Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Thoughts on FOC 08 Course

First of all I would like to thank Leigh for being such a great Facilitator: always there to help & lots of great tips and suggestions, but never dictating or impressing his opinions on the students. Well done Leigh!

I really enjoyed the communication both via e-mail & blogging. It was very interesting to see different perspectives and ideas develop through the communications. There were some very helpful hints and lots of problem solving from all participants.

The discussions were thought-provoking and motivating. The discussion about facilitating, teaching or moderating I found particularly interesting because it brought out a perspective I had never considered before so I learned a lot from that.

I am not great on the technical stuff but found I enjoyed experimenting in Second Life & online networks. It made me see the difference between a network & a community more clearly. Also visiting Second Life made me realise what wonderful learning tools virtual worlds such as Second Life could be. There are many other programs & tools available but I didn’t explore them in depth as at present I don’t have a purpose for them but I will know where to look when I need them.

I did find it difficult to read all communications because there were so many on different topics I tended to read the blogs & e-mails I was interested in, otherwise I just got bogged down with the reading of communications & behind in the tasks we were expected to do.

Overall an enjoyable, practical and very useful course providing ideas and some tools which I can use in our Community Learning Centres. Connectivism (a theory of learning by communicating with others and sharing ideas) is a great way to learn and can be applied to all learning environments.