Before I start whining about everything -(in a good way, these are mainly the impact that partly of the learning group are dealing with), in the first sentences of each outlines I would like to stress out some thoughts regarding this awesome novel online learning experience. Are you ready? here we go!
(before doing the blog post i had a little chat with Juste, Felix and Anita accompanied with fried-banana-choco-cheese-wrap).
outlines: reflective posts, synchronous learning, group project.
Reflectivity, or asking students to analyze and draw conclusions about their own learning, often in writing, is an amazing tool. By using reflectivity, teachers can encourage students to be more deliberate about their learning. Reflections are also excellent classroom assessments, teachers can use them to gauge student learning and revise their lesson plans accordingly. However, no tool is perfect, and there are many disadvantages to using reflectivity in the classroom.
juste said: one of the things she noticed about online learning that went confusing at start then OK along the way and eventually didn’t go quite well was the ReflectiveBlog Posts. Well Juste, the feeling is mutual.. and here are the reasons why:
Less Genuine Reflections: Because many reflection assignments are tied to self-assessments, students may not write honest reflections if they are afraid that admitting they did poorly will reflect negatively in their final grades. When students write dishonest reflections, they don’t learn the analytic skills that are such an integral component of this type of activity.
Blow off: After spending so much time on the class activity that we are writing reflectively about, some may see the reflection as a “blow off” assignment, which neither allows them to learn from the activity nor gives you important classroom feedback. Plus, some complain about not having the interest to read other blog posts due to ultimate boredom of the context, so they won’t even bother or give a feedback
“The Hang out”
The single biggest advantage in online learning programs is interactivity they offer. To some people, it means enabling learners and instructors to share ideas in a virtual chat room. Just what constitutes ‘interactivity’ is hardly clear for me. To others, merely posting a question on a bulletin board qualifies as interactivity. (I’ve explained some points regarding this before in my previous post).
Where did the “spark” go?: I found the last google hang out didn’t go very well, one of the downer of Synchronous learning -Technical problems, and what has it affected us? -no engagement and poor confused Felix (he didn’t understand the objective of the hangout). Everything was a little blurry, well more than a little, everybody were busy with themselves at the moment -according to the fact that we were playing “Need For Speed” before the lecture had started and continued to play with drawings on SmartBoard during the hangout -it was fun, though. We were losing focus, as time elapsed we tended to lose that “spark” (I’m trying to be outspoken, I hope none of the tutors are offended. Besides, the post’s supposed to be reflective, right?)
I found out that Anita’s group has a very strong leadership disposition. The leader (in this case, Busra) can create confidence in the individual members of the group so that they can finish their tasks more efficiently. In addition, the leader make herself available to the individuals in their work groups if ever they have questions or need guidance. Knowing that a good leader is always there to guide creates a confidence in workers won’t be seen without proper leadership.
In comparison with my group, everything is slightly the same. But what’s different is that Busra has that essence of a good leader figure, it’s something innate (as Anita explained so) and we kind of struggle to finding that right figure to undertake the role -This has caused poor timing and task management.
In conclusion, good leadership brings good team work, good teamwork brings visions of working together, energized and creative. Everyone’s resources are essential and valued. Members with their differing styles of work and leadership are sources of energy.
SO! how are we doing so far? struggling..