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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…