Individual reflection Valentin Sch

Topic 5: Lessons learnt – future practice

Exploring Digital Learning Landscapes: Navigating Education’s New Horizons

In an era where technology has become an integral part of our lives, the way we learn and participate in educational spaces has undergone a profound transformation. During the course, it was possible to dig into four topics that enlighten the ever-evolving nature of education in the digital age.

**Topic 1: Online Participation & Digital Literacies**
As the digital era is part of our lives, the importance of online participation and digital literacies becomes undeniable. We discussed the art of effectively engaging in online learning environments, going through digital information, and cultivating the critical thinking skills necessary to navigate the vast sea of online content. I can better see now how to use my pedagogical skills not just as a tool, but as a dynamic platform for learning and expression.

**Topic 2: Open Learning – Sharing and Openness**
Open learning is closely related to collaboration and knowledge sharing. In this segment, we explored the power of open educational resources, the principles of open access, and the democratization of learning. By digging into various open learning models, we gain insights into creating, sharing, and benefiting from openly accessible educational materials, creating a culture of inclusivity and lifelong learning.

**Topic 3: Learning in Communities – Networked Collaborative Learning**
Learning is inherently a social effort, and the digital landscape has amplified the possibilities for collaboration and connection. This module illuminates the concept of networked collaborative learning, where we explored how digital platforms enable them to connect with diverse communities, share insights, and collectively construct knowledge.

**Topic 4: Design for Online and Blended Learning**
Effective digital learning experiences don’t just happen – they are intentionally designed. In this topic, we have immersed learners in the art of crafting engaging online and blended learning environments. From pedagogical strategies to user experience design, we gain the skills to create interactive, learner-centered modules that leverage technology’s potential to enhance comprehension and engagement.

Global reflection


The concluding weeks of the course mark a significant juncture where peers and facilitators collectively engage in a process of shared reflection. This phase embodies the essence of the entire learning journey in the ONL course, as participants take stock of their learning experiences and explore the intricate roles between newfound knowledge and its application in both present and future contexts.

The impact of the learning experience on the development of personal learning networks and professional practice is multi-faceted and profound. The course serves as a catalyst for expanding PLNs, enabling participants to connect with like-minded peers, collaborate on shared interests, and engage in meaningful dialogue beyond the confines of the classroom. The exposure to diverse perspectives and insights from across the digital learning landscape enriches one’s own understanding and broadens horizons. This newfound network becomes an invaluable resource, nurturing ongoing learning and providing a platform for ongoing engagement with current educational trends and practices.

Professionally, the course has succeed to create a safe place to develop our ideas, thoughts, and debate of digital literacy and a nuanced understanding of open learning principles. I now have more tools to design and implement effective online and blended learning experiences, harnessing the potential of technology to enhance the engagement and knowledge retention of my students. This newfound expertise enables teachers to create innovative, learner-centered environments that deal with diverse learning styles and preferences.

However, the journey is not without its challenges. Adapting to the digital era and developing openness can be challenging, particularly for those accustomed to traditional teaching methodologies. Navigating through online resources requires an open mind, and finding a balance between maintaining one’s unique teaching style while integrating technological tools can be a delicate task.

Looking ahead, the next steps involve the integration of newfound knowledge and skills into my daily practice. I can experiment with innovative teaching strategies, blend traditional and digital methods, and engage in continuous reflection to refine my teaching approaches. Collaborative initiatives can lead to joint projects, research collaboration, and the exploration of emerging pedagogical trends. Overcoming challenges requires ongoing commitment and leveraging collective intelligence to innovate.

In conclusion, topic 5 helped to reflect on the overall course for pedagogical consolidation, and projection. The learning experience fundamentally transforms personal learning networks and extends professional practice.

Final words


The course was helpful to put some words on the pedagogical challenges teachers are facing daily; we went through the complexity of modern education, so on how to shape the future. By digging into these interconnected topics, we acquired new skills, insights, and perspectives that we need to develop the pedagogical skills, necessary in our digital era. We contribute meaningfully to the ever-evolving world of learning and knowledge sharing.

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  1. Lotta Fröjdfeldt August 10, 2023

    Here you summarize your learning topic for topic and see your journey. Then you reflect very interesting about the course on a meta-level and find it beneficial both for your PLN and your broadened view on things. You see the course as a success in many ways. This makes me wonder what you will try out in the future in your own teaching? I am looking for the concrete examples. You mention this in a broad sense, and maybe it isn’t that clear to you yet? In the conclusion you see the value of reflecting on the journey. This makes me wonder about the written reflections part of this course: To put your thoughts down and sharing them this way, as well as commenting on each other’s thoughts: How has this influenced your journey?

    -Thanks you VERY much for sharing so openly!


  2. Valentin Scheiff August 10, 2023 — Post Author

    Hi Lotta,

    Thank you for your comment.

    The reflection on my own work was indeed missing and I updated my thoughts for the different topics.

    What I enjoy in life is debating on different topics with friends or colleagues. The thing is saying/writing is not the same as implementing in real life. I would like to do more than I say but it is not possible every time and I regret this. It could be by lack of time or afraid of the results. As teachers, we are impacting student life, and doing something differently could lead to something not expected, for better or worse. So, making any changement is more or less easy to do.

    As we were in an open space discussion with seminars given by experts giving new tools for our teaching was the best part. I am not confident at the beginning, being in a new group, but in general, it is a good experience.

    In my daily teaching life. I think I will update some of my courses depending on the different models we have seen during the course. Creating more active participation should be one of my most important tasks and future improvement. I still need to try some tools such as Forum discussions, Group discussions, and debates between the student and myself to create constructive engagement from students for their future. Gamification is something I would like to try also.

    I will also continue the discussion with my colleagues who arrived at the same time as me, so as to adapt my and also their courses.
    I hope to succeed!

    Most of the things I have seen in the course I didn’t know about their existence before. When you are teaching at the university level, you don’t need to participate in pedagogical courses for your first class, it comes with time. So you are trying, but except if you are a full-time teacher, it is impossible to learn all the tricks by yourself, and the discussion we had during this course influenced my skills only in a good way. I need to learn how to be a teacher, and the pedagogical course can help me to become a better one.
    Sharing and learning are the best words to describe how teaching should be.


  3. Lotta Fröjdfeldt August 11, 2023

    Thanks you for your personal view upon this. A teachers journey is truly long and never ending… 😉

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