Collaborate, we did!

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!

What is education for? Biesta (2015): Summary & Reflections

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 it important to me?

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?

Student engagement and participation in online learning (Part 2)

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)

Student engagement and participation in online learning (Part 1)

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)