Week 12 Learning Activity

reflect-black-on-orangeWow! What a semester! It’s been a real pleasure reading your blog posts and checking out your experiments with technology.

For your final blog activity this semester, there is no play activity, just reflect.

As there is no play activity this week and this is your final refection to wrap up the unit there are a few things that need to be highlighted, the post is longer than usual (see details below), the post will be marked (we mark everyone’s final blog reflection as per the assessment outline) and finally this activity needs to be completed by 11.59pm Tuesday 7th June. 

Now is your chance to look back, consider what you’ve learned, and reflect on what you enjoyed (and didn’t) in this unit. The purpose here is two-fold.

  1. Reflective practice is an important part of learning. You have covered a lot of ground this semester and we want you to take the time to look back and reflect on what you have achieved.
  2. Reflective practice is not just important for professionals. It’s important for teachers, too. At the end of each semester, we look at your reflections on the unit, and spend time reflecting on what could be improved. We encourage you to be honest in your reflections, because they will help us to improve the unit for future students.

Your options for this task are:

  • write a blog post of at least 1000 words.
  • create an MP3 audio recording (podcast) of at least 5minutes duration.
  • create a screencast, digital story, slidecast, or video of yourself, of at least 5 minutes duration.

Whichever option you choose, you must create a blog post from which you can link, or into which you can embed, any other media you choose to use.

Then, it’s time to reflect. Check the assignment criteria before you get started. Use the following questions and comments as prompts for your reflection. You don’t have to cover them all – just choose those that appeal to you. You don’t have to respond to these prompts at all if you’d prefer not to but keep in mind that they will help if you’re feeling stuck. Take this opportunity to reflect on your learning in anyway you wish – present the content that is important to you.

  • Think back to Week 1 and consider what you were looking forward to in this unit, and what you were not looking forward to in this unit. Did the reality match up to the expectation?
  • What are your impressions of the learning environment in this unit? Did it work? Consider the mix of online activities and workshops, the use of various media for learning materials, the nature of the assessment.
  • Which of the weekly activities did you find the most challenging?
  • Which of the weekly topics – the technologies – did you find the most interesting? Which did you enjoy the least?
  • Were there any technologies that you felt were missing from the unit? Were there any technologies that you think we shouldn’t have covered?
  • If you had to communicate one key learning what would it be?
  • Reflect on the interaction you had with your peers in this unit, particularly in the online environment. What worked? What didn’t?
  • Were there any lightbulb moments for you in this unit? If so, what were they?
  • Consider whether, on the whole, you enjoyed this unit. Now consider, on the whole, the quality of your learning experience – how much you learned, and the depth of your engagement with the content.
  • What is the key take-away for you in this unit – the one thing you’ve come to understand at a deep level? It might be something content related, or it might be something about you as a learner, or something completely different.
  • Is there anything else you’d like to share about your experience in this unit?
  • Incorporate any other thoughts or ideas that strike you as important.

There is no limit in terms of length for this activity – the number of words and times indicated above are a minimum, not a maximum. Invest as much time, and as many words, in this activity as you feel you need in order to reflect meaningfully on the unit.

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