It was Good Friday when I thought it was a good idea to have a look at my twitter account before escaping to the Surrey downs. It was then that I read a tweet announcing the Mooc.
— Andreas Link (@elearning4) April 5, 2012
It was an on the spot decision to register my interest, driven by my strong desire to learn more about teaching in Higher Education in a more structured way.
My main endeavours are multifaceted:
From a professional development perspective, I would like:
- to enrich my understanding of the pedagogy theories and practices of learning and teaching in HE;
- to experiment with different teaching approaches;
- to engage with open academic practices for educational development
- to meet other educators and engage with discussions on e-learning,
- to learn from their perspective in pedagogies, and practices;
- to share a Library’s challenges in supporting HE students;
- to better understand and engage with digital literacies;
- to have the opportunity to remotely collaborate with other participants;
- to have the creative “space” to create new resources and reflect upon them;
- to try different tools and experiment with their potential;
- to reflect and try different models of critical thinking (reflective practitioner).
From a student’s perspective, it will be a very interesting journey to:
- gain more insight while balancing life, work and studies with assignments. My students are adult learners, with complicated lifestyles; so how do we support them to make their lives easier without compromising their discovery of knowledge and information?
- understand how reflection via online tools can enhance students’ critical thinking, and to gain an understanding of their limitation and potential;
- experience Moodle as a student rather than as an instructor.
I would like to be assessed because:
- it will give me extra motivation to keep me going;
- I consider this as an introduction to the next steps of seeking full accreditation for teaching in HE.
- Last but not least, it will certainlybe invaluable for me to have a tutor commenting on my progress and grade my achievements.