Reflections on ONL172

The Open Networked Learning course is ending. This is the final blog post for this course. Rather than reflecting on previous readings, like in other blog posts from the ONL course, this blog post is simply reflecting on our time spent in this 2-week long course. The course instructors laid out several reflective questions, and so I thought I would take this opportunity to share my opinions.

  1. What are the most important things that you have learnt through your engagement in the ONL course? Why?

Some of the most important things I have learned are:

  • Various online presentation tools
    • Padlet
    • PowToons
    • Popplet
    • Prezi
      • Basically, lots of tools starting with a “P”
  • That speaking in group webcam chats is not the same as speaking in person
    • You have to be quiet longer
    • Allow everyone a chance to speak
    • Be clear who’s turn it is to speak
      • Having a conversation without much structure often leads to some people dominating conversations, while others rarely say anything
      • But less time for spontaneous and creative thoughts because of needing to wait your turn to speak
  • Technology crashes-
    • I knew this before, but it’s another matter when it happens during class time rather than personal leisure time

2. How will your learning influence your practice?

My learning will influence my practice by utilizing new tools in different circumstances. For example, I now know that it’s possible for students to talk with each other in various types of online group formats, including twitter. I can also change up course material by using different presentation tools that formerly I wasn’t aware of.

3. What are your thoughts about using technology to enhance learning/teaching in         your own context?

Well, I’m quite positive regarding using technology to enhance learning/teaching. Having said that, while I’m not familiar with more tools, we didn’t have a chance to practice all of these tools. In fact, most tools that I’m now aware exist, I’ll have to go off on my own and learn to use them. For example, we often used Zoom to host online webcam meetings. But I never hosted, only the admin staff hosted the meeting rooms. So I don’t know how to create a Zoom room or use different functions within Zoom (e.g. how to create a quick survey). So these are things I’ll need to learn outside of the course.

4. What are you going to do as a result of your involvement in ONL? Why?

As a result of my involvement in ONL, I’m going to put that I’ve gained 2 weeks worth of pedagogy on my CV. I’ll do this because I need a total of 10 weeks of pedagogy in moving up the career ladder.

I won’t be able to use any direct knowledge from the ONL course, as one needs to have online courses to teach in order to utilize this knowledge. But at least I know that things exist, and I can maybe look them up later, if I ever need them.

5. What suggestions do you have (activities and/or in general) for development of eLearning in your own teaching or context? 

One main suggestion would be to have different group members lead various topics, including inviting the group into the webcam chat, so people know how that tool functions. I would also make the eLearning course more about different tools and how to use them and when to use them, so that the student feels more comfortable using the tools, rather than needing to learn on their own.

1 thought on “Reflections on ONL172”

  1. Dear Michael,
    it was very interesting to take part of your final blog post about your learning in and from the ONL course…
    I hope you will have the opportunity to use this experience in your teaching, if not right now so maybe later! And I agree with your point that sometimes you do not pick up everything from a course, but then at least you will know where to go back and that there is something you can look deeper into if you´ll end up needing it…
    Hope to see you at KI, we are aiming to establish some kind of alumni network for teachers interested in e-learning etc., like those of you who have attended the ONL course.

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

    best wishes Maria


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