One day, she saw a big, inviting, adventure loaded rabbit hole.
She stuck her head in to see if she could spy what lay at the other end....
.... but all she could see was darkness.
Adventure was too tempting for this little rabbit. She hopped in, hoping for the best.
Where would the rabbit hole lead? Did it lead to the other side of the burrow? Was it a path to a different world?
Little did she know, a long journey lay ahead with many challenging lands to traverse, but the rewards she sought lay at the end of the path....
.... or was it the beginning?
Diving in to Critical Thinking for the first time was an eye opener. Something that seemed so foreign and unachievable, was one of my favourite weeks.
Exploring Bayne's article and considering the terminology of Technology Enhanced Learning and it's use in Higher Education vs it's use (or lack of) in the commercial sector clearly shows where the drivers are for the not thought out terminology. Clarity needs to be sought on the HEA's defenitions of this where it considers TEL a synonym for elearning, and a way to increase student experience.
Thinking from a different perspective, Tracy's networked learning focuses on praxis informed by theories and values to display a system with scope for improvement rather than enhancement, could this be a more holistic approach?
To celebrate my new found discovery that I can in fact critically analyse, I had an elephant party debrief!
Open Everything. But is open actually open?
This week saw me explore the idea of openness in relation to experiences I have had of MOOCs. Openness inititatives are to widen access to learning and training and effectively remove barriers by making learning accessible.
Brown and Adler set the scene of why there is a need for openness in education, making assumptions about individuals ability to self-direct and learn without frameworks or guidance of a teacher.
Bayne, Knox and Ross discuss perspectives masked by assumptions in open education and highlight the need for openness and willingness to engage with teacher contact for OERs to be successful.
With teacher involvement, could open still be open? Should it?
Earn, Issue, Display, Understand.
Motivational cookies to craft powerful learning experiences.
How does encouraging this openness, cause closures?
Is their longevity in badges? Will they ever replace a certificate?
Lets get metaphoric. What you see is a data pool. Each tiny droplet of water represents a single piece of data or a data droplet. Droplets can connect to create streams. They can be added, or taken away. But once they're there, there will always be a trace.
We move some of our data droplets to a pool, this one is more active than the last though.
This week we looked at the LARC, which I found to be challenging. On the surface it appeared to be intrusive and judgemental. I reflected that these feelings stemmed from a lack of context or understanding of why it was done, when it was done and how it was done.
I questioned whether I would change my behaviour through out the course had I known I was being watched. I enjoyed having my thinking challenged on this as my first reaction was very narrow minded.