The course has come to an end…………….or?

Why should I take this course again? I started this course this autumn 2015, and really crashed in this course, so I decided to drop out, but my conscious said something else, But from the start I always had a feeling of being after, all, all the time, and the PBL group were so different, from this I have participated in now, I felt there was one person how did the talking all all all the time and gave no space for others, like me, to give my opinion or ask questions and as soon we started to talk about a new topic, this person already had plans for how to do this presentation and what tools we were going to use, and I haven´t started to think about the topic or read anything, so this was my feeling during all the weeks a participated in the course, which also led to my drop out. Maria was asking me if I wanted to take this course in this spring, due to my drop off, and I answered YES, but really I didn´t want to do it, to get this feeling again of don´t know what to do, don´t know what to say and feel that I have nothing in common, nothing to share and feel like a dummy, who can not contribute to this PBL group anyhow or have any new ideas or sensational to come with.

But to my great surprise, though I was doubtful, the beginning of the course was great when we just tried to get to know each other and get familiar with the home page, replayed and made comments, then we were divided into PBL groups where the main work was going to be done. We held our first meeting and it felt nice to get to know each other and started to plan how we were going to work in this group, topic one started and I was still on the main road and had control over the situation, still, I felt I was active, we had many experiences and knowledge to share and in the group, everyone was “allowed to talk” and nothing was wrong = a feeling of being accepted in the group, and that’s an nice and important feeling, not being afraid to say or give our opinion or ask questions – WOW – and we have also so much fun, that’s also an important component , having fun and laugh, sometimes telling jokes, and this time for me in this course has been like sunshine, every week, I have participated in many ways and I have gotten so much out of this course, not only the tools, it´s the whole concept of taking responsibility and being the leader for some topics, taking notes many times, made my contribution and tried to see things in different and flexible ways, I feel like I´m a social person cause I can handle some of the tools that are in the social world, and also try to see what can be useful for me, as a teacher, when I´m planning a course, learning activities, flexible to participate so the students want drop off a course, way of how to get to students motivated, how to get students engaged and also learn them how to learn and explore new things that can contribute them in their daily work. I feel so much secure to use this tools and I also not afraid of using them cause I know how to do it and where to find them, and hopefully can share this with my students, in the same way as we have done in this course, and have so much fun……… and learn how to communicate in different or flexible ways, get everyone involved, activated, happiness, and that the course and the activities gives something to me that I can take with me, both individually and in the group, cause developing occurs both individually and in relation to others and these components are independent. I mean developing personally and in a private way, the course have had an synergetic effect on me, my own developing, at work and also when I meet friends or talk with them, I see new ways, and say, “shall we try this new way, I don´t know what it is, but let’s have a look and see what it goes for”……………. I think that this course is like life, it´s a roller coaster and I think that’s a part of the developing for a person, cause otherwise there is now developing.

…. and the weeks has passed away and now we are at the end of this course, what are we going to do now? I will be missing our night Adobe connect meeting, our discussions, and reading others blog posts, answer comments and so on. ….. don´t worry Veronica, that’s what you are planning to do with your students now, create a e-learning world for them to and discover so much more then only the learning activities to be done


Thank you Maria, for asking me to take part in this course again, and also send me a reminder…………….

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Open access, to whom to what and…………… Topic 5

Open Wires

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This topic I experienced that our PBL group has a lot of own experience to share with the rest of the group and that´s real interesting to take part of and to have a more “direct” use in. But I also yhink, as the scenario tells us, many people are afraid of use and share and publish, and get a feeling of loneliness with this, while they give up. That´s a sad situation. Cause using these sources of OER has so many potentials, benefits like saving money, a shared possibility to develop new and productive ideas, get a lots of help from each other, teamwork and collaborating, you have to communicate in any kind of way, I think it’s a good way to get a picture of how creative the learners are and how much the collaborate and help each other, the “classroom is bigger and wider. Yes, as you can see, there are a real chance you can´t lose. My eyes has become more open and wider, and also more curios than afraid, and that´s particularly because of our PBL work , amazing, how people with different backgrounds and experiences can get som much from each other – use it and don´t lose it.

I also have been wondering the last weeks about how this is going to look like for about 50 years, how will this have developed? Some of these future-questions were discussed European Commission at a workshop

One of the main questions were how the future will look like and a document for some guidelines, which were intended to contextualize and clarify the rules on open access covering beneficiaries in projects funded or co-funded under Horizon 2020

For me, as a beginner I think this document is a great way of starting and trying to use this, both for myself and also from a student perspective, don´t you agree with me. I feel now, more comfortable in what this is, and how I could use them and use I have the courage to try them, use them and recommend them, and I think this is future, and what we will see more of and what will this ONL course look like in a future perspective?



