Monday, April 27, 2015

Topic 2: The Digital Me

As I looked back when I first started using computer, I realized that change appears to be the only constant in the digital world. From Charles Babbage, Allan Turing and Augusta Ada Bayron to Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and other personalities who contributed their knowledge to the modern digital world that makes our life easier. 

Honestly, when I enrolled BS Computer Science in the university, I don't really have any idea what it is all about. All I know is that we are going to use computer and I am interested to do so, then the digital me have started... 

During my school days in college, I used "WORDSTAR" for simple word processing tasks like making reports, reaction papers, letters etc.(much better than using a typewriter anyway), "LOTUS123" for basic spreadsheet application and if I want to put some black and white images, I am using "Print Magic" a software that contains a collection of images. On the other hand, for programming I used COBOL, Assembly Language, Turbo Basic, Turbo Pascal, Turbo C and DBASE where the command prompt is a dot. All of these are all DOS based where you can only see black and white for its interface. All of these are DOS based software where you have to memorize all the commands. Fortunately, before graduation, I started to use software with graphical user interface (GUI). This time, I don't need to memorize the command in formatting disk, renaming files and other DOS commands. I started using Windows 3.10 that supports MS OFFICE 1995, a package that comprises of MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, MS Schedule and MS Access. The funny thing at this time is when me and my friends got our first email account, we became famous in our class. That time having your email address means you are good in the internet, imagine sending your message quickly than the snail mail thru the post and chatting this time is very rampant though I am not into it. 

I started my teaching career in 1998,right after graduation. At 20,  I got my first job to be a computer lecturer. I used to deliver my lectures thru MS PowerPoint and TV. We used to create Yahoo groups to collaborate and for the students to submit their assignments and other requirements. 

Actually my first social networking experience was with "Friendster" in 2002, it quickly grew to become one of the most popular network on that time. Then, I have created my first Facebook account in 2007, at first I used it for meeting people but later on, I also used it for as the official page in the university and for small business. Nowadays, I am using LinkedIn, Google+ and Twitter for professional networking.  When I started E-learning, I begun to use different Content Management Tools to present my lessons thru MOODLE, WIZIQ for making MOOC and now I just I started with Adobe Connect.

I am very glad to be given a chance to join ONL151 because I have learned a lot like Twitter chat, Padlet, hangout and I am hoping to learn more.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Topic 1: Connectiong and Networking

Open Networked Learning is an interesting program to enhance our career in E-learning. Life indeed is a continuous process of learning, if you stop learning, it is just like you also stop living. I have been teaching for almost 15 years and experienced different teaching pedagogy in delivering my lessons, from using visual aids, posters and card boards to a sophisticated digital approach. Now, in the era of digital learning, I am very keen in using different tools that will help me design good materials for my students. 

Now that I was given a chance to participate in ONL151, I expect to learn a lot by collaborating with different people on their own field of expertise. Therefore, I am looking forward to learn more about Open Networked Learning and apply it in my profession. Being part of PBL Group 4 is a good experience since this is my first time to collaborate with other people online though I did not meet them before. We will be working together and expect to submit output from sharing ideas and skills.

The first webinar in Open Networked Leaning last (ONL151) is a good start for me to be oriented about PBL (Problem Based Leaning) and FISH model. For a couple years in teaching, I have been practicing PBL and FISH but I am not just aware that these are the proper terms for those activities I have done. Therefore, I have research more about PBL to know it’s importance and proper application.

 Problem-based learning (PBL) is a student-centered pedagogy in which students learn about a subject through the experience of creating a problem. Students learn both thinking strategies and domain knowledge. PBL originated in the medical field because the teachers in the medical field felt that their students would benefit from real world situations instead of simply learning facts. 
 In traditional learning set-up, we are told what we need to know thru listening and learning from the teacher in the classroom then memorize and apply the new knowledge in problems assigned to illustrate how to use it but in PBL,students are encourage to identify problems, discusses and decide on one particular problem to solve. Afterwards, the group begins to find facts that give some insight to the problem, brainstorms possible solutions and the teacher or a student representative records the ideas. Students discuss these ideas and expand on them. At this point the teacher can ask critical thinking questions that lead the students to analyze the situation and possible solutions more in-depth. 
 I can say that PBL pedagogy is better since it covers three domains of learning: cognitive, affective and psychomotor where the students develop higher order thinking skills. Therefore, PBL encourages students to develop higher thinking skills that makes the student achieve up to the highest level of Bloom’s Taxonomy of Cognitive Learning. Thru reading, hearing, viewing of images, watching videos, learn and collaborate with others makes PBL promotes self directive learning that ensures higher retention level of learning.