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Week02 - Declare (23/1-30/1)

Declare how you will use 'Online Resources' to support your own acquisition of subject matter or pedagogical knowledge.  In this course it's valuable to embrace tools/resources that can create competency for 'Teachers Open Online Learning' (TOOL).    

Facilitators note: During this course I recommend that you invent an ACTIVITY and declare a possible OUTCOME or take ACTION to create an EVENT.


Last weeks reading focused on the UNESCO perspective on ‘Capacity Development’ and they are suggesting changes in pedagogical practice to integrate technology.

“Teachers, too, must have the ability, motivation, inclination, encouragement and support to experiment, continuously learn and use ICT to build professional learning communities working toward creating knowledge.”

In both ‘OLDaily ~ January 20, 2012’ (Stephen Downs) with an article form “The 21st Century Fluency Project” and the SlideShare presentation “Towards Digital Fluency” (Alec Couros) there is a taste of ‘Skills & Knowledge’ we need as teachers.  On the course blog my aim is to develop a performance-based rubric that assess teachers key concepts, skills and processes.  This will be used when we create badges for this course in week05.  

The questions this week are:

2.1 What do you see as the opportunities of TOOL for professional development?

2.2 What do you see as the challenges of TOOL for professional development?

2.3 What do you see as the changed practice of TOOL for professional development?


Task02: Write a short text that describes the crossover of the circles in the Venn-diagram 

Suggested reading for Week03 - Network & Cluster (30/1-6/2):

Task Discussion

  • Jonas Backelin   Feb. 1, 2012, 9:29 a.m.

    We have this week investigated 'Capacity' and everyone has agreed that one way forward to meassure 'Skills & Knowledge' could be assessment badges following Mozilla's Open Badge structure.  

    I'm trying to incoroprate the ideas from 'The Inernational Coach Federation' (ICF).  Coaching skills are hard to meaaure and often questioned.  They have created two main documents:

    Notice how they also explain "Applicant will NOT receive a passing score if:" and the use of 'Peer Rewiew' reference and mentor training.  

  • Liz Renshaw   Jan. 31, 2012, 11:24 p.m.

    What do you see as the changed practice of TOOL for professional development?

    1. PD has historically been delivered in a number of modes in my country including

    • one day training in face to face situation.
    • short training programs eg 3 days
    • academic/structured university courses
    • external consultants with specialised expertise
    • online, skills based, short, just in time training.

    2. teachers often have a mentality that if the organisation wants them to develop new skills it is there role to provide access to training and time out of work to do it.

    3. PD has never been about LEARNING, or how people learn but about specificy skills related to the core business of the organisations. eg word processing, email, administrative systems.

    3.  TOOL is a fundamental shift in the way PD could be executed. It is about teachers accepting responsibility for their own learning and capability development.

    4. TOOL focuses on LEARNING and offers the potential for teachers to experience deep learning as opposed to more shallow acquisition of a limite skill set.

    5. TOOL is a new tool for a new era of learning.


    Will think a bit more and come back to this question..

  • Liz Renshaw   Jan. 31, 2012, 11:14 p.m.

    2.2 What do you see as the challenges of TOOL for professional development?

    1. teachers prior learning experience may be in a more structured traditional context so PD in a more open environment may be challenging.

    2. teachers may be resentful, angry, hostile or overjoyed and engaging in a different way of learning. - could be emotional fallout and resistance.

    3. TOOL needs participants to have a proficiency in digital technical skills so lack of readiness could be an issue.

    4. TOOL may need to have grand central station in its design- in other words a heart/core that offers those new to open learning a stable reference point for communiciations, and information sharing.

    5. As a new concept there might need to be a couple of creators for TOOL - collaboration could be the way to go.

    6. Participants could become lost/disconnected/isolated easily... it would be important to facilitate those netweavers doing their work, and welcoming, connecting and pollinating the networks.

    7. This is really a very different way of learning for people I would think, and so understanding the underpinning assumptions could present challenges for teachers.

    8. Whilst teachers may gain badges as evidence of their achievements in TOOL, is this a recognised 'accreditation' method in their work situation, what value would badges have for them as professional currency.


  • Liz Renshaw   Jan. 31, 2012, 10:39 p.m.

    What do you see as the opportunities of TOOL for professional development?

    1. TOOL offers an excellent framework for PD for teachers.yes

    2. It's free, easily accessible, and provides vast opportunities for networking and community building approaches. 

    3.The teaching workforce will need to have capabilities that allow them to handle information, reflect, create, solve problems and construct new knowledge so TOOL can assist them to do this.

    4. Such an approach will facilitate teachers moving towards being in control of their own learning.

    5. It will also engage them in narrating, curating and sharing information/ideas as they develop their own digital fluency capabilities.

    6. Being in the outside world, as opposed to a program set up and run by governments, or organisations it will not be subject to the constraints, and limitations that can often impact on severely on the design, implementation and evaluation of learning options.

    7.Allows the leveraging of the internet, and an abundance of educational resources openly available online

    8. Allows a brilliant modelling of how things could be delivered in the classroom. So it is learning that can directly be utilised in the classroom.

    9, It represents authentic learning and tasks, approaches and resources that are related to real life situations..

    10. It could bring about deep learning as opposed to surface learning which can often result if people attend short training programs for PD.smiley









  • Liz Renshaw   Jan. 21, 2012, 10:15 p.m.

    Hello Everyone

    Well, these resources are certainly very interesting and will take me time to unpack and understand.  So we have some challenging tasks for this week which will certainly push our boundaries and help us to develop new ways of thinking about ICT skills and teaching practice.

    I am very glad to be engaged in learning in this way as it seems like it will give me some time to look specifically at issues surrounding the networked teacher.

    Also the use of P2PU is opening my eyes to very different ways of working on a global basis.

    would love to hear what everyone else is thinking?

    Regards Liz

  • Courtney Burken   Jan. 23, 2012, 11:22 a.m.
    In Reply To:   Liz Renshaw   Jan. 21, 2012, 10:15 p.m.

    Absolutely challenging tasks but, potentially, very helpful as well!

    New ways of thinking are regularly productive-  it will also take me some time to get it swished through my brain so I can comment coherently.  Will work on it.

    Courtney Burken