Openness vs social interaction
Openness. Flexibility. Convenience. These all sound like great words and things to strive for in online learning. The ability to learn anywhere, anytime, whenever it suits. The option to start a course at any time and work through it at your own pace. But how does openness work alongside social…
Exploring learning theories: Connectivism
In this second post on learning theories I'm focusing on the 'learning theory for a digital age' - connectivism. This learning theory, posited by George Siemens acknowledges that knowledge is expanding exponentially. While knowledge was able to be measured in decades, it is now being measured in months and years…
Exploring learning theories: Andragogy
One of the goals I have at work is to explore three learning theories that I can embed into the design of the courses I'm developing. The first theory I'm exploring is andragogy. I'm focused on andragogy first as it's supposed to be the adult equivalent, if you like, of…
Shaking things up
Well, since my last blog post things have definitely been shaken up in my life literally and figuratively. So this is a bit of a catch-up and get up-to-date kind of post. I had the privilege of earning my stripes at CORE Education by receiving the great yellow lanyard as…
uLearn16 presentation: Professional blogging for beginners
What a privilege it was to once again share my passion for professional blogging with a great group of educators at uLearn16! For me, professional blogging is a simple, yet effective, way to capture our learning, practice and reflections as teachers. It's a great way to capture evidence towards our…
Embracing the new COOL
Communities of Online Learning - it's the new COOL. Overview As part of the Education (Update) Amendment Bill that was introduced to parliament last week, we were introduced to the concept of Communities of Online Learning, or COOLs. This gives option for students to enroll in online learning providers as…
"We don't know what we don't know" - So what can we do about it?
In my work I often hear the following... We don't know what we don't know Seems fair enough, right? I always thought so, but recently (after hearing it a lot) I've really be pondering this statement and am starting to wonder if it could, sometimes, just be an excuse. I…