ZML Didaktik / Innovative Learning Scenarios

Learning journal – how do I learn?

Posted on: October 20, 2017

This week is a rather hard one for myself. The semester has started now, face-to-face and virtual student groups on slack, twitter, moodle, canvas, zoom, hangout and in the classroom (!) are fighting for my attention. I’m preparing a presentation which I have to deliver in about 5 hours … and I’m learning in two MOOCs. So – what better to do than to carry out an activity in the bizmooc Learning with MOOCs for professional development.

The objectives of this MOOC are to

  • Understand how learning takes place every day
  • Appreciate and develop the qualities, skills and knowledge you have already
  • Know how to learn effectively using MOOCs
  • Explore a range of digital skills and practices
  • Develop a critical approach to learning online.

And as the course is offered by a CC BY 4.0 licence I’m free to use it (as I already did with the learning objectives).

How do I learn?

Think of something you know about

I’m an online moderator/convener. I have learned it from Gilly Salmon and until now I have offered a lot of her e-moderating courses. Her 5 stage concept and the e-tivities approach is the basis of all my teaching and training activities. So I really know about e-moderation – and I love my online groups (5 students groups at the moment -Bachelor, Master, PhD- at the moment and our AtLETyC MOOC will start next week where the assignments are of course built as etivity).

Next, try to identify all the different stages of your learning.

  • I read the books e-Moderating: the key to teaching and learning online and E-Tivities: The Key to Active Online Learning.
  • I attended the courses E-Moderating and Beyon E-Moderating and when I first supported an e-moderating course as convener I was supervised by one of Gilly Salmon’s team. 
  • I built and offered around 50 online course for teachers, all based on this approach.
  • I wrote publications about my experience in e-moderating.
  • All the time I’m caring for my online groups.

Now try to answer these questions about your chosen example:

  • Why did you want to learn this particular thing? – I started with online courses in 2001/2001 and they didn’t work! On the other hand as theoretical physics student I had been a member of an online community starting in 1986. So I knew online collaboration can be great, I only didn’t knew how it works. So I urgently were looking for some theorectical concepts and practical examples.
  • What did you find was easy to learn, and what did you find was difficult? – As I was very eager to learn it was easy for me. But of course I struggled with time management, orientation, developing processes how to deal with many online learners.
  • Is this a typical example of how you approach learning something new? Yes
  • In what ways is it typical? I love to start reading something and then I’m always looking for the community, for interesting people I can share my ideas and questions. And I love the practice.
  • Are there any aspects of your learning in this example that are unusual for you? – With respect to my professional life this was my profoundest learning experience and I’m learning until now. In this week a student groups convinced me to change the technical tool during the group building phase. I decided to respect their wish and transferred the etivities from Moodle to Slack. I never would have done it before. And I’m not sure that it will work.


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