Connecting & Networking – Topic 1

So, this weekend (after the Springboks redeemed themselves once again on the rugby field against Scotland) I was able to apply some thought to the scenario we were given for Topic 1Connecting & Networking.

I decided to create a Thinglink to arrange my ideas; while still a ‘a work in progress’, I thought I would share the link with you should you wish to check it out.

Your ideas, thoughts and feedback are very welcome!

https://www.thinglink.com/scene/707508038918995969

http:////cdn.thinglink.me/jse/embed.js

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Group 3 – First Hook-Up

29th September 2015

Today at 9am, I eagerly clicked on the link for my PBL Group’s first hangout (once I managed to find it, that is). It was great to ‘see’ everyone and put a voice to the images on the screen. There were 6 of us in the session, and we each gave a brief snapshot of who we are, where we are from and what we do…must mention Magnus, proud Dad of a gorgeous 9 month old, who checked in while driving his son around in an effort to get him to sleep. A multi-tasking man – only in Sweden I presume!!

Top of my to-do list after today’s session is to create our Group’s presentation; I am using a new Microsoft platform called ‘Sway‘ to put it together – this is part of my continued pursuit of what Doug Belshaw refers to as “Learning by making and tinkering”. 

Sway is fairly simple to use and it allows you to create and share polished, interactive reports, presentations, personal stories, and so on. What I really enjoy about it is the built-in design engine; you just click on ‘Remix’ and Sway will move things around, change colours and fonts and you can keep clicking until you find something you like – alternatively, you can customize it to make it your own.

Well, I’m off to “make and tinker”….I will post a link to the final product once my group is happy with my efforts!!

My Journey with ONL152

ONL152 - 2015

The morning began with my colleague (Ali) and I making sure that we had clicked all the links, joined all the groups, followed the Twitter feeds, created ‘circles’ and pretty much connected in every possible way to all that was ONL152. The time rolled on to 1pm (SA time) and we entered the introductory Webinar with much excitement!

It was great to see the ‘Participants’ numbers steadily climb, and the geotags on the Map begin to spread from Sweden to The Netherlands, and from Casablanca to the Faroe Islands, Pakistan and beyond – this really was a diverse gathering!

Despite a few sound glitches (and the Map mysteriously vanishing without warning), this first session was a great first-step. Introductions were made and we were given a clear summary of what we could expect over the next few weeks.

Week 1 (22 September – 6 October) is all about Connecting and Networking;  During these first two important weeks the focus is to familiarise ourselves with the online learning spaces and to connect with our PBL peers and facilitators. 

We also have to create a Blog and begin reflecting on this whole experience; I guess I had better get started…