Week 13, Research Process

After having a lovely chirstmas and new year we have come back to our lecture with out Sandra, hope she gets better! The lovely Tom had to do the lecture by himself and he spoke about our upcoming research purposal.

We looked at different parts of the purposal that we have to consider such as strategy, framework, participants and methods. We have to make sure that all participants are over 18 and give permission to use the information they provide into our proposal.

Week 12, Poster Exhibition

The day has finally come to present our Posters for the exhibition. The posters were based on our Digital me projects. Everyone put up their posters and stood by them while students went around looking at them and asking questions. It was a great way to break up for christmas holidays. Here are some pictures of my peers posters

Processed with Moldiv

Processed with Moldiv

Processed with Moldiv

Merry Christmas and happy new year guys!

Week 11, Research Project

In today’s lesson we went through our research project that is coming up very soon in week19. We found  that we had to do a proposal and a report. The proposal would count as 10% towards our final mark and the report would count as 20%.

The proposal would be about what I will do for my research project, having a introduction with the background of my project. When doing our projects we have to have a consent form to make sure that everyone who participates in our research are over the age of 18 and that they give consent for us to use the information given. We will have to talk about how we will carry the research out and why we have chosen to do that particular topic. Another import part of this proposal is to add a literature review, to see what acedemics have said about the topic at hand.
The report itself will be about the findings on topic we choose.

Week 10, Having a scientific attitude!

In this weeks Wednesday lesson we had our seminar first and then had our lecture. The first part of the morning was about getting creative and had the usual fun practical lesson. We were shown different was of learning and making learning  fun and interesting, through different technics, such as using art.Learning does not have to be boring and mass of papers with words from note taking. Different ways how to make learning fun are:

  • Drawing essay’s before writing them
  • Coming out of your comfort zone
  • visual note taking
  • using technology and playing around with it

Pushing your self to try new things is very scary, trust me I know, even starting this course and entering the university life was a very big step for me. No one in my family has been to university and barely even finished secondary school due to war, so it is stressful as i want to succeed. I am realising that it does not have to be stressful in a bad way, embrace it and make it fun, by finding different ways of doing so. I really did enjoy todays lesson and really did motivate me and even got me starting my poster for my digital project, which lead me actually finishing it!!

Looking at the previous digital projects had scared the life out of me the other week but when todays lecture had finished I was inspired. Technology and all this fancy project are not as hard as they seem, I came out my comfort zone and ended up picking the digital project that to me seemed the hardest. From the feedback I have received I am feeling much more confident and I am very impressed with my self. Dont worry, in the next few weeks I will share the famous project.

Let me get back on track! So we went on the drawing a stick man, YES I said it, a stick man and then draw a stick figure of our selves. Here is mine:
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The first picture is far away, second is not. third is reflection and last but not least a brick wall. After all the fun Sandra left us and Tom gave us the lecture. He talked about being systematic, being a sceptic and being ethical.

Week 9, Research

Today we tackled two words that we have been hearing from the beginning of the course. The two words are Ontology and Epistemology. Tom discussed the meanings of both words. Ontology meaning the study of what there is in general and epistemology is the study of knowledge and justified belief.

We then went on to the visualisation and drawing workshop and drawing for thinking, learning and communication. We looked at different approaches for our research such as bubble drawing, collage and brainstorm. Sandra pointed out a cool idea, have you ever doodled on a piece of paper in class or on the phone? Well, it was pointed out that it may be a way of concentrating or even a way of making notes, see note taking does not have to be just writing.

If you thought that we were about to have a lesson without an activity your wrong, come on would Sandra and Tom do that to us no. Of course we had another interesting activity, so we had to do a blind drawing, YES I said. We had to draw one of our classmates that were sitting next to us without looking at our piece of paper and this is how my poor classmate Greta ended up looking like:
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And this is how two of my classmates drew me:
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Week 8, Digital Me!!

Another interesting lecture, found a lot of information for my digital project which I have been scratching my head about for the last few weeks. Previous to todays lecture I have been so confused about our project and today it is much clearer. We found out different ways in which we can tackle our digital projects and what will be coming up in the next few weeks.

