After six weeks of this interesting FDOL course I have received new computer skills and new knowledge in FDOL pedagogy.
I have enhanced my digital literacy by learning how to manage contact in different ways via google + in discussions and hangouts with my PBL group. I have also learnt a new interesting presentation tool, Prezi that I surely will use much in the future. Actually, just to start this this blog and learn how to handle comments is a step forward for me out of digital illiteracy.
The concept of flexibility has grown for me. I have understood that flexibility is not only in time and place. As a course planner it is also wise to consider flexibility in teacher vs. learner controlled, specified tasks vs. open-ended tasks and type of exchange (content-related, planning of tasks and social support). For instance in a course with young students on a university I think that the social support should be strong, which in on-line courses could be stimulated by synchronous activities. However, when planning an on-line course for working individuals, busy with family life, one should rather organize asynchronous activities so that the time spent on the course would mainly be content-related.
Social support is important though, even for individuals that are busy and therefore needs to concentrate on the content. I have experienced the social support in my PBL group in this course as very important. A reason for this is that the tasks have been quite open-ended and mainly learner controlled. The social support has been necessary to plan the task, but also for deeper understanding when discussing the topic of the week.
I want to use my new skills in FDOL in the area of family medicine, an area where the need of continuous learning is important but also where the work is quite lonely. There is need of tools to learn more in an organized and flexible way.
I plan to organize an experimental group of 5-8 family doctors that are interested in on-line PBL learning. We will plan what areas we want to learn more about in the next six months. We will also plan how to learn this, which digital tools that should be used and how. For instance, we could agree on questions on a topic that should be answered by studying literature and then present it on a blog post. We could also present a case that should be reflected on in a blog post. I do think that mandatory comments on the blog posts are necessary. To deepen the learning, I also think that after every topic (that might last for one month ) we should meet on Hangout and discuss what we have learnt.