In my last blogpost for the ONL course I have conducted an interview with the ONL learner Ida – Ida has interviewed Ida. Well, eh, that is actually me interviewing myself. The intention of the interview was to let Ida summarize the knowledge she has achieved during the course and reflect a bit on how she intent to use that in her future teaching.
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Interviewer Ida: What are the most important things that you have learnt through your engagement in the ONL course?
Interviewee Ida: It is a bit difficult to say what the most important thing is. I learnt so much, and the new knowledge in combination has been important. However, to mention a couple of things, to get a new a positive experience from working in a group with collaborative tasks was important to me. Further, how to use creative commons and were to find material I can use in teaching and research was very useful. And of course, all the new tools for presenting, teaching, learning was significant. Not least, how our course facilitator, Anne Whaits, practiced her role is something I learnt a lot from.
Interviewer Ida: Why is that Ida? Why do you find these things you just mentioned so useful?
Interviewee Ida: First, the experience with group work, and how to make it into such a positive experience will not only be useful for me when I use collaborative work in teaching, but also when I myself have to cooperate with other researchers and teachers. I think the students will be able to achieve better results, and in a much more enjoyable learning situation. Second, all the new tools I got accustomed to, and the how to use creative commons correctly will be of vast importance for me, again, both in my teaching activities and for me research and in regard to presentation of research results. Using our course facilitator as a role model and adopting her interactions with us as learner, which I found very useful, will also be a good experience for my own students I think.
Interviewer Ida: Ok, I understand, that sounded most achieving for you. Can you however be a bit more precise? How will your learning influence your practice?
Interviewee Ida: I think I answered partly to that question above. I can however elaborate somewhat on the answer. I will be a more active facilitator for my online students, and also, when appropriate, try to change the traditional teacher role into more of a facilitator role. I will only use material with CC license. I will also be a more active facilitator and structure the group work for campus students better. I have new knowledge about many tools that I will teach my students. Or, maybe they already know all the tools, being part of the citizens of internet generation.
Interviewer Ida: Yes, that is right. Maybe the students have a lot to teach you about this. So, what are your thoughts about using technology to enhance teaching in your own context?
Interviewee Ida: That is where the world is going. It is no getting away from that.
Interviewer Ida: So this interview is coming to an end. As a last question Ida, do you have any suggestions for development of the ONL course?
Interviewee Ida: I think the course was very well structured and generally good. I do however have one suggestion for improvement. When the course finished we, in my ONL group, got an e-gift from our facilitator. That was a “Symbaloo webmix gallery”, another one of all the tools we have got to know during the course. In this e-tool our facilitator had collected links to all our collaborative and individual works, in addition to useful links that we have used and learned about during the course. Everything orderly collected at one place. That was a great and most useful gift that will be very useful for me when trying to put all of the things we learned into practice, and for refreshing what I have learnt. However, if I had this tool at the beginning of the course, I think the course would have appeared less chaotic to me and easier to follow. I had a hard time just to follow all my own new tools, such as the blog, the e-mail, the google+ for my group and for the whole community, the google drive, and the course’s webpage. I had to use a separate browser only to try to be able to collect all of these things and try to keep an overview. To have this overview tool and be able to add things to it as we went along would have helped greatly during the course.
Interviewer Ida: I can fully understand that Ida, and hope that this will be something the course facilitator can think about for the next course. Anyway, thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions Ida. I wish you good look in your future teaching, and hope that what you have learned at the ONL will be rewarding for you and your students.
Interviewee Ida: It surely will! I am looking forward to integrate my new knowledge in my future teaching.