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Introduction post

Hello! Welcome to my blog, which will be an insight to my thoughts, feelings, and content that I’ve learned throughout the ‘exploring digital learning’ module on year one of my education degree course. I’ve never kept a blog before, or anything like a diary or journal, so with this, I’m going to try to be as personal and as natural as possible, as if I was speaking directly to you.

Weekly Reflection – 10/02/21

This week has consisted of the second week in the new module, exploring digital learning. We did some preparation, including watching explanatory videos for theories like connectivism, liberalism, behaviourism and constructivism. During the lecture with Mark, we created our own website, such as this one, allowing us to make a space to write our thoughts across the module. Our lecturer briefly showed us how to add in videos, web links, and photos. Originally, I found it difficult to make my way around the different settings, as well as how to actually write this blog! Luckily, if you are reading this, I think I’ve finally managed to figure it out…

Online Tools Review

We were asked to explore and try out different online tools out of a previously organised selection. Here are some of the ones I tried out and what I thought about them:

Weekly Reflection – 17/02/21

This session with Nigel was very interactive, and included a section where, in pairs or groups, we were able to go through the Elucidat website, that enables people to create their own online or e-learning website or activity. We went to the showcase tab, that had a multitude of demonstration websites, with different activities to try out. In pairs, we chose a few websites at random to experiment with, and then had to feedback to the rest of the group with an analysis of the features involved.

Weekly Reflection – 24/02/21

This week, our pre-reading included an article about the divide between different groups in society from a digital context, and how the Coronavirus pandemic has impacted this. The chance of having reliable internet access increases with the income you earn, so with the pandemic forcing everyone to work and socialise online, the gap in educational achievement is also due to increase. Schools have had to set up all learning to be online, so if a family doesn’t have reliable internet access, or only one online device for all the family to share, it’s not the most feasible system.

Weekly Reflection – 03/03/21

This week’s pre-reading consisted of several resources explaining Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), and robots, and how they work, and then providing different examples where it has been used in an educational context. It really made me wish I was in school nowadays, so that I could grow up with better technology and try out these cool educational games on VR or AR. Saying that, I’d like to think I’m not that old!

Weekly Reflection – 10/03/21

To those of you who read my previous blog post (use links at the bottom to navigate), I am happy to report that my ideas for the educational scenario using VR or AR technology were loved by my other group members. After a short discussion, we decided to go with the idea of a VR history application, that would enable you to virtually visit sites of historic importance. I was so excited, and had this vision of an Assassins Creed style graphic, with the ability to jump into different time periods. Growing up, I have always loved history, mostly through watching Horrible Histories on Cbbc, which was a really fun and engaging program.

Weekly Reflection – 17/03/21

This week we focused our attention on a new concept that would lead to the completion of our next scenario: Gamification. Gamification is the use of game design elements and mechanics in different contexts, in order to increase the engagement and motivation of learners. We were given plenty of examples of how this would work, for example:

  • Feedback/progress – e.g. a progress bar to show how far you’ve come in the game, and how much is left

Weekly Reflection – 24/03/21

The presentation was a success! Another group member came up with the brilliant idea of giving school pupils another way to access science, from a game perspective. This was because while at school, it can sometimes be overwhelming or it can feel too technical for some groups of people, so providing a fun and engaging experience could be of great benefit. We also thought that there has been a big push over time to get more people from different groups into Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects, such as women, and people from ethnic minorities.

Easter Holiday Break

Weekly Reflection – 14/04/21

MOOCS! Massive Open Online Courses. I feel like I’ve been waiting a long time for this one. We finally got to find out what these things are and how they work. They are an online webpage, that has various different techniques like pre-recorded videos, quizzes, maybe links to external resources, like YouTube clips, Mentimeter surveys. These are used in an online course which might have different modules and goals that are required before you can move onto the next thing. They can be set over a certain number of weeks, and can include a certificate at the end.

Weekly Reflection – 28/04/21

The final scenario! At long last, we’ve come to the end of a brilliant module. I have loved it, and I’m really sad that’s it’s over… However, the great news is that I have selected the digital pathway for years 2 and 3 of my BA in education, so I will get to delve fully into digital learning design and the policies involved. I am really looking forward to what that will hold. For our final group scenario presentation, I came up with the idea to create a Massive open online course (Mooc) to help children gain a better understanding of climate change and the effect it is having on the planet. 

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