Topic 5 – Lessons learnt & future practice

Reflecting on the ONL course, I’m incredibly grateful that I had the opportunity to participate.

One of my favourite sayings is “a smooth sea never made skilled sailors” and there were mixed emotions whilst doing the ONL course but I believe I have become more skilled in my profession and have a greater perspective on the topics covered in the ONL course.

The time factor (course tempo) played up from time to time and trying to actively participate towards the end of November felt like I was heading into a storm in a row boat …but the encouragement from group members helped and perseverance prevailed. That is one of the factors I enjoyed the most, the unique members that made up Group 4. Prior to ONL I had never spoken to a person from a Nordic country and it was insightful the different views.

In summary, looking at the below questions:

  • What are the most important things that I have learnt through engaging in the ONL course? Why?

The course definitely highlighted the importance of collaboration and how value can be gained from individuals bringing different skill sets to the group dynamics. Whilst one individual may have a high IQ, the sum of a group that is effective IQ far out strips that of one individual.

  • How will my learning influence my practice?

It has definitely made me reflect on my own practice and encouraged me to think out the box when preparing for lectures.

  • What are my thoughts about using technology to enhance learning/teaching in your own context?

Although I lecture Computer Science and continuously incorporate technology into my lectures, the course did introduce me to technology I had not yet worked with. I’m totally open minded to the use of technology in education however I do believe in balance and the importance of working with printed books and writing notes.

  • What are you going to do as a result of your involvement in ONL? Why?

I am continuing looking into a Masters (M.Ed) in this field and this course has highlighted the importance of blended learning. Why? It’s the present and the future …and it’s incredibly exciting.

  • What suggestions do I have (activities and/or in general) for development of eLearning in my own teaching or context.

I will like to promote more group work and place more emphasis on PBL with technology.

In conclusion, I really enjoyed working with a great group and a big thank-you goes out to our facilitators Alison Engelbrecht and Charlotta Hilli and the PBL group members consisting of: Victoria, Pardis, Yumna, Lena, and Frida.

Our final presentation

Thank-you to the ONL team for providing us the opportunity to partake in this course.

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