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Is it A-(not)OK?

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.

“The Blog”

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?)

“The Group”

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..

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This was originally published at Ayesha Nabila


The online facilitation program works really well for me, my classmates and my teachers. It works just as the teacher manages discussions and learning activities in the traditional classrooms, as it is online. It also gives us an access for a bigger and more interactive structure that recognizes the social and interactive elements of knowledge and construction. 
So far the facilitation structures such as Google+Hangouts, Google Docs, Facebook, etc., have been useful for our individual and group project (online discussions with tutors,..) serving us in one very effective way.
The online facilitation could be a powerful source for us if we understand the dynamics of online communication and interactions and learn more effective ways of facilitating, teaching and learning online.
In the next few weeks i want to design the right mix of online and off-line activities for me that will help me to create my own online facilitation process. I think that’s really important for everyone to have his own skills and techniques of facilitating.

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This was originally published at Alex Peykov's Tumbleblog

номер два – Research Framework

In this moment of such a rapid technology we have a huge opportunities of creating innovative communities. Facebook is not a new way of community or anything like that. It’s just trendy up to date way of communicating which poped up just in time to  offer people the gap which those days networks (myspace, etc.) missed. It involved short messaging and at that time, better privacy settings (this matter is very much discussed atm., but lets leave it for later).

There are in my opinion way many more interesting networks like where people are taking internet connection into real life. Livemocha offers language learning, but it’s special side that you have that community of world wide where people are ready to help you with your struggling learning language. That you could do from home. Although facebook is very well build, integrated with apps and up to date.

Now it’s working corporation. And that what some people scares.

There are many other ways how to reach your community. Not talking about other social networks like twitter and so on, interesting detail that myspace had made it’s comeback. Now with clear face of music social network.

So one thing we may learn from myspace as they did now. You must identify your communities interest. The one main link which connects people. That i think what answers my second question. How you communicate and where it does not really matter, what matter is that you would have really good face of community.

Then you have your fundamentals and can apply innovation, even to your facebook page. Start creating apps, connect your network spread from ebay to wordpress blogging if you need, but with a clear face a network has no limits.

These days we have such a big network. It seems there is no borders, so in order to connect people, we have to build the clear Framework which they may feel and see. The people will join if it’s honest and visible. 

Thank you thank you.

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This was originally published at strange Behaviour

Personal Blog Reflection Prompt #5

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.

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This was originally published at Bart Hoekstra's Tumbleblog

Personal Blog Reflection week5:

During the past five weeks, that was a brand new experience that I never had before. I think everything goes well so far. Of course, at first I confused about the class, like what’s the purpose of it? What this class expect from me? Step by step, I am quit clear what’s going on right now. The combinative way that Project community class used is helpful for facilitating my learning.

In terms of the teamwork, we divided our role clearly; everything is on the right track. I think the facilitator in my group is our team leader who always give us direction about our group work and make the working process smoothly. In addition, the tutors are also involving in both online and offline communications. Like, on our group platform (FB), not only the students here, also Shahab and Nancy are included, they are definitely good facilitators for the community.

I found out that it is useful to have both synchronous and asynchronous communications for PC study. At the end of every week, we post reflection blog, then, we comment on others’ reflections and also get feedback. What else, the video upload every week for previewing the class, these communication styles belong to asynchronous side. During the class, we use synchronous ways, we work with people face-to-face collaboratively, and we can ask questions we had and get answer immediately. I think this is a really good combination between synchronous and asynchronous communications, which facilitate the whole learning process.

To being a peer facilitator, I think what I should do is participate actively and share more with others. It is impossible to keep the entire group motivated by a single person. To my opinion, the key for facilitating each other is that everybody hold active attitude to involve in.


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This was originally published at becky..xu

Week 5 – Online facilitation

As you think about the learning you are embarking upon here at the university, reflect on the role that your instructors and fellow students play in facilitating yours and their learning. What are they doing?

After more than one month I would say that the role of our instructors at the university is definitely different to the role of my teachers at the school I went to before. Before for every move for instance speaking up in class at school I was graded for and now it’s more up to myself to do something. Now the instructors have a kind of ‘guider’ role, what means that they are helping us to find the way to the goals. Best example for that is Wednesday when we have the projectcommunity course, because when our group doesn’t know how to continue as of some misunderstandings, our tutor is explaining the assignment in different clear words. Afterwards the tasks for us as a team are more clear and we are getting easier to our goal.

