Topic 1: A course, a community, an approach?

I am a professor, teaching in a vet school in Turkey (Erciyes University). It has been about 20 years since I started teaching animal nutrition classes. After all these years, I thought I should justify my classical teaching techniques and the meet the needs of students in learning process through 21th century. Changing became my key word for a better teaching-learning journey. Then, I decided to take the course Open Networked Learning (ONL201). I believe it is the right one for me.

The course ONL201 has a philosophy of “a course, a community, an approach” which I did not think about at first. It is a course for sure but what about its approach? As we go through the course I release the meaning of “approach”. To me, it means widening the thinking of teaching using various technics for today’s methods which make not only the learning but also teaching easier. The term “a community” does not make sense for now. But, I am sure it will be a nice surprise soon for all of us.

Problem-Based Learning (PBL) method was the exact the way of thinking of the cases (scenarios) similar to the same problems (concerns) we might face when we offer an online course. It is precisely the real world cases for educators and learners as well. However, I found the FISh model for individual, pair and PBL group inquiry not really useful because when we discuss about the scenario within the group, the ideas come to minds by themselves. This may also be due to the fact that we got used to it after the first topic. In Topic 2 we did not use the FISh model as much as we did for Topic 1, I believe.      

Learning how to use of teaching tools of today is a big advantage for me since I have never used Zoom, WorldPress blog, Coggle, infographic, and so on before. The ONL201 gave me a chance to learn these techniques although they might be considered ordinary tools for other participants.     

References

Fraser, Sharon and Deane, Elizabeth. Why open learning? [online]. Australian Universities’ Review, The, Vol. 40, No. 1, 1997: 25-31.

Ragupathi, K. (2020). Being open: drawing parallels with the Coffee House model.         

Topic 1: A course, a community, an approach?” için 2 yorum

  1. MAKING SENSE – THE ONL COMMUNITY

    Dear Osman,
    Thanks for your nice blog. I recognice myself in your text, being a ONL participant with you right now and also not previously exposed to several of the tools we so fara have been taught during this course, but enjoying the new wisdom I feel I gain every week. I do like what you write: “To me, it means widening the thinking of teaching using various technics for today’s methods which make not only the learning but also teaching easier.”
    I am not sure, but maybe this kind of personal sharing (of thoughts as you did in your blog) and others (like me) connecting to those and recognizing oneself, could be part of the answer of what is “a community” as I am with you that this is yet under the surface for me, too. I feel we are sharing something so far beyond what we can express, but maybe also sharing a feeling that it will gradually be discovered. And that make sense.
    See you in the community!
    Best wishes,
    Vanja

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  2. Your blog is now up and running! The idea of a learning community will be discussed in topic 3 but is a major aim of the course. When a course becomes a community it becomes more than just a course to be followed to the end and then forget. We hope to help participants create new networks and colleagues that will benefit them in the future after the course has ended.

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