Archive for October 10, 2014

Thoughts on Online Learning.

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Few days ago, I had a “facebook” dialogue with a friend who is currently taking his Doctrate. We talked about the news posted by The Brunei Times (Brunei local newspaper agency) on Slow Internet hampering online teaching: expert. You can read it here [Link]

So here are my collective feedbacks on the issue:

true. since the arrival of elearning or mlearning the broadband efficiency are still needed. not only for adult learning but elementary schools and secondary schools requires the same necessities. How will speed, bandwidth and cost will actually comes together as a real beneficial? In campus, I think as substitute of internet; the intranet and local server would be a more pros, however the infrastructure and the server components itself is still needed at best ( and be costly too).

I’ve done my online learning.. not once.. beside the matter of the internet.. their infrastructures and the learning (content) materials that was offered.. you may want to look on the audience. When I did mine, I brought my intrinsic motivation.. I like the course, I like the way the lectures sold it.. and when I participated it, I was engaged. But not all participant stayed, not all submitted and not all graduated. And if I was some kind of doctor lecturing in a university (amin), I really wish to do research why the decline of interest on finishing the course.

I believe in elearning and the successfulness of it must be linked with content, infrastructures, the ix and iu and the audience (psychology factors) and the “technology availability” bridging the audience to the elearning.

Last one.. for elementary level, I’m confident I can create elearning ix and iu.. I can be confident to create elearning that are parallel to our curriculum. I can even create (online) flipped classroom experience.. however.. if majority of my audience/ students doesn’t have access to efficient internet connection or technology to read it, and discipline to use it at home.. then it will be a waste of several elearning spectrum resources.

My friend created an ideal scene:

For argument’s sake, lets say we have speedy gonzalez internet, and we have all these online learning tools, we already know that ITU’s 2013 report stated that Bruneian youths are 73% odd “digital natives” and all this lark. We have the perfect storm. The best setup imaginable. Can we then say online learning will be successful?

I responded:

Its how we see online learning purposes and usage. I mention this because, people can see it several ways: Successful online learning because it was built as monument or milestone of 21st education. Successful for education purposes for providing its learning objectives, instructions content and collaboration activities that partnered them with assessments; Or online learning successful because of the high numbers of people enrolled into it (popularity:quantity). And again, the successful of online learning is clearly on how we see it.

Because from where I see it, if you want to provide successful holistic education, then online learning is also be part of it.. both increasing participants and how quality the learning instruction and how trustworthy the systems of assessment are and how educators can collect datas and portfolios on learners learning.. Thus the benefit of online learning and achievement of it, is measured by how it can articulate learners’ learning with gathered learning datas..

 

“Teachers First, Collaboration is Key” toward effective 21CLD

Imagine and picture this:

Imagine in every schools that every teaching staff are passionate to improve their teaching instruction through collaboration between teachers in their school but also given permission to collaborate with other teachers from other schools. It’s not something that should be force, but it is something that schools’ society naturally do – rather hesitate to do collaboration as to see other teachers as competition. I believe these sort of collaboration will gives a lot benefit such as to identify and solve “teaching challengers” to actually help learners and effectively to redesign their teaching towards 21CLD approach.

It is common in Brunei to practice Whole Group learning or professional development while also committed to attend workshops and seminars conducted by the Ministry of Education through their varies departments. However, some strategies are yet to be introduce and practice in each school internally or schools within a cluster. These strategies include: Small-Group Training, Teachers observing Teachers and Individual Coaching.

Currently, I’m in my three year training (2 sessions every year (2014-2016)) with ClassPoint Consulting (Singapore) on Cognitive Coaching (Individual Coaching) on Assessments for Learning organised by the Department of Schools, MoE. This training will not only help us to effectively give feedbacks to teachers, but also help the coachee to identify their own strength while also helping them to see what they can identify by themselves to improve their teaching instruction. It’s 100% Coachee’s point of view with no judgement by the coach. I’ve tried few times with one of my teacher, and it does help to set goals and improvement in teaching’s instruction!

About a month ago, I viewed a video published by Bill & Melinda Gates foundation where Mr. Bill Gates had a chat with Washington State Teacher of the Year Katie Brown. In the video she explained how her school adopted several strategies how teachers learn and collaborate with other teachers. It’s a very inspiring video to all schools and it is clearly proven effectiveness.


Please visit her blog : http://mycoachkatie.com/index.html

Ingredient: All teachers want to improve; Open-mindedness; Leaders to embrace collaboration. Giving teachers time to do collaboration. Understand what, why and how to collaborate.