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Wk 3 - Final reflections

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As we're concluding, we'd like to hear from you about your experience here.

  • What worked for you? What didn't?
  • What new directions would you like to go in in terms of your own personal learning?
  • What future groups or courses would you like to see on P2PU to explore this further? (There's a space to discuss this here.)


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Task Discussion

  • Liz Renshaw   March 27, 2012, 11:51 p.m.

    Hi There


    Karen, i sent an email but I think its vanished. So just wanting to get a cert of participation. Have filled in the form etc.

    this is just for interest and maybe future debate in another context etc..... I have enjoyed this experience for the learning and the conversation....

    Can you let me know how best to go about this?


     thnks Liz

  • karen   March 29, 2012, 11:42 a.m.
    In Reply To:   Liz Renshaw   March 27, 2012, 11:51 p.m.

    Hmm, I didn't get an email, but am happy to get you (and anyone else who wants one) a certificate of participation. Just email your participation log and your physical mailing address to me at karen at k12opened dot com. Also let me know if you would like documentation of the approximate hours you spent on the certificate or not.

    I'm always interested in what kind of "credit" or certification is most useful to folks on P2PU. We've done these certificates in the past and also talked about badges and various forms of university credit (which would be at some cost; we explored this in the past, but ultimately decided not to do it at the time because of trade-offs in the group format and experience....still something we're thinking about though).

  • Joe Dillon   March 27, 2012, 5:12 p.m.

    My most immediate reflection comes from the week 3 web session. We spoke about how most people had continued to post on week 2's thread, "Mapping your personal learning." 

    When I suggested that the topic had gotten so much traffic that it might be a good course topic, Karen reminded me that there was a great deal of discussion on that thread but very few maps.

    That is exactly the kind of situation that gets me interested in the next P2PU school of ed course. I'm still interested in considering:

    • Where does the participant use of these virtual spaces take the course?
    • How does the result differ from what we envision at the start and what can we conclude, or inquire about further?
    • Does community development itself suggest a direction?
  • karen   March 24, 2012, 11:56 a.m.

    At the end of P2PU experiences like this, I often feel a little sadness and wondering "What's next?" How do we stay in touch and keep learning together?

    I've enjoyed seeing some continuity building in the P2PU School of Ed courses, even though we're pretty new. I have also followed many of you on twitter and g+ and like staying in touch that way.

    I wonder if the School of Ed will develop into more of a community. What are the pros and cons? What would need to be done to maximize the best parts of this while still being open and welcoming to people who just want to drop in for a short time?

    In terms of this group, I loved the deep and thought-provoking conversations. Thank you, all.

    And as always on P2PU, I wonder about the people who participated or followed, but who we didn't get to hear from. Were you lurking and learning with us? Were you absent because of other demands on your time? Did the group not meet your needs? If you're reading, let us know. :)

    And as a final thought, I hope that wherever we go next in the School of Ed, the ideas come from you. That's what self-directed learning is all about.

  • Liz Renshaw   March 22, 2012, 12:50 a.m.

    Some final random thoughts - part 1

    I've decided to finish off a Masters program with a couple of units to go but I want to go somewhere that is offering something flexible, self directed, learner centred and 'of interest'.....  The challenges are self evident ...... and no doubt similar to those in other places.... so where to?

    Just read/watched Learning for the Future, with Phil Rice, who is associated with a couple of Uk Unis. He has a keen focus on learning and has some great commonsense things to say about about students learning today. He cautions unis to ignore the changing way learners go about learning at the own peril... 


    So if spaces like P2PU et al are offering learning experiences which are deep, connected, engaging, intellectually satisfying, creative, based on our emergent needs, and so enjoyable where do we go from here? How do we continue to share and shape our learning? Do we 'collect' badges as evidence of our learning to use for jobs,promotions, etc etc...?? I know Karen raised this issue in a recent post questionning the future of education and learning....  

    Karen also raised the critical issue that we just dont appear to have a culture of learning in our institutions. This is so ironically when a number of us appear to be engaged in working in educational systems in some capacity. Is it that these learning institutions are not institutions of learning?