My fellow students are facilitating my learning a lot because I am the type of a bad ‘classroom learner’, what means that I am better in learning at home. So it happens sometimes that after a course I have no clue what to do and then it’s time for the friendly help of my fellow students which I really appreciate. With regard to the teamwork it is really motivating for me to see my group mates working hard so that I am getting motivated by them as well. It is also helpful taking the role in a group in which you are good in so the belbin test is a nice orientation though.

In the group work it could be sometimes interesting to share the separate results of everyone in a better way during the work to the group result. Sometimes I only have a well knowledge about my own work, even at the end of the group work. At this point we could maybe concentrate more on the interaction of the group work, so working more together. As there is probably a way to share our separate results in a better way.

All in all my instructors and fellow students are taking a very important role on my way to my goals at the university.

For your commenting on others’ blogs this week, maybe you notice where another colleague has contributed to your learning through their facilitation and let them know when/where it happened and how it was of value to you. Are you game for that?

For sure that!

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This was originally published at FreshFresher

week 5

As you think about the learning you are embarking upon here at the university, reflect on the role that your instructors and fellow students play in facilitating yours and their learning. What are they doing?

I think that the people around me are of course the most important part of my learning experience. Not only in the traditional teacher-student sense, but even more importantly the discussion way. I have already made a few realisations about the teachers. They really appreciate your input and immediately take it on board in improving the course. This really motivates me. I like having a say in what I learn and its making me actively participating. From the students around me, I am learning a lot of things. A lot about themselves of course, but also about their cultures. Which is quite interesting. I also like to find out what type we subjects we have a similar opinion on. I like that sustainability is such a big and important issue in our class.

How is it facilitating learning and teamwork based on what you have experienced so far? What has been useful?

As for facilitating teamwork, I don’t feel like an extra effort has been made. We obviously have our area 51 in which we can hold team meeting. But in this course we have also learnt to use things like Google plus, on which we had google hangout meeting which is good and something that has been useful. 

What would you like to see and experience that you haven’t yet in the facilitation of this course from yourself, peers and faculty?

I would like to see more working together online. Sometimes I feel like people forget the online spaces that we work on (like google drive and facebook) when they reach home, but its a great way to do homework together. You can see other people doing work and add in stuff as they go. This creates the spirit of discussion, even when you are working on something alone. The biggest let down with the faculty is that the wifi isn’t alway dependable.

For your commenting on others’ blogs this week, maybe you notice where another colleague has contributed to your learning through their facilitation and let them know when/where it happened and how it was of value to you. Are you game for that?

I will do!

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Influenced by others preferences?

My personal preference plays of course the biggest role when choosing the tools. But looking back I can see for my own that there is a big influence by my environment for choosing a social network. First it started all with a simple Chat page where people had nicknames and entered a digital room to chat with friends or random people. Then it started that people where moving more and more to social networks where you could present yourself with a profile picture and everything else about your interesting life.I experienced that everyone for instance of my class or friends where moving at the same time to a different social network like right now facebook, a kind of a ‘Moving’ I would say. People who are not registrated are missing a lot of things and everybody is forced in a way to join this community, otherwise for example in our class I couldn’t join the facebook innovators group.

So in that case today I can see that my personal preference was forced to change as I preferred the social network I was using before. That was a reason why I was one of the last followers who joined facebook and here I would say that looking at other preferences not really influenced me. It is more the fact that you would miss a lot of things if you are not registrated.

Looking at others preferences can be very interesting and helpful as well for choosing for instance a design software. When I ask around and most of the people are mentioning the same software except a few, then I will try the most mentioned software pretty sure. But if I found out after a while that I couldn’t work with this software I will try the other one too and finally my personal preference will take the decision.

So all in all looking at others preferences can be interesting but at the end my personal preference has mostly the biggest influence on my tool choices.

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How much does your personal preference drive your tool choices? What if everyone else in your group had different preferences? How would you proceed as you steward the technology? Does looking at others’ preferences and perspectives change your view as a tech steward? Challenge you?

My personal preferences drive my tool choices, I use Bloglovin’, a rss feed website. I could have done it in another way but because the website suited me, and I thought the website looked nice and worked in a way I could easily understand.

If everyone else in my group has different preference than my own I would first try to convince them of my preference with solid arguments, but I will come around if their arguments are better than mine, I have no problem with that.

I steward the technology by naming its merits and when needed I explain the way the technology works. Which is more necessary when I am talking to my mother than it would be for example talking to my classmates.

Some people has the influence on me to change my preferences. People I know to have knowledge about technology and I think will also understand my need for user friendliness will have an easy time in changing my mind. They challenge me to broaden my horizons and try new things.

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This was originally published at Investi-gator Laura

Spidergram of OpenIDEO

Spidergram of OpenIDEO

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This was originally published at Bart Hoekstra's Tumbleblog