11 thoughts on “Connected Learning”

  1. Hi Anne

    Thanks for visiting my blog. I was and still am a bit confused about the outcomes and what we should do. This situation gets clearer as we progress further. I guess this openness, flexibility and confusion is part of the learning. Thank you for the direction on where to take my blog in terms of audience and aims. I will share my reflections and experiences here. I do find the duplication of effort cumbersome. If I write in this blog, do I copy and paste in the main ONL Google+ group and then again in my smaller PBL group?

    The first topic “Connecting and Networking” was good in that it allowed us to downsize the group, and interact and learn in a smaller group. It was very motivating to connect with people from across the globe and share ideas and knowledge. The topic pushed us to the tools which was exciting and fun to use. Sharing each others fears, doubts and questions provided some comfort that you are not alone in this quest. The time period is adequate so as not create too much pressure.

    The scenario is on target because it posed similar questions that went through my mind. The main scenario question that affected me was what do I actually write and post on the open forum. There is an element of doubt whether you are saying the correct things, how will the participants perceive you, etc. Fear and self-doubt become the main obstacles in the introduction phase.

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  2. The recommended readings are very informative. The DISC technique is very applicable in teaching my class, I think it is very practical. The 4 paradigms of online learning has useful practical instructions. I do find that the readings are too vast and wide. I would prefer some structure and purpose. I am a traditional learner and prefer structured outcomes and themes, within the literature I am reading. I find the new tools and apps easy and fun to use (maybe because of my IT background). There are some challenges within the tools e.g. when you want to do something similar to another tool and the feature is either absent, or hard to find, or use.

    Traditional teaching is dying, albeit very slowly. Many of my colleagues always complain how good it “used to be” and how “difficult” it is now. The diagram on Connected Learning and the associated website provides me with a fresh perspective on this challenge; and is directly in line with the aim of ONL161.

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  3. Interesting thoughts Rajesh! I can recognize a lot of what you’re writing about here from my own time as a participant last year. PBL is quite open, you and the other participants can decide what you want to focus on. Sometimes hard and a bit “fuzzy”, but maybe also a blessing? The topics and suggested reading giving you a framework to operate freely within? How do you see yourself as the organizer of and the one structuring your own learning?

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      1. Yes, I agree on that. If the learners aren’t used to that kind of pedagogy, it takes a while to take on that responsibility.


  4. Thank you Rajesh for your interesting thoughts! I must say that I’m also somewhat confused. I’m more used to the structured course, and not used to this kind of openness. I also agree with you regarding that self-doubt is an obstacle. It is almost like I’m shy in this kind of forum.
    However, do you really think that traditional teaching is dying? I don’t see that. I see Online and connected learning more as a complement. Maybe you can comment on this.

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    1. Hi Lena. My explorations this week into flexible learning and last week in collaborative learning confirms my thinking that traditional learning was effective and brought us to this stage. However, with rapid dynamic change occurring today, traditional learning can become outdated. Some articles have been written about the “uberisation of Education” which supports this thinking


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