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ONL152...signing on!

More exciting, the second time around...


For the second time around, I joined the Open Networked Learning course but this time as co-facilitator. I never expected that I will enjoy collaborating with other people online without knowing them personally in different beliefs and cultures. Life indeed is the process of life long learning and making connection with others is one way of acquiring new knowledge. Well, I am pretty sure that everyone you will meet know's something you don't. Knowing people I guess is like "harvesting", just like getting the good crops and leaving the bad ones. Well getting or selecting brilliant ideas from others and not really paying attention to the irrelevant ones will be a good tactic.

Being in ONL152 is very fulfilling because I can share my experience to the new participants and help the ONL course better.  I can really see my self the first time I join the ONL, some are not really familiar with the tools like google hangout but here I am…

Concluding week – ONL future perspectives

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By Learning you will teach...by teaching you will learn!Since most of the participants of ONL151 are academic practitioners, I can say that this course made us realized that by learning we can teach and by teaching we also learn a lot of things. In fact, the course was designed properly that made us experience how to become a student and enhance our teaching skills as well. With the aid of all the digital tools, activities and suggested readings and resources upgrades my own teaching skills.
Well, enrolling in ONL151 is a remarkable experience for me because I was given a chance to work with people whom I do not know personally in the beginning of the course but end up collaborating with them to perform different tasks needed for the course. Working with new acquaintances is a bit difficult but if you will just be cooperative and do your assigned tasks, everything will be alright, not to mention the assistance and support of the facilitators. Honestly, I found it hard to interact in th…

Topic 6: Designing Learning Environments

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Design is not what it looks but how it works....


Of all the topics in this course, I can say that Topic 6: Designing Learning Environments is the most interesting topic for me because designing in general is not an easy task to do, you have to bring out the creativity in you without loosing the real content of what the subject matter is. What more in designing learning environments which is actually the foundation of learning and the encouragement of students to actively participate in the course? But what is a good design or shall we say how can we measure if an online course is properly designed or not? A lot of models and frameworks are available but the question is what fits the most or what is the most effective among them?

I agree with Professor Gilly Salmon on her interview about "Scaffolding for Online Learning" where it necessary to help students gradually engage with online learning, which acts as a design tool and a guide for the student, and the actual framework …

Topic 5: Open Educational Practices

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Beyond Open Access...
When I started checking the suggested readings and resources for Topic 5: Open Educational Practices from ONL151 course main site, the term "resilience" from Weller, M., & Anderson, T. (2013) got my first attention. Aside from it sounds good to my ear :) I guess, resilience in general means the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties and I think that is really positive when it comes to education. Perhaps, digital resilience will be a big factor to achieve the life-long learning process since a lot of people are trying to contribute in the innovation of education. Well, I can say that Open Educational Practices (OEP) is a good and beneficial because it supports the generation and use/resuse of high quality Open Educational Resources (OER) governing policies,promoting advanced pedagogical models and empowering students to become co-contributors of their life long leaning path. Students can actually benefit from different leaning resources to enhan…

Topic 4: Reflection for Flexible & Mobile Learning

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Learning that Matches your Lifestyle.... picture of my old laptop way back 2009 at Misurata University, Libya with roses given by a student As an educator, everytime I heard flexible learning I always think of it as learning that matches your lifestyle. Before, we have to adjust and find time to go to school but now it became a business-based that the students are being considered as customer where they can learn with their own free will. 

When I was trying to look for some resources to contribute in our PBL Group discussion about how to design flexible learning to make people happy and comfortable, I found an interesting article that catches my interest  in relation to flexible learning. Though the article is not recently published, I really like the way the author represents her own framework for flexible learning. It is like making the term "flexible learning" easier to understand.
In the article “Growing Knowledge: How to Support Collaborative Learning e-Discussions in For…

Topic 3: Reflection for Collaborative Leaning

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Everyone you will meet knows something you don't.... picture from: http://www.memorialprivateschool.com/academics.html

Collaborative learning is becoming a common trend nowadays in different universities internationally. Once people heard about this topic, you will expect different reactions that differ on people's perspective and nature in life. For me, I believe that in collaborative learning, we always expect learner’s participation and the factors needed to design effective collaborative learning.
When I was working for topic 3 together with other participants of the PBL group where I belong, I have started by searching the definition of Collaborative Learning and the one that catches my attention is thatCollaborative learningrequires working together toward a common goal from Melinda Dooly in her article entitled "Constructing Knowledge Together". I believe that collaboration entails the whole process of learning that means that the participants are responsible for…

Topic 2: The Digital Me

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As I looked back when I first started using computer, I realized that change appears to be the only constant in the digital world. From Charles Babbage, Allan Turing and Augusta Ada Bayron to Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and other personalities who contributed their knowledge to the modern digital world that makes our life easier. 
Honestly, when I enrolled BS Computer Science in the university, I don't really have any idea what it is all about. All I know is that we are going to use computer and I am interested to do so, then the digital me have started... 
During my school days in college, I used "WORDSTAR"for simple word processing tasks like making reports, reaction papers, letters etc.(much better than using a typewriter anyway),"LOTUS123"for basic spreadsheet application and if I want to put some black and white images, I am using "Print Magic" a software that contains a collection of images. On the other hand, for programming I used COBOL, Assembly L…

Topic 1: Connectiong and Networking

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Open Networked Learning is an interesting program to enhance our career in E-learning. Life indeed is a continuous process of learning, if you stop learning, it is just like you also stop living. I have been teaching for almost 15 years and experienced different teaching pedagogy in delivering my lessons, from using visual aids, posters and card boards to a sophisticated digital approach. Now, in the era of digital learning, I am very keen in using different tools that will help me design good materials for my students. 

Now that I was given a chance to participate in ONL151, I expect to learn a lot by collaborating with different people on their own field of expertise. Therefore, I am looking forward to learn more about Open Networked Learning and apply it in my profession. Being part of PBL Group 4 is a good experience since this is my first time to collaborate with other people online though I did not meet them before. We will be working together and expect to submit output from sha…