Digital Learning Network: My final learning project

Digital Learning Network: My final learning project

Greetings!

If you have read my about me page, you’ll know that I am a member of univerisity support staff. I encountered a problem with communication with other departments in my position and issues my colleagues discussed in terms of knowing procedures. Many of us would find out new rules by doing something wrong or were confused or found that the training we received on different procedures was not engaging and if you needed to find something pertinent to a duty you were doing, you have to either call someone with experience or search university websites that are poorly designed which makes it difficult for you to find your answer.

There wasn’t a central place to learn best practices and discuss day to day work issues or even unusual work issues. In my project, I propose a digital learning network with a learning activity that focuses on the complexity of the travel department. I also discuss the developing a community of practice for University support staff to improve work performance.

The network would be housed under Blackboard which is user-friendly and most universities. Assessment and Evaluation of the the learning activity and the technology used to administer the learning network will also be on Blackboard.

Assessment and Evaluation will come from surveys from the participants themselves, the staff of the departments that university staff work with frequently and from the data analytics of usage from Blackobard.

For the the framework of my learning activity, I used Kolb’s research on experiential learning. Here is Kolb’s theory in a nutshell:

Experiential Learning Model from Kolb, 1984
Experiential Learning Model from Kolb, 1984

I think experiential learning is really important and the use of it is becoming more prominent in higher education. As employees we all have knowledge to share.

Don’t be this guy.

To illustrate how beneficial Communities of Practice can be, I found this interesting video on how CoPs were used in a mining company to solve problems and share best practices which led to the betterment of the company.

If you are looking to read more about my final project, please check it out here.

Sharing is Caring: Open Education

Sharing is Caring: Open Education

It’s week 7 and Open Education is topic of the week. Here are my thoughts on the Open Education movement.

One of the most exciting aspects of the Open education movement is the part it plays in the evolution of learning. Knowledge is now quite far reaching and is altruistically shared among other learners near and far. Due to Web 2.0, OERs create a “unique blend of learning” (Bosk, 2009). Peer to peer learning that may have not been possible in the past due to proximity is now something of the past. OERs allow learning to evolve by “eliminating barriers and facilitating access” (McNally, 2012).

The biggest challenge is the perceived ambiguity of intellectual property and copyrights. OERs need licensing to in order to provide information to learners. Copyrights create an obstacle for the OER as they have the ability to block knowledge from others on the stance that they will lose ownership of the idea (McNally, 2012). On a work related note, I have heard professors discuss that are apprehensive of doing a MOOC or putting a curriculum online as they want to keep their intellectual property. If organizations and universities can find a way to let reluctant faculty know that OER can be an assets to learning instead of hindrance to intellectual property, research and content.

After perusing on the internet find out more about open education, I found this great video on the importance of open education.  To see other videos, please go to whyopenedmatters,org


My learning activity is heavily related to Open Education. One of the goals of my learning activity is to create a community where education is shared in order for all staff members to perform better in their positions.

My questions for my readers this week: Do you think the Open Education Movement has the ability to negatively impact Education? If so, how?

References

Blink Tower,. (2014). Why open education matters. Retrieved from http://vimeo.com/43401199

Bosk, C. (2009). The word is open:How web technology Is revolutionizing education. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Life animated gif. (2014). Retrieved from http://i.giphy.com/12Aj3TAodsyL0Q.gif

McNally, M., & Western University,. (2014). Democratizing Access to Knowledge: Find Out What Open Educational Resources (OER) Have to Offer. YouTube. Retrieved 5 December 2014, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2IPOgl0ZE8

 

Share the Knowledge!