I had two questions...
- How will I/we/they (academics) know when/whether the technologies deployed have enhanced learning?
- How can we identify when learners have disengaged from learning because the technology acts as something other than an enhancer?
I am not entirely sure I have a succinct answer for either.. yet.
Right now I think my own experience for Q1 has helped me to feel more comfortable with the learner measuring this aspect. The learner will know if it has enhanced their learning, they can tell me this through evaluation of the learning activities I present. I think my role is to ensure that the technology I utilise in my teaching is inclusive/ used inclusively and where I make recommendations or use specific technologies, that they are freely available, easy to use, and suitable for the learning activities intended.
Regarding Q2, I got to this point personally a few times. Technology, even for the confident, can be overwhelming at times. A few times I did wonder whether the blog I began was enhancing my experience or creating too much stress ( from my over scrutinisation of my writing) to be worth the effort. A brief forum post would have been sufficient! I have Twitter but didn't really use it effectively, I have Google+ 'ditto', maybe I will use it more.... maybe I won't...
It was good to have choice, in the technologies and locations to post and build my evidence for my own learning activity. But to engage in meaningful discussions one to many, there was too much choice, this lead to my feelings of increased isolation. I think this view heavily shaped by my previous experience of online learning with clearly defined groups of members and communications in fewer locations. I have learned that I am an an apprehensive Blogger, Tweeter but can now reflect on experience.
I haven't felt a member of a cosy learning community but rather a knot contributing to create a huge Network...
So which knot are you?
I have enjoyed the MOOC. I have a few more weeks of materials to work through so I will continue my learning journey.
Just stuck my first badge on my backpack