Reflection #6

1. Challenges help to learn

I see that “challenge” is a very positive term, as it calls for approaches that can be novel for an individual or a group, thus supporting learning. In this course the one main challenge was to figure out how from my dynamic and mobile work to participate the meetings. For instance, in this #onl172 course I was struggling how join the first online meeting while in a long-distance train from one university city to another, and where my colleague sitting in another wagon sent messages asking for a meeting.

Thus the challenge was not really technical but merely social. I decided simply to join the meeting and quickly realised that people in the train had their own virtual worlds to concentrate on. Truly interestingly online meetings are a new phenomenon, and would call for suitable spaces to join them.

The positive interpretation about “challenge” has greatly been evident in our pbl seven group. As a group one challenge was to create the ideas on approaches and tooling to use for topics. This was more evident in the first rounds but as a group we learnt iteratively to make faster decisions, largely thanks to leaders of topics of each round, and active participation and openness by others.

2. Insights are the key results

For me the key insight emerged in topic three where we were very well producing jointly contents for the story to share, and in very fast cycles improving the presentation until the last few hours before it went public. My insight was that in a group that has never physically met we can still come up with a point to focus on, we can gather research findings and our own experiences together, can make decisions on how to share results of our work, and can also work together to produce insightful presentations.

And this all in a rather short time frame. Now I am more and more thinking that the agile way of working can also happen online, and can even be much more efficient than in physical spaces. Further on, there were some great research articles shared within the course and in our group.

3. Tech + social helps to arrange learning

I have been doing blended and online learning, and media production, and in a very agile manner in various forms already for quite some time. However, if I now think how and what this course has influenced it is clearly this better understanding of groups being able to work online even if they have never met before. Thus I am thinking of organising online courses myself (or supporting them to be organised in my online learning project) and provide freedom for groups to work online for good learning results.

Thanks for reading! Happy to hear your comments 🙂



3 thoughts on “Reflection #6

  1. Oliver

    Interesting – and yes, could online meetings actually be far superior to physical ones? I can imagine that being the case, once we are more comfortable and used to the idea. They can seem awkward in the beginning, but I feel once you’ve tried them on a few times, you get used to the way they feel. And then you can begin to see the benefits.

  2. Kristina Gottberg

    Thanks Tomi for your reflections…myself being in your PBL group can comment on your participation from the long distance train, the first zoom meeting we had in the group. My reflection here is that your participation was a matter of engagement and willingness to participate in an online meeting by help of technology. It could have been easy to just say – I won’t work I’m busy and will not take part”. But You didn’t, it worked well! I think that “emotions” and interest in the digital world is crucial – everything works if you want it to…how can we change the prerequisites of people who are not interested in participating in online meetings?
    thank you for great PBL group work, a production team! /Kristina

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