but the Elluminate conference definitely helped my understanding of "flexible" learning and ignited a few light bulbs in my head.
I jumped in a bit quick (regrettably) with useless info at the start but have gone back and listened to the recording again. A few thoughts sprang into my mind..........
I understand flexible learning is a great new aspect that can be embraced into our teaching methods but feel that a few key factors are needed to make it work:-
Students may need prior learning to be using the same contextual language as tutor or have a basic knowledge of subject.
Both students and tutors need access to and be able to use same technology/equipment, e.g. video conferencing/blogs/email/. (exactly what we're doing now, thank you Bronwyn and Leigh)
Agreed time/method for assessments and feedback's.
Workshops may be needed.
I have a few questions:-
I'm a fan of constructivism and try to incorporate it in my teaching........would it work with distance/flexible/open course ware?
Scale ability? With the content I'm teaching, scale is a factor. As is H&S.
Economic factors.........are we only targeting those who have the equipment/technology? (individuals and learning centres)
Motivation? Dave McQuillan questioned this at the Elluminate session. How to motivate and ignite passion for a subject from a distance?
I know flexible/distance learning can be a success as with our graduate student last year and I hope it will enrich nad enable my teaching.