In the Week 6 readings we are also encouraged to aim towards ‘redefining’ learning in our work contexts. That is, we should try to transform learning through technology. This is a step further than just using technology to ‘substitute’, ‘augment’ or ‘modify’, traditional methods of learning (as outlined in the SAMR model).
In one of my previous posts, I considered using SharePoint as a tool for implementing networked learning in my organisation. One way that this tool can enable learning to be redifined, is through its documents management, wiki and online comments features.
My students are geographically dispersed and we currently do not have a tool established which enables our students to all interact online to review documents easily and share and record their input, in relation to our particular area of work. While a similar activity can be achieved through emails – with staff sending documents to each other with comments in tracked changes – it becomes messy when there are more than a couple of individuals editing the document. The SharePoint enables large groups to share their ideas and provide input into documents in real-time. We have a few hundred students who could be invited to provide feedback on new draft procedures (as discussed in my previous post) to enhance them, and SharePoint is an ICT tool that has the capacity to redefine this learning activity.
Below are some visuals showing ways SharePoint can enable us to redefine out interactions and learning:
Professor Chris Dede’s quote about the diversity of learning, as shared in the Week 6 readings, is a good reminder of the need to be flexible in our teaching approaches. As a student I have been grateful that I have not been restricted to certain readings or focus for the course – it has given me an opportunity to focus my learning on an area that is practical and revelant for me. As a teacher, I need to consider this element of choice in the learning for my students. One way would be to ensure the networked learning activity I implement in my learning context is structured to support inquiry-based learning which can enable students to explore problems, ask questions and make discoveries that fulfill their personal curiosities (Drexler, 2010).
Drexler, W. (2010). The networked student model for construction of personal learning environments: Balancing teacher control and student autonomy. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 26(3), 369-385. Retrieved from: http://www.ascilite.org.au/ajet/ajet26/drexler.html
My previous post got me thinking about online collaborative tools for use in my work environment to support networked learning.
SharePoint is a tool used in many organisations and is one that I have seen used effectively to enhance online interactions on key projects or for groups of professions in a ‘professional network’ or community of practice’ environment. Some brief uses and benefits of this tool are cited here and here.
I hope to delve further into this tool for Assignment 2.
This tool may also be of interest to other course participants in non-traditional education contexts.