ONL152 – a reflection

Group 3The ONL152 journey was certainly an interesting one; as the course kicked off I was really not clear about the direction it would take – instructions seemed a little vague and the group I was in also seemed to be unsure of how we should proceed. In time, however, the discussions became richer and a cross-pollination of ideas and experiences really made the whole process really worthwhile.

Before signing up for a course such as this I think it is really important to carefully consider the demands on one’s time – it is definitely not a case of ‘popping in’ once in a while to see what is happening- not if you are wanting the experience to be meaningful. I certainly found this aspect of the course a real challenge – albeit worthwhile!

The scenarios we were given provided us with interesting ‘starting points’ for our discussions, however 2 slight adjustments would have made these discussions even better:
1. If we could have been provided with them the beginning of the course rather than only having them released at the start of each new topic.
2. If at least 1 of the scenarios was one that pushed us a little more; beyond one that merely focused on someone’s fear, anxiety, confusion, suspicion etc.

In hindsight, I really enjoyed this course and the opportunity to engage in this manner  – both with the open community and with the members of my group (3).

May the course, and its facilitators, continue to grow and improve!!

 

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2 thoughts on “ONL152 – a reflection

  1. Dear Liesl, I do agree with you both of the points you have mentioned. Although the scenarios in each topics were very much reflecting what I personally felt – anxieties and worries, however, it would be great if there could be several variations – such as we need to push the idea further, or we need to critically analyse the scenario person who is “too optimistic.” Thank you very much for your great inputs all through the PBL.

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  2. I’m glad to hear that you have had a fruitful experience with the course, and benefitting from the progression in collaborative skills, as you write: “In time, however, the discussions became richer and a cross-pollination of ideas and experiences really made the whole process really worthwhile.” I think it takes time to build collaboratively and cooperatively working groups and to make them function as self-directed groups setting shared learning goals and involving networks. To me Veletsianos and Kimmons put an important aspect of a course like ONL into perspective when they say this in their article, “Networked Participatory Scholarship”(2012): “This type of online course takes breaks away from the norm of 20th century university scholarship by positioning knowledge around social connections rather than around content, enabling scholars to re-envision teaching, instruction, their role as teachers, and the ways that knowledge is aquired in modern society”.

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