Posted by Otaiwan Day at Thursday, June 25, 2015 2:23:44 AM
1. Engaging in these projects, what do you think is the most important lesson(s) you learned from this course?
- In this class, I learned to enjoy and welcome group work. I have an incredible collection of classmates who are all interesting and knowledgeable.
- I also learned that ID models/theories and technology are not mutually excluded. I used to think that putting some bit of technology would overall fix everything and learners will just automatically learn.
- I was struck on how young educational technology is. The defense for the best decade was fun to do but was even more interesting to learn about when and what technology was being used. Connecting it with the theorists were was really interesting too. That’s another important lesson for me was to separate learning theories with ID models.
- The importance of instructor presence in asynchronous classes was another important lesson for me. Dr. Hanshaw demonstrated how an active instructor can keep their learners engaged.
2. How did this course and peers help you learn the lessons? What are the lessons learned and key take-aways?
- Purdue webex is pretty darn great to have. Last semester I used another web conferencing tool for a group project, Mikago. But in the Foundations of Distance Ed class, I was able to get a Purdue webex account. A tool that allows each participant to see each other’s face is a nice touch. It should be done as often as possible.
- One comment that Dr Hanshaw made to us about our research paper was something like this, “We are emerging leaders in our field…” That comment stuck with me as I wrote my final paper. It also had an affect on me where I will not just take any project as a practicum or topic in a paper because I am not accruing a body of scholarly work that will follow me to graduation and beyond.
3. And finally, what are some areas, topics, and questions you would like to further investigate?
- Next year this time, I hope to be taking the Human Performance class (EDCI 528) so I was happy to learn a bit about that. I am interested in electronic performance support systems (EPSS) and knowledge management. I would also like to continue studying mobile device as a way of providing basic education to those who in remote and isolated regions of the world.