What have I learnt? Will this influence my practise? In which way?
Participating in this course has forced me to use new digital tools and brought many pedagogical ideas to my mind. I would really like my colleagues to get the same opportunity and I hope there will be a group from Malmö University that joins the course in a near future, maybe already next term.
I have learnt the importance of having a clear structure and using methods for planning and collaboration when working online, and working in a PBL group (Brindley, J., Blaschke, L. M., & Walti, C. 2009). Otherwise PBL work is only group work and socialization, not a method to develop understanding and construct knowledge in a group (Conole 2015). Equally important is to make PBL work and online learning as flexible as possible, so different kinds of learners can participate, collaborate and learn the way that suits them best. These different aspects has to be balanced to create a successful online learning environment. I believe that I could have learnt more in this course if the PBL work in my group had been better structured and if I had put more time and engagement in the collaborative and sharing parts of the course.
An indirect result of my participation is that I have developed my professional english when “forced” to blog about and express pedagogical thoughts in english. I have wanted to become better at speaking english in my profession as a librarian for a long time, so this was a good way to learn by doing.
Now when the course has come to an end my goal is to use my experiences from the course to plan my library sessions better – more varied activities and more use of open educational resources to create flexible learning. Another goal will be to plan my library sessions together with the teachers, or at least always invite them. If I succeed I want to collaborate with the teachers to give students possibilities to break down search questions and problems in peers and groups (Conole, 2015) and let them try different methods to collaborate and share experiences online.
A direct result of my involvement in this ONL course is that I have presented some of my thoughts about flexible learning, open educational resources (OER) and learning design to my colleagues at a TeachMeet. The next step is to start working on some of the ideas I shared; for example creating modules connected to the different Information Search Process phases and producing and using OER material in the field of Information Literacy. Finally I will share my thoughts and ideas from this course in the blog I huvudet på bibliotekarien.
My head is spinning like a wheel now and I hope to get some of the ideas I have out of my head by realizing them!
Brindley, J., Blaschke, L. M., & Walti, C. (2009). Creating effective collaborative learning groups in an online environment. The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 10(3)
Conole, G. (2015). The 7Cs of Learning Design. Download as PDF (In press).
Kuhlthau, C. (2004). Chapter 8, Zones of Intervention in the Process of Information Seeking. [Electronic version].Seeking Meaning: A Process Approach to Library and Information Services (pp. 127-144). Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited