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Saturday, December 18, 2010

Blog Assignment : Fitting the Pieces Together

 Fitting the Pieces Together.

In all honesty, my view cannot be interpreted like change. It is better represented as “enhanced” by ever increasing pace of information every week. My ability to improve, access educational resources, and people’s network through blog websites. Finally, I learned more of new methods, skills, tools, software information, and gained knowledge on how to improve my personalized learning strategies, and how to integrate technology in instructional design process. 

In the past few weeks, I learned a lot as stated in my Learning Theory Matrix. It gave me the ability to  synthesize the various learning theories, by expanding my mental capabilities, comparing notes  and disseminating information as part of my work process, building personal network, and responding to various perspectives /feedback from my peers.

Responding to what role does Technology play on my learning? I will prefer to reverse the question to ask: How can technology better influence learning?
As stated in my discussion this week,  learners benefit from the use of a particular technology  when the method provided by the technology represents the salient part of student learning expectation, tasks, and aligns with the instructional design  usefulness of the concept as stated by the facilitator.

My experience in this course has been a fascinating one. I had no dull moment.  I saved a lot of resources, websites, software’s, and articles for future reference.  I would like to say that technology enhanced and encouraged me as a tool to dig dipper into numerous aspects of learning theories, learning styles, and resources out there.
Jonassen (1996) and other researchers have shown  that learning process might be changed as an effect of predominant media being used, because technology  or media has been successfully  evaluated  as a type of cognitive- mind tool.
 Technologies assist me to relate, associate and organize new ideas with previous knowledge.  In my understanding, I use technology for everything. I found out that a method may be applicable but the process may time-consuming. Technology has helped me to find the right tool for trade and complete learning and work process in a timely fashion.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Connectivism Blog Assignment

Mind mapping is a very valuable experience to me as an adult learner. Currently my mind map is simple due to my experience, but I look forward to see what my mind map will look like 6 months from now, or at the end of my program at Walden.
How has your network changed the way you learn?
As a self-directed learner, I take pride in working hard and getting comfortable by applying my learning experience. I like to connect to people if there is a need to do so. I have not been chatty about social network online because I so much value my privacy. My new experience at Walden has exposed me to meaningful social online network.
In the past, I used online search for fact finding, researched new ideas, and compared prices before shopping.  Now, my biggest learning tool is the Internet. With my online learning at Walden, I frequently log in to catch up with my peers, read responses, and respond to assignment or just browsing for in-depth knowledge about a topic of discussion. I am also intrigued by the diversity of perception of other learners on our discussion board.

Which Digital tool best facilitate learning for you?
As indicated by my mind map, I rely solely on the internet, the Walden resources and my peers to get work done.  I call at times when I need help with the technology aspect of the assignment, and I use the facilitator’s suggestions to complete my assignments as required.  I will prefer to conclude that I am using a combination of resources. 

How do you gain new knowledge when you have questions?
I search professional websites, Google, and use the resources provided by Walden University.  I take time to read the materials, and at times, I read twice to be comfortable that I know what to do. I relate new concepts to practical examples and experiences.  I explore additional readings and suggestions from my peers and informed parties. My new exposure to blogs has been another avenue to new knowledge.  When I struggle with technological application, I rely on my son who is a sophomore at Drexel University. He has been very supportive.

In what ways does your personal learning network support or refute the central tenets of connectivism?
George Siemens (2004) connectivism focuses on the integration of technology, social networks, and information in the learning process. If applied correctly, these three elements can lead to more practical experiences.  Though my mind map does not reflect equal use of the three elements, I feel that I am in a complete new world of knowledge and engagement by attending online courses.  I am using the knowledge gained to mold my thoughts, interpret, and create personalized learning strategies.
 Siemens, states that …” new information is continually being acquired and the ability to draw a distinction between important and unimportant information is vital.  Ability to recognize when new information alters the landscape based on decisions made yesterday” (Siemens, 2005, para. 24).
With this in mind, it is important for instructional designers to explore old and latest information, interpret and connect learners to make the best use of the combination of information available to them.

 Davis, C., Edmunds, E., & Kelly-Bateman, V. (2008). Connectivism. In M. Orey (Ed.), Emerging perspectives on learning, teaching, and technology. Retrieved from http://projects.coe.uga.edu/epltt/index.php?title=Connectivism