Is 1+1=2 or is there more to it? The coming two weeks will be all about learning in communities, networking and collaboration. Most of us have experience of group work, that for some reason hasn’t worked so well. It may have been cooperation rather than real collaboration or there may have been social loafing involved. So, how can we foster collaborative learning and how does this change the way we learn? How can networking, in this age of social media, be used for learning and how can we build Personal Learning Networks (PLN) to support this? Is there a recipe for making collaborative work a fruitful experience? To interact and learn together with peers in different formats has become an integral part of student centered education. Technology offers new opportunities for interaction and forming new kinds of social networks, including learners as well as facilitators and experts – but also offers challenges, such as keeping focus on learning processes, and not only tools, in online environments.
Activities for all learners
Common course events
Tuesday 13 April, 11:00-12:00 (CEST).
Thursday 22 April, 11:00-12:00 (CEST).
Learning blog – reflection:
Towards the end of the topic 3, share your reflections in your blog and if possible have a look at how others have captured their stories. Suggested themes for reflection in your learning blog:
Don’t forget to read and comment on peer’s blogs!
PBL group work
For guidance on PBL group work including the FISh design please see Learning activities.
Scenario: “Most people I’ve come across have a rather weak idea of what it really means to learn collaboratively. Mostly, we fall back into the group-work mode from school – we divide tasks between us and glue them onto the same board when it comes to accounting of a group project. When digital tools is inserted into this equation, things tend to get even worse: if one person in the group happens to be familiar with the tool, then work lands in her/his lap. I would like to add an extra dimension to the course I’m leading by introducing collaborative elements, but how can I get people to really recognize the value of becoming part of a learning community and collaborate with their peers in a way that makes use of all the different competencies that group members bring into the work?”
By the end of this topic, you will have had the opportunity to
COURSE SYNCHRONOUS ACTIVITIES
Webinar Tuesday 13 April, 11:00-12:00
with Kay Oddone & Alastair Creelman, (CEST). (check your timezone)
Tweetchat Thursday 22 April, 11:00-12:00 (CEST)
Learning in communities with Kay Oddone & Alastair Creelman, (check your timezone)
During this topic I have: