So I’ve tried to savor Unit 3 and consequently, it’s taken me a while to post this piece. Since we were learning how to think like the web, I thought about how I was learning by being more conscious about where I had been fluttering around the web. The following sketch sums it up.
Note: Papa and Mama, this is my first drawing/sketchnote since your passing. It is dedicated to you both with much love.
- I read a few articles from Unit 3, notably Jon Udell‘s writings and his fascinating screencast of how volunteers created the Heavy Metal Umlaut Wikipedia page.
- I was in and out of the webinar hosted by the panel of Unit 3 facilitators. Gardner Campbell likened Jon Udell’s phrase, “awakening grains of sand” to the powerful learning that can happen when people connect and realize that a gap in their knowledge can be filled by bits of information published by other participants on the web. And that these bits of information can amount to a lot of learning over time; learning that is self-directed and interest-driven. I heard Gardner use the phrase, “virtual beach” to refer to the web, hence my attribution of that quote to both. Let me know if I’ve misquoted anyone.
- What really helped me a lot during this Unit was reading some blogposts of #CCourses learners and commenting on their blogs. These led to a bit of conversation which made me feel that the course wasn’t static but alive and filled with interesting people who were figuratively, pollinating other plants to facilitate fertile development.
- Visiting these blogs led me to new articles and books, such as the quirky publication edited by Paper Monument, Draw it with your eyes closed: The art of the art assignment, which I discovered by reading Life Speed Bumps blog by Laura Jones. You can check my sketchnotes to see the two other blogs I visited and documented. Of course, there are blogs I visited and did not leave behind any comments, sorry!
- I love the #DailyConnect feature. I used the Quozio app to create my nugget:
- Last but not least, this Unit motivated me to read the article, The impact of open textbooks on secondary science learning outcomes, in the latest Educational Researcher, 43(7). The drive to find data that heighten and validate the power of open resources is critical. I will write a bit more about this later. I don’t want to make this post longer than it should be though.
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