10 September 2007

Mid-Program Reflection

[image: Vaeltaja]

We are half way in our 10 week program, so it is definitely time to take stock and reflect on how things are going, and how they could improve. Here are four questions to get you started, but please feel free to add anything else:

    1. What has been the most significant learning for you so far, from the Managers in e-Learning LearnScope program?
    2. How have you applied in your workplace, what you have been learning to-date?
    3. On a scale of 1-5 please rate your experience as a participant in the Managers in e-Learning LearnScope program to-date. (1 being a very negative experience and 5 a very positive experience).
    4. What needs to change in the remainder of the program for your experience to be better?


Terry said...

The most significant learning for me has been that generation Y, (those young uns below the age of 27)are surviving the techno age much better than I. There are more demands for access to learning, training and jobs through the provision of information and knowledge via digital technology. I believe that in order to fulfill a range of expectations that gen X and the baby boomers have set for Gen Y we need to actively engage them in shaping the way they learn. They will then have a greater stake in their own future. We need to maintain our investment in the reforms to education, training and learning that e-learning, ebusiness and e-commerce offers

AnnBrady said...

The second life intro yesterday was mind boggling to say the least and definitely a key learning experience for me. I can see all sorts of applications for it in our college, apart from OH&S which was mentioned, their is ESL, LOTE, TAA -in fact it could be an element in almost any learning program.

From Nigels talk the thing that really struck me was the idea of using social software as part of learning program. It's the idea that it's bigger than the group or the organisation and that my making part of the program public you allow others to learn as well, and you can learn from them. How to do this though will need some careful thought!

I also liked some of the techniques that Nigel used - the polling (impressive graph!) and the blank screen for comments and the idea that those comments can be kept and shared.

I'm beginning to see the enormity of it all, the possibilities, the many tools, the many strategies, and feel quite overwhelmed, not quite sure where to start. I suppose it's got to be small chunks over a period of time - which one first is the big question!

Val Evans said...

Thanks Terry and Ann for taking the time to share your reflections to-date.

Terry, you raise a point which is often overlooked by planners and managers, ie to actively engage learners in shaping the way they learn. Too often we teach in the way we like to learn, or the way we are use to learning. Reverse mentoring with the learners guiding the teachers/planners can open up so many new learning opportunities for us all.

And Ann, yes it can be overwhelming. You've been getting a lot thrown at you and when that happens you need to take the time to reflect, as you have done, to think about what means and what you can do with it all.

I've always believed that being exposed to different presenters is a great learning strategy in itself - to watch and learn from how they use the technology.