namely the cooperative, collaborative, problem-based, and team-based learning. They highlighted key differences and similarities between these various approaches. I was more interested in the difference/similarity between cooperative and collaborative learning. In cooperative learning, small-group of students work, learn and support each other for achieving a common … Continue reading Collaborate, we did!
During a recent lunch conversation with colleagues we had an interesting discussion on an article that questions what is education for (Biesta, 2015). This topic intrigued me, and that night when I got back I read the article. It lets you take a step back and brings you back to the basics that needs attention. … Continue reading What is education for? Biesta (2015): Summary & Reflections
Learning in communities – why is this important to me? Recently when I started on a course on open networked learning (ONL course), what drew me to this was the concept of learning in communities. In particular, the topic on "learning in communities – networked and collaborative learning" has been of special interest to me. Learning … Continue reading Learning in Communities: Why is it important to me?
“Openness is the breath of life for education and research. Resources created by educators and researchers should be open for anyone to use and reuse" - D’Antoni and Savage (2009) When we say "Openness in Education", are we referring – Is it being open in your practice or is it related to being open with your content? My … Continue reading Openness: In practice or content?
This is the second in a two-part series, where this second post will look at what can students do to be a successful online learner. The first post looked at what strategies an instructor can use to increase student engagement in online courses. Listed below are some strategies that an online learner should keep in … Continue reading Student engagement and participation in online learning (Part 2)