“Collaboration and networking” was a key purpose in me getting drawn towards this course, and Alastair Creelman and others confirmed this at today’s webinar! I am excited at connecting with new contacts from around the globe!
When I signed up for this course, my main concern was would I be able to keep up with the meetings, readings and assignments. During the first webinar meeting yesterday, most of my fellow participants had the same concern – “lack of time”. The support and encouragement from the course facilitators and co-facilitators makes you feel at ease, and the feeling that it is going to be okay. The scaffolds provided in the course – introduction webinar, aims of the topics, clear instructions, activity tracker – provide a conducive platform to start off.
Learning through PBL is a new experience for me, and looking at the efforts put in by my facilitators in my PBL group, and the enthusiasm of my team mates in the PBL group, I feel that this is going to be fun! Just had a quick glimpse of the Fish Model (Nerantzi and Uhlin, 2012), and looking forward to trying this model for our group work.
I started a blog many years back, but did not feed it with enough content/reflections. As I started setting up my reflections blog, I was not sure if I will be able to sustain it, but the metaphors and tips from my PBL group is sure going to help. Alastair said starting a blog is “like having a puppy, it needs regular food and exercise” while Kay said it is “like a garden that needs regular maintenance and upkeep – with the need for regular weeding (spam, updates) and replanting and watering!”
I am glad that I am keeping up with the course outcomes: be familiar with the ONL171 learning environment, and to connect and network with my peers and facilitators.
Looking forward to my PBL group meeting!