Flexibility and mobility in the learning process

Flexibility and mobility in the learning process

I think that this topic about flexible and mobile learning needs to be much more highlighted in education environments. More and more courses are now distance-based, to offer a opportunity for the students to study, work and being a social person at the same time, and the most important, to study what time of the day/night you prefer or are able to, that sounds flexible. This is also in the same trend as the society, which is in a constant state of change and we have to follow it. But how do we do? That’s a good question. From my point of view as a teacher in higher education, I´m responsible for two distance-based course for nurses who study to become specialist in the elderly care, these courses are 10 weeks courses, with 2 days at campus and the rest of the studies are in the learning Management System called Ping pong, which provides a variety of different tools to use, but I see, that the teacher don´t use them or probably they don´t know about them. Our library or IKT-educator offers a lot of different small courses or activities to take part of for the teacher, but many don´t take these opportunities, WHY, it´s sad, we want to retain our students, of course, but how can we do that, when we don’t give the right “equipment” for that? As a student, you need to get the studies going, along we the family life, work and recreation, and sometimes economic problems, it´s very important that the students already from the beginning can see the advantages and what is means already at the beginning of the course, so we can reduce the workload the see or feel, and sadly will drop off……………. And also as a teacher, have a look at the course you are responsible for, how can the learning activities become more flexible and mobile, are the study environment mobile and flexible, can we make it more interactive for the students? In e-learning in higher education the student is recognized as a co-producer in her och his learning process, in which individualizing, flexibility and openness, seems indicated as important issues in this context, and there need to transparency, including structure, materials and resources. In other words, a learning based on flexibility, accessibility, interactivity and individuality, have a look at and now, all of us can start our new, more mobile and flexible education strategy.

”Creativity is not a talent. It is a way of operating.”

John Cleese







Time for collaboration

I´ve been thinking how this concept – collaborative learning – has different meaning for us, and in different situations, concept and in other cultures, how wide is this concept? And what does it mean to me. Earlier, during my time as a student at the university, I haven´t thought so much about working collaborative, maybe I don´t like it, cause I more like to work individually, and there always are those who works and those who don´t work when it comes to collaborative working or group work. So, what´s the meaning of working in groups? Others will get approved without doing anything, just passive participation and not take part in the group as an active member, just for the credits for the actual course, for getting ready with the whole education. BUT the more I read about teamwork, collaborative work, working in couples I begin to see the effort and the result is often more of 1 +1=3 and this is what we want to achieve of course.

I see collaborative learning, as a process, where you can have a goal, to achieve, but how to reach the goal is not pointed out, which can be confusing for some people to work without guidelines or instruction and for some people they get interested and real motivated by this kind of working or collaborating, a good opportunity to use their own creativity and fantasy. According the recommended articles we are supposed to read, as Wenger, 2010;  Brindley et al., 2009; I think it appears that the environment is of great importance to get and when it comes to the benefits with collaborative learning, I found this little list of that, have a look and you will see how much advantages  there are with this kind of learning

I have really learnt a lot with this topic and a new way of thinking, about the students and about creating learning activities, and that´s nice…..




Digitalizing me…

This digital journey has started and it feels like climbing the mountain, with different kind of obstacles you have to pass or go through. The digital world seems gigantic and difficult where to start or how, like a never ending story. But, I think it´s important that you define what are you going to do, what opportunities there are and then pick one tool, which are similar and seems to fit me or my subject and intention for that. Maybe you can compare it with a phobia; the only way to handle this is to get in to it. My own learning is that I´ve become more open to this digitalicy, and if there are so many different kind of tools and things, so why don´t use them, but first think in what purpose, cause it will then be easier to see the opportunity it gives to me or what this is offering me, read about others, see videos on YouTube and take the chance to become a more digital person with a digital smile


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Topic 1

I must say, I have during the last days had a strange feeling, and thoughts ; “Why was this ONL-course so hard for me to understand last time, why didn´t I managed it last time? What was the main problem och maybe problems??? This time or now it feels, like you only have to follow the instructions and the schedule, and the learning activities and DO IT – no problem from my point of view – this time. …………. Be visible, and try, try, try, try and one more time try, help from other participants and members  and be there and see all the others and connect with them and start to network – it isn´t som hard. One thing that hit me was reading this headline ……………….and I can even apply the FISH-model to it and also see myself, what obstacles are now behind me instead of infront of me. But it also feels like a different kind of PBL-group this time – all on the same level – and no HURRY this time, which I felt last time attending this course, because it didn´t allow me to find, search, think and start working, though the group already had done the whole presentation and I felt like I always was after with the work, in the group, not attending in real, only on the paper with my name, always a feeling of being alone, struggling, and not a part of the group. But this time, it´s real different, I have time to read, listen, see search and to get contact with so many people, sharing the same feeling and working towards the same goal – I LIKE it, so using the FISH-model to understand myself, and what I have gone through is to make the picture more visible and obvious, both for me and for the others, and also for me as a teacher, when students ask questions, or do not understand things, I will remember using and thinking the FISH-model and apply it, like the scenario we have had for this Topic this week, helps me think, work and understand in a more “proper” way about how things can be experienced.

I also attended in the tweet chat – that was great and I don´t know how to describe it, but after the tweet chat I had a strong feeling about satisfaction and I don´t know why but it was real warming me and pleasing me.

I also must say, I like the PBL group and our working together, so jump in to the boat with all of us and have a real nice time together, it’s like “ honeymoon”. //Veronica