Unit 3, Activity 1: LRNT 527 Reflective Blog

The past 7 weeks have saw my progress in the cultivation of design thinking and recognition of how to prepare digital learning resources. Among all the rewards, the most surprising achievement is the team design of evaluation rubrics – it is where I had ignored, by which I mean I hadn’t designed the evaluation from such a holistic and systematic way that incorporate all possible stakeholders. Usually, from my former work experience, my focus had been targeted exclusively on students’ feedback and academic performances in terms of my solution. Not until the learning of course have I realize the systematic way of accessing the outcome of digital learning design. Particularly, the comprehensive way of thinking makes me reflect on my role not as a pure course designer, but more as project manager who need to take into account of the benefits for all stakeholders.

Apart from the achievement for academic readings in each unit, the conversation and feedback from instructors and classmates act as another key resources of knowledge in this unique course. Among so many insightful suggestions, Dr. Jenni Hayman’s suggestion on our Co-Created Rubrics for Evaluating Digital Learning Resources (Team) means something more interesting and meaning for my reflection and further thinking in this work. Her question on the customization of our rubric to meet the requirements for multiple contexts provides me with an insight into the practicality of our theoretical design in everyday business – I believe this is the very goal of our course – to translate our  prototype from class into practical solutions that be used as practical tools to address conundrums embedded in everyday business. More importantly, the suggestion indicates the thinking methods of course designers, who should bear in mind in the practicality in real business in the process of design.

Also, when it comes to my preferred reflection channels and processes in terms of my lifelong learning, so far I will say social media such as Twitter and Facebook is a useful platform. As for international courses, digital platforms such as Discord is a key channel for me to share ideas with classmates and learn from their suggestions. On the other hand, as to my current work communication with students and colleagues back in China, we use smartphone APP such as WeChat very frequently, it is also a popular tools to keep connected with students online, by which I can post threads for others to leave feedbacks.

Finally, when it come to the question as to how I plan to utilize the design thinking process for the design and creation of digital learning resources in the future, I am deeply convinced that the experience and thinking model I have acquired will be conducive to my real working contexts. From the skill of identifying Problem of Practice to counting possible stakeholder that may involve in the design, as well as the evaluation of outcomes pertaining to all stakeholders. All these skills can be of great value of my future career.

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Eric Yu is a dynamic English Second Language Instructor in the areas of distant learning. He holds a Bachelor degree from the Shanghai International Studies University and is currently studying in the MS degree from Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC, Canada. Since moving to Canada in 2011, he acclimated himself to the local anculture, and quickly built a cross nation online learning practice, getting involved in IELTS teaching and other online training projects between China and Canada. Eric Yu currently lives in Shanghai, China and work as the team leader of online after-school education in Global Eduation of Puxin Limited. He loves music and is fascinated to search for rare CDs and LPs of rock and jazz musicians in 1960s. Eric Yu has performed well in a diverse range of team environments, from every corner of the world. He lives in Shanghai, China but travels around the world frequently both for work and leisure.

One thought on “Unit 3, Activity 1: LRNT 527 Reflective Blog”

  1. Hello Eric, thank you for sharing your reflection about your course experience. I’m very glad the practical nature of this course has provided value for you. High quality design of learning experiences is indeed about project management, especially about reflection and iteration based on continuous learning (with and from actual learners, ideally). The more feedback that can be gathered about a design, even in the form of a well-designed rubric for comparison of features, the better the resource over time. I very much enjoyed learning more about your context and problem of practice in your context and look forward to seeing your final iteration for this course.

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