I’m going through the process of trying to reflect on the following aspects of my learning experience.

A. Discuss the characteristics of an online learning community and the   implications for learning and teaching online.
B. Evaluate online communication tools in given learning contexts e.g. in your own discipline.
C. Articulate the skills required for maintaining a successful online learning community.
D. Summarise the ideas, experiences and understanding of at least three other participants in the course and whether you agree with their postings – perceptions and beliefs about facilitation.

To do this, I’m supposed to use the following model of reflection

Stage 1 – Take notice and describe the experience.

1.1. What did you do, know, feel, think, need?

1.2 What decisions did you make?

Stage 2 – Analyse the experience.

2.1 Why these decisions?

2.2. What was your reaction?

Stage 3 – Take action.

3.1 What did you learn?

3.2 How will you use this learning?

The problem that I’m experiencing is that this reflective model doesn’t really seem to fit with the types of reflection that I’m required to undergo.  The reflective model seems to me to be designed for a specific experience that as a student you go through (lower level?).  It’s difficult to relate it to “Discuss the characteristics of an online learning community and the implications for learning and teaching online.” or “Evaluate online communication tools in given learning contexts e.g. in your own discipline. “, as these are really intellectual processes.  My experience of learning in this course has been largely self-directed rather than moving through a series of structured learning experiences.  What is the experience that I’m supposed to be reflecting on?  Is it my experience of being involved in the community?  Is it my experience of reading relevant blog postings, articles, and research literature, or participating in elluminate sessions?

In this light and realising that I need to get on with this assessment, I’m going to abandon the reflective framework.  I don’t imagine that anyone will be watching this blog at this time on a Sunday, so I’m unlikely to get any clarification before I’ve completed some of this assessment task at least.

A. Discuss the characteristics of an online learning community and the   implications for learning and teaching online.

https://massageonline.wordpress.com/2007/08/24/online-environment-community-development-and-learning/

https://massageonline.wordpress.com/2007/08/15/teaching-vs-facilitation-through-the-lens-of-leadership-theory/

https://massageonline.wordpress.com/2007/10/19/my-experience-of-being-a-student-in-the-facilitating-online-course/

B. Evaluate online communication tools in given learning contexts e.g. in your own discipline.

https://massageonline.wordpress.com/2007/11/05/elluminate-troubleshooting/

https://massageonline.wordpress.com/2007/10/19/my-experience-of-being-a-student-in-the-facilitating-online-course/

https://massageonline.wordpress.com/2007/10/08/managing-technology-glitches-in-online-education/

https://massageonline.wordpress.com/2007/09/12/time-familiarity-and-socialisation/

https://massageonline.wordpress.com/2007/08/07/online-teaching-techno-methodology-is-taking-form/

C. Articulate the skills required for maintaining a successful online learning community.
D. Summarise the ideas, experiences and understanding of at least three other participants in the course and whether you agree with their postings – perceptions and beliefs about facilitation.

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