#FDOL131ABOUT:• flexible, distance and online learningFOR:• teachers and other professionals who support learning in Higher EducationFORM:• trial a group based learning approach in an open course (COOL FISh)• opportunity for teachers to connect worldwide• open for everybody• model the use of freely available technologies to support open online mobilelearning
COOL FIShStep 1: FocusWhat do we see?How do we understand what we see?What do we need to find out more about?Specify learning issues/intended learning outcomesStep 2: InvestigateHow and where are we/am I going to find answers?Who will do what and by when?What main findings and solutions do we/I propose?Step 3: ShareHow are we going to present our findings within the group?What do we want to share with the FDOL community?How can we provide feedback to another group?What reflections do I have about my learning and our groupwork?
FDOL131• Registered before start: 80 (PBL groups: 64 (core: 46peripheral: 18) + autonomous 16)• Not confirmed to PBL groups or early drop-outs : 22• Signed up in FDOL131 Google+: 45• Participants in webinars: 10-20• Participants who completed: 16 (20%)
#FDOL131 PBL group 1, unit 3:
• course was challenging but rewarding• everybody who engaged throughout in the PBL groups learnt• useful to be a learner and experience difficulties in preparation for teaching online• progressively developed confidence as an online learner• developed better understanding of how to use tech more effectively in own practice (Googleapps seemed to work well also on mobile devices, extending opportunities to engage)• exploring opportunities for application in own practice• community feel was important > how to achieve this?– getting to know each other through synchronous online ‘events’ such as hangouts andwebinars made a huge difference, hearing a voice, seeing a person made it human– increased commitment when you know the others– bonding happened through engagement– learning to trust– more early hangouts were suggested• COOL FISh simple and effective for online settings: speeded up working in groups, to keep ontrack, experience PBL• tutor support was vital, knowing that there was somebody there when needed, especially atthe beginning• suggestion: more peer-to-peer learning and feedback with other groups• suggestion: central feedback space, group buddy system could be developedsummary of participants’experiences shared during unit 6webinar
LMS? FDOL? MOOC?
#FDOL132Flexible, Distance and Online Learning an open course using COOL FIShhttp://fdol.wordpress.com/ Twitter: @openfdol #fdol132starts Sep 2013