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This presentation is about using blogs in higher education as reflective journals. It applies blogging to developing Donald Schon's concept of the reflective practitioner and his idea of the ...

This presentation is about using blogs in higher education as reflective journals. It applies blogging to developing Donald Schon's concept of the reflective practitioner and his idea of the practicum as a
‘virtual world, relatively free of the pressures, distractions, and risks of the real one, to which, nevertheless it refers. It stands in the intermediate space between the practice world, the ‘lay world’ of ordinary life, and the esoteric world of the academy’ (Schon, 1987 p37).
This is a space to build a community of practice, where the processes of problem solving, experimentation, coaching and building a professional repertoire of experiences can be undertaken. Blogs can act as the ‘glue’ to hold these activities together, acting as a reflective commentary on the practitioner’s growth.

My argument is that blogs provide a perfect vehicle for reflection and critical self-awareness, and as such they provide the possibility of what I term the eflective practitioner, because of their unique qualities that raise them above traditional learning journals.

The key reasons for this are that they map the learning journey in real time; they are deeply personal, giving a whole person view; they use rich media that becomes searchable and reconfigurable using tagging; they are portable and easy to access; they encourage dialogue, interaction with an audience and peer group feedback; and they are emotional and playful too. They also give great insights into how learners learn, articulating how experience is transformed into learning.
you can see more on this at my blog at http//eflections.edublogs.org

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Blogs and educating the eflective practitioner Blogs and educating the eflective practitioner Presentation Transcript

  • the e-flective practitioner blogs and educating
  • the guru: Donald Schon the idea: the reflective practitioner
  • the practicum
        • ‘ The practicum is a virtual world , relatively free of the pressures, distractions, and risks of the real one, to which, nevertheless it refers. It stands in the intermediate space between the practice world, the ‘lay world’ of ordinary life , and the esoteric world of the academy ’ Schon, 1987, p37
  • communities of practice what is the practicum about?
  • problem solving
  • experimentation
  • coaching
  • building the repertoire
  • why reflect?
  • ‘ Reflection is an important human activity in which people recapture their experience , think about it, mull it over and evaluate it. It is this working with experience that is important in learning .’ Boud, Cohen and Walker 1985
  • where have I been?
  • where am I now?
  • where am I going?
  • reflection- on -action
  • reflection- in- action
  • reflection- before -action
  • why blog?
  • the industry is doing it
  •  
  • to upload from download culture shift
  • building a collaborative learning community
  • blogs and educating the eflective practitioner why do they work?
  • map the learning journey
  • real time
  • personal expression
  • whole person view
  • rich media links images video
  • mashable tagged searchable archive
  • portable easy to access
  • dialogue
  • playful emotional
  • interaction with an audience
  • peer group feedback
  • blog buddies small groups commit to read & comment on each others blogs
  • connected knowledge all this makes for
  • learning how learners learn
  • deep reflection
  • articulating experience into learning
  • blog reflection absorption field testing experience practice adding to the repertoire new concepts the eflective learning cloud
  • privacy who sees it? ll self disclosure netiquette ethics
  • private public vs
  • professional not confessional
  • assessment
  • assess process not product
  • ‘ the assessment of secondary material is usually the preferable choice ’ Moon 2006
  • issues? quality language staff time access points
  • benefits group identity collaborative community document workflow online workbook ‘ warts and all’ reflective analysis organise thoughts
  • ‘ The blogs are brilliant , it is great to read what everyone is doing, quite addictive , and I must start to write more on mine..’ extract from student blog
  • conclusions inside view insight informal feedback authentic archive always on
  • mapping the journey connected knowing process not product real time collaboration deep insights professional not confessional final thoughts
  • ‘ Harry stared at the stone basin. The contents had returned to their original silvery white state, swirling and rippling beneath his gaze. “What is it?” Harry asked shakily. “This? It is called a pensieve”, said Dumbledore. “I sometimes find - and I am sure that you know the feeling - that I simply have too many thoughts and memories crammed into my mind.” “Er”, said Harry, who couldn’t truthfully say that he had ever felt anything of the sort. “At these times”, said Dumbledore, indicating the stone basin, “I use the pensieve. One simply siphons the excess thoughts from one’s mind, pours them into the basin, and examines them at one’s leisure. It becomes easier to spot patterns and links, you understand, when they are in this form”’. Harry Potter, Rowling, 2000
  • [email_address] http://eflections.edublogs.org