What are your thoughts so far on open & networked learning?
I had a chance to participate in this class 3 years ago and it was structured much the same as it is now. As a person who was taking part as a non credit student I enjoyed the class, now as a person who is actually taking the class for credit I’m less sure. I have documented some of my struggles with Social networks and using an online network for anything other than social reasons. I have been reading my colleagues blogs and haven’t had much to say as I have different interests and concerns surrounding this technology. I feel bad that I haven’t been participating more but I don’t really know what to say in response to other people’s posts.
What are the pros and cons of this type of learning experience?
Pros: We have access to experts in the Educational Technology and can get feed back from our classmates.
Cons: For myself I wanted to take this class because I was hoping I would gain some insight into how things are progressing in terms of social media but it seems like we are just looking at things that I have been using off and on/have had access to for a few years. It feels like if technology is moving as fast as people say it is that things should be different already.
How can we improve this learning experience?
What I be interested in is looking at the communities that are formed and how they become prevalent and then how they get integrated into people’s daily lives or get tossed away. Even some of the negative things that come out of the use of Social Networks whether it is from /b/ or various people using them for their own benefit at the expense of others. It is these stories that will allow us to mentor our students to see when people are trying to take advantage of them. I find the networks themselves interesting and not just in the context of education but the tools themselves.
Does any of this inform the way you teach or learn (or could/should teach and learn)?
Yes and no. Alec has been a good example on how teacher/professor can make their classroom open. It hard for me to give my students the same access to myself and the tools we use in the classroom as they are so specialized. I know that I am absolutely spoiled with the amount of technology that my students and I have access to that it provides a barrier to us working outside of the classroom.