I originally had a very basic two sentence statement, but during these last two weeks, and after more time for reflection, I suspect that I’ll need to consider my learning style in order to write a decent blog on “NGL was useful as Learner”. It felt reasonable to post my results at the very beginning of this learning journey.
As a result, I thought I’d attempt the VARK questionnaire which identifies various learning styles. There are four types: Visual learners, Aural learners, Read/Write learners and Kinesthetic learners. As you can see I apparently displayed no great preference for any style. So, when attempting to learn the content provided by this course, and how to teach coding for children, I will probably fare better with resources that cater to all learning styles.
In addition to understanding my learning style, I should understand that efficient learning in a networked manner, according to McLoughlin and Lee (2008) will require the implementation of connectivist techniques which facilitate personalisation, participation and productivity – the latter two being key words. Though I see this happening in EDU 8117, it is harder to envision with my learning task. Though I’ve found MOOCs I could join, time is an issue. Blogs are available for me to post on, but to me it seems quite impersonal in that I’m not sure of getting responses to questions I pose. I guess my feelings are reinforced by the lack of posts on each other’s blogs that Nikki, Mitch and I experienced during the first six weeks or so. What does seem meaningful however, are the Facebook groups on this area. Facebook groups in general create a sense of community as their instant chat systems enable questions to be asked of people in real time once I befriend them (McInnerney & Roberts, 2004)
McInnerney, J. M., & Roberts, T. S. (2004). Online learning: Social interaction and the creation of a sense of community. Journal of Educational Technology & Society, 7(3), 73-81. Retrieved from http://www.ifets.info/journals/7_3/8.pdf.
McLoughlin, C., & Lee, M. J. W. (2008). The three p’s of pedagogy for the networked society: Personalization, participation, and productivity. International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 20(1), 10-27. Retrieved from https://netgl.wordpress.com/.
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