Unit 1: Activity 3 Reflection Weller 2002 to 2011

Lesson 1 Immediate Relevance: 2005 Video

Video continues to be a part of my own learning and others around me access video, particularly YouTube, on a daily basis. I have not used YouTube personally to create my own lessons, however; family, friends, and I use it for quick knowledge and to problem solve, construct an item, or learn about a new concept. This is relevant and demonstrated through the comparison chart on page 87 between formal education and Informal Learning (2020). The latter for example being experimental, innovative, and a solution to short-term needs, which is satisfying.

I recently took apart our entire washing machine with the help of YouTube to repair the rubber ring within. Without video I would have less in my pocket and may have even replaced the item impacting the environment and spending grocery money. Another example of the beauty of video education, is my daughter was sitting on our couch crocheting. I’ve crocheted previously and years ago tried to teach her without gaining any enthusiasm. I asked her last night, when and where did she learn to crochet a blanket? Her response, was, YouTube. My husband wants to learn more about cryptocurrency and YouTube is his primary resource for education. YouTube provides information that we do not want to ask others about or use up their time, and it gives us immediate access to solutions through a visual demonstration. Video is relevant, popular, and accessible.

Lesson 2 Work Contradiction: 2003 Blogs

Blogging and the continuous involvement to be a blogger, respond to a blogger, or contradict and engage in others blogs, is extremely tiring and not at all a part of my work environment. In my opinion, blogging seems to be for individuals who have an excess amount of time online. I would rather sit with a friend, co-worker, or family member and have a personal conversation where the back and forth is immediate, opinions conversed and conversations kept private. Knowledge or information I gain in blogging is not something I use in teaching, education, or my current business environment and rather contradicts the progress I like to see at the end of the day. I would prefer to have concrete work to look at and that would bring a satisfaction of accomplishment versus blogging about my opinions, feelings, or points of view, which seems more for personal social media or in-person dialogue. It is difficult to imagine the physical cues that are missing through a blog. However; maybe I am mistaken and I have not found an opportunity or tried to be  successful with blogging and there is money to be made and knowledge to gain.

Reference
Weller, M. (2020). 25 Years of Ed Tech. Athabasca University Press. 25 Years of Ed Tech: The serialized Audio Version. (2021). https://25years.opened.ca

3 Replies to “Unit 1: Activity 3 Reflection Weller 2002 to 2011”

  1. Hi Myrna,

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on videos and blogging. Videos have been hugely helpful to me personally (I just watched one on cleaning a vacuum filter lol) but also in supporting my students in learning digital tools. So many great resources for them if I can’t be in the class sitting with them (especially last year during the pandemic!)

    My students are also not keen on blogging. They are student journalists who don’t really see the value in keeping up a website yet…but I have heard from past students that it has helped them connect to potential sources when covering their beats and also future employers.

    I do find it time consuming to put words on a screen rather than simply tell someone what I think…I am also guilty over overusing technical terms. Thanks for the reminder to check that impulse! Yikessss

    Alex

  2. Hi Paula,

    Thank you for your questions and perspective. I was thinking of blogging in terms of my work life to answer the activity question asked. To answer your question about our cohort and education blogs, I enjoy reading blogs that have personal connections and those that give me an incite into others lives and experiences. I don’t enjoy reading, similar to your point, those with fancy words.

    A comparison, is recently I was listening to our territorial candidates, and blogging could be thought of similarly to my thoughts on the candidates. Our current member hoping to get re-elected, studied his answers and had all the right things to say even to the point that he was reading off of notes on numerous occasions (I did not enjoy listening to his responses as it was a lot of political jargon), the second candidate was overly confident so far that she went to say “when I win over you…” (this made me uncomfortable to listen to and I do not enjoy pushy words like that). Lastly, the third candidate, spoke from his heart (I could connect to his responses much more than I could the others and he shared very similar concerns and solutions that I could relate to).

    Because of your questions and perspective, I am able to reflect on and think about the connections I have, which makes this blog that much more enjoyable. I appreciate the time you took to open my mind and ask thoughtful questions.

    Myrna

  3. Hey Myrna,

    Thanks for your post. I find your comments on blogging interesting. I would consider myself similar as a producer of blog content, in that it takes a long time, and often feels like a one sided conversation which does not align with my personal communication preferences.

    However, in flipping my perspective, as a reader – I find blogs, specifically academic ones, or those of this cohort to be of great value. I struggle to read highly academic research or articles that i consider it be written in “PHD-ese”, but reading blogs brings the information to me in a manner that is digestible and comprehendible.

    What are your thoughts? Do you enjoy the act of reading blogs of others, or is the entire world of blogging outside of your realm of interest.

    Paula.

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