Some of the most important things that I´ve learnt through my engagement in the ONL162 course is the importance of self-motivation and management of time when learning online. To contribute actively is important and I am happy that I participated as actively as possible and fully engaged in my learning in order to complete this course. It was good to have deadlines for the meetings in the PBL group and the schedule of the various topics set by the course leaders. These requirements among other things helped me to manage my time efficiently.
In the beginning of the course it also took time to become familiar and comfortable with the use of technology. I´ve also learnt the importance of having a good quality computer and internet access and always have a “plan B” in case of computer or other technical problems, when you are going to participate in discussions online. I think it´s necessary to immediately ask for help and communicate with computer technicians or facilitators if you experience technical difficulties.
Another challenge for me was to write and communicate in English since I have previously been most used to read English texts. But even that began to work better during this course, but I know that I need a lot more training to write and speak English. To write and communicate in English is something that I, besides using me of more digital resources, will develop for the future. I think that I will use digital resources to enhance learning/teaching in many ways, for example as a way to introduce students to a topic, as a stimulus to group or whole-class discussion, as a part of a lecture or demonstration and to engage students in activities that are not possible in a classroom.
Collaborative learning is possible for my students with the new technology through many different means, such as online discussion groups, interactive platforms and online classroom environments. The students can work together on group projects, publish on blogs, solve problems, have debates and study teams and use computer tools and resources to search for information and create products. Using technology for collaboration allows my students to engage in conversations and learn synchronously or asynchronously, no matter where they may be attending a course. All the time technology is changing and as a future teacher I will continue to develop my understanding and practice regarding the use of technology to help my students to learn effectively.