I am now part of ONL162. I joined the course to learn new methods to communicate, interact and collaborate with others in my research, learning and teaching activities. The opening of the course was really nice. Just the fact that I am now connected with people all over the world makes me realise what a great resource this course is going to be. I also enjoyed the first webinar. I am used to closed discussions in small groups, but chatting with forty people was surprisingly easy and effective. Receiving immediate response to my comments and questions felt like an adrenaline rush. This week, we also had our first PBL group meeting. It was lovely to talk with the members of my group and I look forward to discussing our first scenario.
To be completely honest, I am also confused and overwhelmed. The course feels massive and there are many learning spaces that are completely new to me. Time is also a big concern. My schedule is crowded at the moment, with duties as a research leader, teaching responsibilities and two wonderful little girls at home. But I am willing to dedicate time to learn, participate and enjoy this course. Will this course open my mind and guide my teaching and research towards an open learning philosophy? Will it empower me to use methods and technology that I am not confident with?
I am ready for the learning journey.