Regarding my own learning
So far, to be honest, I don’t have a very satisfying feeling regarding my own learning. Normally, when I feel like I really learnt something, I can at least sum up some big insights that I had. That’s not really been the case in this project so far.
I do of course know that those big insights are only a small part of the actual learning taking place. An important part of the things I learn usually revolve around the ways of expressing things, certain terminology and other small things. Of course that’s really important. Especially the way of expressing/communicating things is a thing that I’m very interested in. Since I know that that is one of the areas that I know I can have the biggest impact with if I improve it. But then again, regarding that I learnt a lot probably, but I cannot really tell what specifically.
Of course a big part of the learning of those small things is facilitated by my fellow students and the course facilitators. It’s their way of saying and expressing things, that I try to suck up (as a sponge) and make use of at the right time.
Regarding my peers’ learning
I think I can add a lot more to my peers’ learning than to my own learning. I’ve already been doing that in my group, since I am already very familiar with OpenIDEO and Ushahidi, and for a couple of other groups who are working on Basecamp. I find that to be really satisfying, although I have to admit as well that it is a little less satisfying having to do that in my own group. Since I’ve already been working in education for a couple of years now, developing human potential is really one of my passions. I love helping others in their learning and I always hope to ignite a little bit of passion and create wonder about the world around is. That is what I like to do in groups of 13 year old students, but still as relevant and awesome to do in groups of much older people. In the end I always try to inspire people in general, it doesn’t matter how old they are, but I’d prefer to see similar faces like in this picture of my students of last year:
One thing that I am really missing currently in the whole peer-learning process is a way to communicate the group progress. I’d love to be able to jump in on conversations that are really about the project itself. These reflections are good to read, but personally I don’t find them as interesting as diving into the subject matter for real. I do like to find out what the other groups are doing through a Google Hangout, like this week, but I would still prefer to really see what they have set on paper, regarding their topic. That is because I want to add comments to small details and provide bits of inspiration to the other groups, but I don’t want to waste another groups’ time on listening/having to read things they already know.