Been a part of 685 has broadened my horizon; it is a process that full of diversity, collaboration and creativity. That’s the reason why we choose our final project as a youtube video. But the process is not as easy as I thought.
Our original idea about video is not using blog as main plot for the whole story. At first we plan to use a plot that 2 friends are talking with each other, they shared about their online learning experience. And we have already found our main actors and have shot some scenes, but as think about more carefully, we realize it is much better for us to use blog to tell the story. When thinking about “what is a blog”, we come up with several metaphors, including dairy, newspaper, magazine, journal, etc. Metaphors are interesting and vivid to represent the meaning of a certain term. Then we decided to use 4 scenes to conclude what we have learned in this class.
1. Online course
In recent days, more and more people are choosing online course, among those people, there is great percentage of on-campus students. It is really a new experience to me, but I do enjoy the process. When we are creating our video, we tried our best to reflect what is truly in our heads, so we also contains some obstacles that we meet during this process. One of the articles in week 10 compares the engagement of distance learners in education practices with that of their campus-based counterparts. What is described in this article conforms to our own experiences. Distance learners tend to experience “higher levels of academic challenge and reflective thinking, gain more in terms of practical competence and in personal and social development“, interact more with faculty, and participate more in leaning communities and independent study (Chen, Gonyea, & Kuh, 2008). So sometimes we feel a lack of confidence and thus lack the courage to perform ourselves. Fortunately the situation changes with more communication and participation.
2. We really appreciate all those convenience that high technologies bring us about. With various social networks, we can make friends with our group members; even we never meet with each other. We shared photos and videos in our personal homepage and we even can have a synchronous chatting with them.
3. Except for those social networks, there are other places that we can conduct our group activities. We can edit on the same files even though we are miles apart. We can also create some books despite time difference. What we are trying to say is technology made group work more effective.
4. I remembered Olgun shared his opinion about OER in class with us, which are “if we exchange our ideas, then we will have more ideas”. Shuya and I both have a strong fondness about “gift culture”. Some people will say that culture difference will cause violence or misunderstanding, but if we all be patient, listen to other’s perspective, it is a gift or even bliss from god.
Reference: Chen, P., R. Gonyea, and G. Kuh (2008). Learning at a distance: Engaged or not?.
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