Saturday, February 16, 2008

Reflecting on my journey during this course, I realise, like the fish in this cartoon, Web2.0 technologies can seem like a lot of new web 'junk'. This course has helped me realise the potential of exciting new tools, that create opportunities for learning.

Grosseck suggests that students are already digitally fluent, so education must give students the knowledge they will need to in a web2.0 workforce. Grosseck also suggests that educations should 'assume a new attitude' and set ourselves up as innovators in creating opportunities for new pedagogical frameworks. I feel this is what the course has been about.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Back from the vast desert of internet-less land

Having just spent the last two weeks without internet, I realise how engaged I have become in this course and how much I miss the interaction of colleagues, watching pages develop and reading how friends are getting along in the course.

In the article Learning at a Distance: Engaged or Not?, the authors report that distant online learners are often more engaged in the learning process than their oncampus counterparts, except in the area of activies and collaborative engagement.

"Student engagement takes many forms—intellectual challenge, active and collaborative learning, meaningful interactions with faculty, and the perception that the learning environment is supportive of the student's efforts to overcome obstacles to learning"

The authors suggest that online courses should encourage collaborative activity, which I believe this course has tried to do with the Knowledge Garden. In my last unit of the Masters, I find myself more engaged than ever before in the process of learning through interaction.