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.
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.
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:
The journey still continues, as they say. Despite the module drawing to a conclusion and the student led seminars coming to a close, there is still a lot to take forward from what I have learned over the past 12 weeks.
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.
All of the seminar evaluation forms have been completed and the last student led seminar draws to a close. The past ten weeks have flown by and I find myself coming back to my blog to reflect on what has transpired and what happens next.
Unit 4 of the student led seminars has seen us focus on up and coming technology, along with ‘the classroom of the future’. I thought for the purposes of this blog entry I would focus on a current piece of technology called ‘Swivl; what does it do you ask? Well let’s find out…