Bachalpsee and Schreckhorn by Esther Bättig Neusch

What are the most important things that you have learnt through your engagement in the ONL course? Why?

Working in a group can be goal-oriented, instructive, and helpful. Each individual brings in experiences from their private and professional fields, which together can lead to completely different approaches to solutions than if one tries to answer a question alone. The result may not be quite as one would have liked, but the way there is at least as important and enriching as the overall solution.

How will your learning influence your practice?

In my working environment, I am very limited in course design, since the courses offered by a university library should be integrated into the curricula and the authority over this lies with the module managers. However, if the cooperation goes well, I can also make a difference and stimulate what may help to optimize teaching. Our teaching nuggets, which we provide, can also be improved based on what we have learned (e.g. task formulations). I can also influence cross-university E-Learning bodies when important aspects (e.g. OER) have to be taken into account in discussions.

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

„Media contribute to learning as much as the truck that delivers our grocery.“

Richard Clark (1983)

In my opinion, the use of different technologies in the classroom needs to be given a very good thought. Very quickly, the use of various tools can squeeze the technical content to be conveyed. In addition, the use of technologies does not mean that the teacher doesn’t hardly has to be active after the course has been created. As we learned in Topic 4, the role of the teacher is redefined and extremely demanding. As a trained primary school teacher, I have to say that not much is really changing. The role has always been important and challenging when it comes to tasks to be solved independently or in groups. In higher education, the idea that group work can be used to reduce or outsource teaching work looks to me to be quite widespread. Is it possible that the role of the lecturer in group work has not received much attention in university didactics, which seems to be changing with E-Learning? Hopefully!

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

I highly recommend the participation and experience of an ONL course and have already done so. Participating in the position of a student gave me a lot of eye-openers.

Lessons learnt – future practice