On Friday, we met for the very last time in our PBL-group. It feels like we just started functioning together as a group, and now we have to part ways. Maybe there should be a sequel to this course, where you continue half pace?
We discussed our experiences of the course, the positives and the less positive aspects. I think our facilitator summed it up very well, when she said, “The course is the course”. By that, she meant (to my understanding) that everything beside the actual topics also is the learning outcome or the hidden curriculum. The course is a learning experience where team building and group dynamics, PBL-work as a method, stepping out of your comfort zone and interaction is as important as the actual theories or topics we cover. At least for me, I really do feel that the way in which you work in this course is the foundation of this course.
What are the lessons learnt and what do we do in the future? What I am going to do from now on is to introduce more collaborative and interactive methods online in my practice. I don´t think I am the only one who have had the perception that online courses often are very individual and you work alone in your on pace. It is convenient to take an online course, since you get to choose when and where you do your tasks. However, the fact that you do feel alone in a course in a crucial way also lead to much completion fails. During the second topic, we discussed dropouts in e.g. Moocs. The statistics shows, that astonishing many drop out, already after the first week. The same applies to our PBL-group and apparently other groups as well. Some people never showed up, even though I respect their reasons for it, it is still a pity.
My practice is in no way massive open online courses, I have very limited groups of students, but I think the same psychology applies. If you feel anonymous, invisible or alone – or maybe even worse, the teacher is anonymous and invisible, it is hard to motivate yourself to finish the course. What I have experienced during ONL, is that online courses can and should be very collaborative, interactive, playful and fun.
I feel that, I have received tools and somewhat developed my digital literacy in order to work further on course design and plan useful and hopefully enjoyable courses for our students.
ONL has been a good experience. Very frustrating and hectic at times. When I scroll around in the course content and my own contribution, I hardly even remember talking or writing about certain topics. It is a time- and energy-consuming course. I would still recommend the course to everyone. It is a great opportunity to learn, grow and question your own practice. It is also very healthy occasionally to be the student yourself.