The ONL course has (according to my current opinion) fostered an understanding of online learning in it´s higher definition from simple pdf downloads. At least at my programme many teacher would place equal signs beetween e-learning and the use of an LMS full of word processor documents and powerpoint type of files. In my own use I have previously added instructional videos and interactive flash media. As the ONL course has continued It has become more and more apparent that there is much more than that to be utilized. I had made some hurting and crippled attempts in setting up AdobeConnect meetings before this course but was so frustrated by tons of technical issues that I gave up – until now when I have learnt how to schedule and set up Google+ video hangouts (a small step for man – a giant leap for me). I have also learnt to appreciate the value of short instructional videos at a higher level than before. A pretty well packed toolbox has also been presented and a few of those have been very inspiring – diigoo probably most and padlet but many more as well.
I sense that the ONL course will have a major impact on my teaching in the future especially in terms of providing student groups the opportinity to meet with the facilitator online outside of campus. Escpecially handy for periods of extended self study and for the convenience of campus students unable to attend class. Also I might try out some of the collaboration tools prezis and padlets for student use. Need to figure out easy ways to integrate those into our Moodle structure. Im also more inclined to use Mahara as an online portfolio tool for my students to allow students to more easily select materials for presentation against summative assessment and also to provide a way to accommodate an online portfolio across individual Moodle courses.
I’ve always been very keen on using technology in my teaching and the ONL course has offered me some new tweaks that I hadn’t payed any attention to earlier. Most of all I’ve seen the major possibility to use collaborative tools – indeed very interesting.
A specific short term goal is to power up our Moodle page with some better instruments for collaboration – a paddle link maybe Google+ and hangout additions and much more. It would be especially interesting to try out a full scale online sub-course as a replacement to the current blended learning environment.
When I think back on the ONL course and where I learnt the most I end up in the numerous videos, good readings and interesting asynchronous communications. The synchronous tools, however gave me experience on using the tools but theoretical contents probably not so much. I’m therefore still in the mode of thinking where synchronous tools are for planning learning rather than learning per se.
So, in conclusion, I’ve experienced a very intense, content packed, friendly course that has been a great joyful learning experience despite the fact that, at times, time has not been available. Hope that there will be opportunities for future collaborations with the very relaxed, creative, and wonderful PBL peers.