Journey’s End? Far From It!

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A world of Lord of the Rings…” by Dirk Förster is licensed under CC BY 2.0
“Don’t adventures ever have an end? I suppose not. Someone else always has to carry on the story.”
 ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

So I have been reflecting a fair bit as we complete ONL171, and this quote really struck a chord. Even as the course draws to an end, the adventure itself (in networked and open learning) has only just begun; having had the opportunity to participate in the course and been introduced to such rich material, the least I can do is carry on exploring and learning, and share stories of my “learning adventures” in this space, so to speak.

So what treasures have I managed to amass along this ONL171 journey? To address this, I will take key points from the infographic that my wonderful PBL1 group members  and I put together for this concluding topic: Continue reading “Journey’s End? Far From It!”

My Fledgling Thoughts on Blended Learning

When the ONL171 course embarked on this topic, I must confess that my initial thoughts on blended learning were at best scant and superficial. I’ve learnt much in the weeks since, but short of applying what I’ve learnt and designing a blended learning course, I daresay there’s still a lot of room for me to learn and improve where this topic is concerned. Continue reading “My Fledgling Thoughts on Blended Learning”

A Look At My So-Called Personal Learning Network

You know the course you’re taking has made some impact when you notice changes within yourself, such as a shift in perspective or a positive change in one’s behaviour (hopefully). Thanks to my interaction with the ONL171 community, both on a micro (within my AWESOME group PBL1) and semi-macro level (the rest of the ONL171 community), I’ve noticed that the following has happened:

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On MOOCs & Students: What New Instructors Should Know

[In this post, I reproduce the collaborative document that I worked on with my PBL group mate Erik for Topic 2. It was our contribution to the learning blog our group PBL1 developed for Topic 2’s presentation.]

Dear colleague,

I’m glad to hear that you are interested in starting a MOOC at our institution. 
Indeed, there is no denying the potential of such a method for course delivery, in terms of its potential to reach a global audience. According to Shirky (2012) ,

Continue reading “On MOOCs & Students: What New Instructors Should Know”