I will now just summarise the tasks during the course:
Task 1: “How about yourself?” was the first task and was aimed to be a way for the course to get to know each other.
Task #2 “What is e-learning?” involved a look into the subject of electronic learning, and what thoughts we had about this.
We were then asked to carry out Task #3 “Select a picture” where we were put into groups – chosen at random – and then requested to carry out Task #4 which was based on the choice for the third task. It involved us preparing our presentations of subjects including WBT and CBT etc. The fact that we worked together for this task – and we did throughout much of the seminar – meant that we incorporated a constructivist learning method – i.e. to work together to reach a learning objective. This was one of the topics that was covered in the final task Task #8 “Learning theories”.
Task #5 “Skype session” was first mentioned, and we were asked to prepare an online session for a time later during the course.
There was a constructivist element in this activity, as students in this environment are supported in their learning preocess, by themselves appreciating how they learn. It was also very interesting to have an insight into the learning environments of others, to see if one’s own environment could not be improved a little.
described the Skype session, where all of the members of the course had the oportunity to be present at their own computers or at the university; Ralf was also present, together with an expert on internet communication platforms. We had the opportunity to discover or further explore Skype, an audio-visual messaging system, allowing users to make telephone calls over the internet. It was an opportunity to see both the positive and negative aspects of the system, communicating with the whole course. More information is available by following this link 17th June Session and here too: Virtual Session.
Since this time, this system of communication has become an important way for me to communicate with an incresing number of friends, family, not to mention lecturers! It is a useful tool to contact those who don’t live just around the corner, and the “real-time” nature of this messaging system allows the users to communicate and send data quickly.
The final, or penultimate task (depending on whether or not the said student carried out the optional task Task #9 “A Day with the Learningtheories”), was Task #8 “learning theories” , where we were asked to research into the historical beginnings of learning theories.
This activity involved us working together for a common goal, although not automatically simultaneously. Certain areas were well known and therefore the first to appear on the wiki; the wiki gave us the opportunity to once again build upon our own – and each other’s knowledge – and work for a common goal to improve our knowlege in a constructivist way. Piaget would be very happy! The results we achieved were displayed on the seminar’s wiki. These were also presented at the seminar by my colleagues, which was also captured for eternity in the form of photos.
I hope that adds a little more clarity to things. For more infomation just click on a link for the other members of the seminar. Have fun!