The following post may contain the following: gushing, warm fuzzies, and positive vibes..
I have sincerely enjoyed the interactions and unit content I have been engaged with in EDFD459 this semester. I never really thought I’d be so eager to check LEO (Learning Environment Online) every day. I really enjoyed checking in to see what people had written in response to the e-tivities every week.
In terms of unit content, I feel as though some of the things I have learnt over the past 12 weeks will be some of the most practical when I (eventually) have my own classroom! I’m particularly excited that I’ll be able to bring a wealth of knowledge about PLNs and the electronic learning space to a school one day. I also can’t believe how useful Twitter is as a professional development tool! I never thought I’d be using it to look at lesson plans, check up for links to interesting educational articles, or just keep up to date with the happenings of the educational world!
However, I think the most valuable part of this unit has been the transformative learning experience that we have all experienced. At the beginning of the semester we were all ridiculously concerned with meeting expectations, ticking things off lists, and ensuring we had done things ‘properly’. However, as the semester progressed, under the trusty guidance of Adam, we have all learnt that sometimes it’s not about getting it right, it is about progressing through content and using it to enhance your understanding and responding to it to show your understanding. I found myself changing from writing descriptive forum responses to more critical and thoughtful ones as the semester went on. I am so grateful that my thinking has been challenged, and that there’s been so many helpful and lovely students around to give feedback on my musings.
EDFD459 is the unit of work that prompted me to start up this blog (not exactly of my own free will, it’s part of an assignment haha), but I have thoroughly enjoyed trying to post at least once a week. I intend to keep posting to this little page as I continue my university degree and beyond!!