As we come to the end of this summer class it seems like a whirlwind. I look back at my first week of blogs and it feels like I just wrote them yesterday and at the same time feels like it had to be months ago. I have grown more confident from this class. My fear of writing and blogging is almost gone and I enjoy it. I can now tweet and share my information with others as well as see what they are doing and sharing. I have learned to use apps like Picmonkey, Pixler, WordPress, Canva, Soundcloud, Imgur, and Hypothes.is. I also know that I am not limited to just these apps because I have learned how to learn and struggle through. I realize that I do not have to learn alone, there are many people out there to collaborate and learn with. I now have the tools I need to find these fellow explorers and start this collaboration.
You can find my Final Course Portfolio here.
The following are the answers to some of the questions that were given:
- You as a learner in this course: My learning in this course was different than other courses because it was self-directed. I chose my own theme and I was instructed to elaborate and dig further with readings and find something that related to my focus theme. I alone was responsible for how much I was going to get out of this class and how much I was going to reach out to others both in and out of the class to further my learning. While there were required assignments each week, the amount of effort was my responsibility. No one was grading week by week and a couple times no one even read or responded to a blog post. If I wanted a response, I needed to put myself out there and use twitter to promote my thoughts. The DS106 community was fun and challenging. It was helpful to see how others had created their projects and I gained so many ideas from classmates as well as the DS 106 community. I hope to continue challenging my learning by participating in the DS 106 daily creates and assignment banks. I would love to get my students involved in something similar. I love to solve problems and this class provided several opportunities for problem-solving with the help of others.
- Your co-design of this course: This class was designed as a “pull” class with students actively involved in their learning and responsible for helping others learn. Hypothesis was an amazing approach to required readings and annotations. I wish every class would take on this format. I gained insight from my peers and had rich conversations in the margin of my readings. This was social learning at its best! This class was student directed. Many of my other courses have been so consumed with grades and “to do” lists that there is no freedom to explore and learn about your individual passions for technology. I learned how to use so many tools through the DS 106 Daily Challenges and Assignment Banks. Tools that I had never had time to explore before. Because we were able to choose our own theme, I was passionate about my learning – I was inspired to do the work because it was not just work, it was something I wanted to learn more about.
- Your understanding of pedagogy: I have decided that an instructor is more like a director of activities instead of a giver of all knowledge. During this class, we were given just enough information to get us started and then it was time to self-direct and figure it out. The biggest takeaway from this class was that I was reminded how to learn. If we give our students all of the answers then we are doing them a disservice. They will not remember and they will not know where to go to get the help they need. We must let them struggle to find the solutions and feel the pride of knowing that they have accomplished something. Not because someone held their hand step by step, but that they figured it out with their community and did it!
I am completing this class understanding that my learning does not stop here. I can rise to a challenge and I want to inspire my students to tell stories throughout everything they do in life. We all have an important story to tell.