More than ten weeks have passed since we started the course called Open Networked Learning. We have gone through different topics, tried many new tools and probably had over 20 online meetings in Zoom. In this blog post I will summarize what I’ve learned and how I will go about applying this in the future.
Here are some of the things I’ve learned:
Different digital tools
I really like the many practical skills we have picked up throughout the course. Some tools I had used before, but many of them were new to me, such as Zoom and Adobe Connect (for online meetings), padlet and Sway (for presentations) and canva, easely, and piktochart (for making infographics).
I can now define digital literacy and understand that different people are at different places on the visitor-resident continuum, and what that means for their ability to learn in the learning environments I try to create.
OER’s are available to all and can help us focus less time on creating materials, and more time on interacting with learners. Working in Sweden I’m lucky to retain copyright to what I create during work hours and that means I also have the right to make it open to anyone.
This may be the most valuable skill I’ve picked up in this course. We have worked collaboratively in the PBL groups using mainly google docs/drive, google+ and meeting in Zoom. I had not expected this to be so successful but it was and it has shown me new ways of collaborating and communicating, both with students and with colleagues.
PBL has been the approach throughout the course where we have worked with different scenarios, to solve problems and report back. We have used the FISh model, which helps structure the work.
How I will use this new knowledge in the future:
This course has opened up my mind to collaborative learning and the seemingly endless possibilities of online tools. I believe that this knowledge is valuable for my development as a higher ed teacher, but also in my work as a researcher and science communicator.
- I will encourage my students and co-workers to work more collaboratively and to focus much more on getting a good communication between groups. I realize that this will require quite different course designs (or project designs) where we take the time to get to know each other and figure out how to work together.
- I will use more digital tools and look into open educational resources. I believe in openness and will try to share as much as I can of the material I create. I will also create assignments for the students where they use digital tools to report their findings. I’ve not worked much with infographics before but I’ve always liked how they look, and seeing that they are so easy to work with I will try to use them as course outputs, instead of long report assignments.
- I will take some time to read more about the ADDIE model, Constructive Alignment, the Five Stage Model, and Community of Inquiry. Right now I’m only teaching small parts of courses, but I will hopefully get more extensive responsibilities in the future.
ADDIE Model Instructional Strategies: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL20E84CD77B301A20
CoI Model: https://coi.athabascau.ca/coi-model/
Constructive alignment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVKezLcGi9c&t=2s
David White: Visitors and residents (part 1) http://youtu.be/sPOG3iThmRI
Kek, M. & Huijser, H. (2015). 21st century skills: problem based learning and the University of the Future. Paper Third 21st Century Academic Forum Conference, Harvard, Boston, USA.
OER Commons: https://www.oercommons.org/
Salmon, G (2013) The Five Stage Model. http://www.gillysalmon.com/five-stage-model.html