In winter I was asked to provide an online course at Linz Pädagogische Hochschule for Erasmus exchange students. With a colleague from Linz we agreed to call this course “Learning and teaching in the 21st century”. The purpose of the course was to explore together with students some new trends in learning and teaching. During a 7 week’s period we spent some time on reading, thinking, analysing and reflecting on concepts such as personal learning environments, bring your own device, open content and open educational resources, e-portfolio, etc., but we also tried out some networked tools and services for facilitating our learning and teaching.
I have facilitated many entirely online courses, but despite of my experiences I have to admit that I feel a need to have at least one face-to-face meeting with students to get to know them better. It gives a more promising start for the whole journey with people you haven’t met before. However, I believe we managed to create a nice motivating atmosphere for exploring learning and teaching in the 21st century.Read More