positivism and constructivism, the Matrix of eLearning (well it feels like this to me)

I’m in the process of starting what will hopefully be one of my last modules within the fantastic MSc Blended and Online Education (BOE). This module – Educational Research Methods and Practice is effectively preparing us (the students) for writing and researching our dissertations.

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Second Discussion Forum Post: Online Course edX: BlendedX Blended Learning with edX

I participated in a optional course activity which required me to do the following:

Create an in-class activity that encourages collaboration, provides opportunities for formative feedback and maximizes the blended learning experience. I posted my idea for a blended learning classroom activity in the discussion forum.

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First Discussion Forum Post: Online Course edX: BlendedX Blended Learning with edX

I made my first optional discussion forum post this evening in my chosen online course; BlendedX Blended Learning with edX.

I decided to share my experience of using Yammer as a way to facilitate online synchronous discussion between students and staff. My post can be viewed in the course discussion forum or below:

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Reflection of Supporting the Blended and Online Student Experience Units 1 – 4 (Part 2)

I really enjoyed the discussions found in Unit 3, the focus of was on Reaching the Online Learner. I found myself particularly drawn to the models of inquiry and the analysis and discussion around these aspects. Cleveland-Innes, Garrison & Vaughan, have developed a fascinating framework Community of Inquiry (CoI) which analyses the characteristics and behaviours of text based computer communication for educational purposes.

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