NGL and me (learner, student and teacher)

As someone that interacts with the networked world on a daily basis via a plethora of tools that I use in my professional practice – I have been somewhat puzzled by the fact that I have struggled with this course. After all, I know, do and be NGL already. So why have I struggled? I have been thinking about this for many weeks now…

Up until this course, all of the NGL I have practiced has been informal. There were no rules, requirements, assessments – other than my own. I was able to engage as required, lurk when I felt like it and have spurts of massive productivity from time to time. No timelines or deadlines.

So what am I trying to say here?

The informality of the NGL I have experienced and practiced up until now is clashing with the formality that the current course brings to NGL. In my world of NGL there hasn’t been formality until now. And I am still getting used to it.

So in earlier posts when I talk about “getting familiar” – this is what I am talking about. All of this makes me wonder whether or not this distinction between informal and formal learning via NGL also requires that formal NGL learning be carefully designed, planned, considered and ultimately unleashed on students – that they are asked to put down their assumptions, expectations and experiences. I now realise that assumptions I made (that I already knew what I was doing in an NGL world) were possibly unhelpful. On the other hand, I think my NGL literacies have been very helpful. I have certainly picked up and used the tools very easily. Reconciling my informal understanding of NGL with the formal requirements of an NGL course is proving difficult. Mapping the relationships between the process to follow to complete the tasks and utilise the tools effectively to achieve this has also not been so easy. For example, I am still struggling with the quantitative nature of some of the assessment criteria.

Now I will qualify all of this by saying that I understand that we are the pioneering cohort for this course and that this iteration is an experiment. However, my hope is that what I say here is useful for future iterations.


Let’s curate together? A suggestion…

In Week 2 – David asks

How can the participants in this course curate a shared podcast of interesting audio/video presentations and talks?

I don’t know of any Web 2.0 tool that allows collaborative, editable audio and video mashups – maybe someone else can help?

My suggestion would be padlet – which is a visual board where you can add media from a url, a file or an image from a webcam. They are very easy to set up and depending on how public it is – you don’t need accounts to create boards or contribute or curate. It is also very easy to use.

What does everyone think?

Late late late!!

Hello David and my fellow learners

I am late late late! I feel a little like the rabbit in Alice in Wonderland at the moment.

The White Rabbit (Tenniel) - The Nursery Alice (1890) - BL 

Despite using the chosen course tools before – I am still having to take the time to get my head around it all – I haven’t used them together for this particular purpose = unfamiliar territory. Additionally I am also working through how I will make this course work for me as a learner and the processes I will use.

So at the moment I am consolidating, getting set up and making connections. I think I am on the right track and am resisting the urge to panic.

Hopefully I will start contributing course tasks later this week.


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