ONL222 – Summing It Up!

My key takeaways: Group Dynamics – Know how to satisfactorily reconcile different perspectives especially if a group member takes a strong stand. I observed three approaches. A)  As the stakes were low in the course, there was nothing to gain by disagreeing which might create unpleasantness and tension. Member A always conceded and went with […]


Topic 4: Blended Learning

What is blended learning? We grappled with the definition and concluded that it could be ‘anything we want it to be’. To me, blended learning is like a smoothie – a mixture of several nutritious ingredients carefully titrated (balanced) to cater to customers’ preferences and optimize health benefits. The product is constrained by the ingredients […]

Topic 3: Collaborative Learning

Like the previous two topics, I believe that collaborative learning (CL) has a gradation of values. There must be a clear purpose for CL. In the right situation, the benefits of CL are indisputable. For e.g. in research, it will be inefficient for each researcher to work individually, making the same mistakes, duplicating data and […]

Topic 2: Open Learning & Sharing

I wanted to unpack what ‘open learning and sharing’ means. Is openness always a virtue? The more open, the better? A member of my PBL group seems to think so. I wasn’t sure about this. At the personal level, I learn a lot of things without the need to share with anyone; in fact, people […]

Topic 1: Digital Literacy and ‘What’s in it for me?’

David White’s framework for mapping individual digital literacy – from visitor to resident, personal to professional is very useful. There are apps/tools that I am mandated to use at work (e.g. Canvas, Panopto, Examsoft, IMMS, Teams), some of them used infrequently like twice a year (for exams only) and I struggle with them each time. […]

Connecting 26 Sep

Great to meet the facilitators, participants and especially members of PBL Group 7 on Zoom (Anna from Finland, Florentina from Switzerland, Thomas & Meilin from Sweden, Melissa from South Africa. Melinna was not able to attend today). Facilitator Gregor tried to coordinate 2 common times for group meetings but it was quite challenging. Due to […]

ONL222 Intro Briefing 22 Sep

Hosted by Alan Soong and met SG fellow participants on Zoom. It felt like taking a ride on Thunder Mountain :-). I had no doubt that it would be an exhilarating experience but the initial part would be a steep climb for me. Alan spoke about the use of collaborative tools like Miro, Padlets, etc. […]