Week 1: Me as student

This is my second course in the program and it is my first time at university as a student in about 10 years. However,  I do work full time at a University and have done so for many years – so I don’t feel like a complete alien!

So lets come to what I like or value:

  • I feel privileged to have the support and resources to be able to commit to a program of study that I am passionate about.
  • I value the access I am getting to people with the same interests as myself (course coordinators and fellow students and other connections I am introduced to as a result) with a wealth of knowledge and expertise that helps me to think and learn.
  • Flexibility and being able to study when it works for me

What doesn’t work: I personally call it “the things that get in the way of learning”. A good example of this is the time it takes to get set up, to get your head around “how things work here” – many a time I have contemplated whether or not this phase actually contributes to learning or is just time you lose to get to learning. Saying that, I also think I have learned to be as efficient and patient with myself as I possibly can be during this phase. Goodyear & Carvalho cover this when they talk about the three design considerations/constructs that can connect things and people.

What I haven’t seen yet that I would like to see is a deliberate and explicitly expressed approach that tries to address this problem around “things and people”. I am very interested in the Goodyear & Carvalho article and the newly published book and look forward to delving further into this. Something else I would like to see is more around self directed learning – which we are doing in this course in relation to learning a topic of personal interest – a great start.

We have been lucky enough to host George Siemens at our University and having direct contact with someone so pivotal in this field was both highly informative and inspiring. As a result I have developed a deeper understanding of the tenets of NGL than I perhaps might have. I will share here a video from his visit that really helped me to delve deeper into the field:

I feel that practicing NGL as a student doesn’t mean abandoning traditional methods of learning. If anything it augments the more traditional. I come from a generation that straddles the old and new worlds of technology – so perhaps that’s why I see it that way.The way I see it I now have greater opportunity to readily access the knowledge and expertise of people from all over the world and this is fundamental to how I behave as a student today. Tools come and go in my opinion but I have to say that for making initial connections, I still find conferences and Twitter invaluable.

I hope that this course will help me to move from knowing and doing NGL to being NGL and understanding more about how to support others to explore and embrace NGL.


5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Annelise Mitchell
    Aug 08, 2014 @ 09:28:05

    Hi GG,

    Thank you for sharing the video, I’m very interested in seeing how the learning landscape is evolving. I appreciate the video, especially as it comes from the uni. 😀

    It sounds like you’re really enjoying yourself with the university. One of the things that most impress me about USQ is how innovative their materials are and how welcoming they were when I began the course.

    Thank you again,


    • ggdines
      Aug 08, 2014 @ 10:14:25

      Hi Annelise

      Glad to hear you appreciated the George Siemens video. It was fantastic to have access to the mind of such a pivotal person in this field. Just to clarify – I work at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC). .




      • Annelise Mitchell
        Aug 08, 2014 @ 12:08:57

        Hi GG,

        I did realise the difference but only when I began enquiring further. I am still getting my head around all the universities down here. 😀

        Great to get a reply from you 🙂

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