#ONL192 Blog Topic 1: Online participation & digital literacies

ONL and Metacognitive Learning

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I’ve been fortunate to join and work with a great group in the open online course called Open Networked Learning (ONL). We are joining from Brazil, Finland, Germany, South Africa, Sweden and the US. Some are Open Learners; others have university affiliations.

For the past two weeks, my ONL group (the Eleveners) has been exploring Online Participation and Digital Literacies. We began our focus by generating questions of interest in a shared document and then narrowing down to what pushed us to dig deeper.

When we came together and shared our collective learning we used Padlet to compile our questions and findings, and then summarized key points. It felt exciting and satisfying to see our inquiry come to life on the Padlet and emerge as something new – like a fabric created by the group from individual threads of inquiry; the threads are strong and vibrant.   

Working with this group helped me see how my work as a student (learner) and collaborator with this ONL group are deeply tied. My colleague Anya and I investigated how to make the learning environment welcoming and open to new students and researched strategies that build this. When we met and talked about what we’d learned and how to represent it to the rest of the group and their findings she helped me realize that my experience as a student (providing required weekly feedback to my professor on positive and challenging elements of the course) connects with learning on the ONL group. She also helped me notice that this is an especially rich and valuable type of metacognition that occurs when a student researches and reflects how to create a safe and open environment and finds real time, real life examples at hand.

1 reply on “ONL and Metacognitive Learning”

Hi Donna!
Thank you for interesting reading! Now I understand more about your profession (after googleing it..)
Instructional designer- you work with creating and developing of instructional material for eg. schools !? We would need you in my place!
I discoverd that you use to blog and found interesting reading, especially about the Leadership embodiment! I reflected over the leaders/teachers/lecturers that really have the energy and power to make the audience gaping with big eyes, engulfed (right word?) of the person standing in front of them- yes most often Standing- In front- of the audience, relaxed, using their voice in a dynamic way.. a very physical statement. I could conclude: Humility to take in and respect every ones opinions and differences. Well, from there to the digital arena- how can we be as powerful in an online meeting??/Kattis

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