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)
Maintaining and cultivating student engagement in an online course is important to make it less challenging for students to participate. Online learning courses have taken various forms and types – distance learning courses, massively open online courses (MOOC), open schedule online courses, fixed schedule courses, open networked learning courses, flipped courses, blended learning courses, hybrid … Continue reading Student engagement and participation in online learning (Part 1)
Photo credit: "Online ID dogtag" by Gideon Burton on flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0 This week's topic on "Online participation and digital literacies" focused on getting us to think about our own identity in the online space. In our own PBL group, someone asked, how did you start moving into the digital space, and how did your identity … Continue reading Online persona
We had our first ONL171 PBL Group 6 meeting, and it was wonderful knowing each other. Ours was such a varied group with members from Brisbane, Melbourne, Singapore, Pretoria, Sweden, France and Finland. Connecting and getting to know them, their work, their interests and passion, was good, we had a virtual tour of their workplaces! … Continue reading PBL group meeting – ONL171 PBL 6