The different ideas that we were given was:

  • Gol Animate
  • Thinglink
  • MOOC
  • Timeline
  • Pintrest
  • Zeega

We then found out about our week 12 poster exhibition about our digital project. We were to make a poster either on the process of digital project or what we want our project to look like and be about when we finish. I am finding it hard to pick a subject for my digital project and scary as I am not really creative. In the next few weeks I will definitely need to get my thinking cap on for my poster. Just thinking about of ideas for my digital project is scary. There are different things that we can do for our digital projects such as: student guides, facebook study group ect.

Week 7, Presentation

The day had finally come, I knew I would have to face my fear at one point through the duration of the course but did not expect it would be so soon. Today was presentation day, the lovely ladies and I had to get up as a group and speak to a full lecture room and also had our mentors watching us too. I was so surprise that my class mates and I did so well, everyone seemed so calm and very professional.

I found todays presentations to be a great experience as I picked up different ideas, skills, from my class mates on how to do presentations as every group did there’s different to others. I also have to give it up to the students in my class that had the courage to get up and do the presentation one their own.

Overall it was scary but a great experience but do not want to engage in another presentation any time soon!

Week 6, Group Presentations

Today we carried on from week 4’s seminar where we made collages based on two readings from, Giroux and Thornburg. We had a couple of minutes to gather information from members of the group to establish the main points that we wanted to focus on. Two girls from our group got up and represented our group and our ideas. Every group had a few minutes to get their groups ideas across to the rest of the class.

The first group had Thornburg’s reading and they found that the campfire was a form of teaching, as people, ‘students’  gathered together like a classroom. They also had interpreted storytelling to be a style of teaching as you have one person talking to the group around the campfire.  The other part to the reading was the watering whole, which their group found to be old fashinoned where women use to go get the water and gossip. They found it to be a informal way of learning. Last but not least was the cave. They found the cave to be a solitary place or church and that life is what we put into practice through the cave, campfire and watering whole.

Our group was second to present our ideas based on Thornburg’s metaphors on learning spaces. Our grou0p concentrated on the campfire, unlike group one whole summarised on all three. We also linked the campfire to storytelling, as you would have an older person leading the storytelling. We found that the campfire is still seen in todays practice through circle time.

The third group also linked the campfire setting to having a elder person telling the stories.  They came up with an interesting point as they found the campfire to be a involuntary place of learning as children may not want  to learn but they get forced. Another interesting point they made is that they saw the cave of not just being an actual space but being in our heads.

The last two groups were based on Giroux’s article and they found that education should be for everyone and the same but also need to interested and like what they are being taught.  This groups understanding of the reading is that men and women should know why they are learning and that privileged people have more access to education and that students have to want to learn. Group five found through the text is that believing in our selves and having others believing in us is important and that we have to go through struggle to succeed.

We then had a lecture on how to do a presentation, to prepare us for week 7’s group presentation. We were given great information such as how we should layout the presentation with a introduction, agenda, main points ect. I found this very useful but at the same time very scary. Having to get up in front of a group of people is terrifying. After the lecture our group got together to make our poster and discuss our presentation to work out who will speak about what.
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Week 4, Self-efficacy

This morning we discuss in our bunker groups, about how we would build self-efficacy within the people who have left the bunker. The ideas that we came up with is by encouraging one another, through compliments, positive feedback, communication with one-another to come up with a plan on how to build the world as listening and valuing one-another views or beliefs shows respect and will build on a persons confidence. Another way of building self-efficacy within the survivors could also be accomplished by the group setting out goals that they want to achieve in a certain period of time. Self-efficacy may be achieved when the group achieve their goal, as every individual would have a part of it, which may make members feel accomplishment, and motivate them to carry on building the world.

We then went on to learn about South Oxhey which consisted us watching a clip of the invisible town. I then learn about that task we have to do in study week, which is going around the university and in our groups make a poster- map which links to last weeks reading. We then had a task we had to do with our bunker groups. The task was to make a collage relating  to the reading with the key ideas. This is our unfinished poster

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Week 3, Post-apocalypse

So, today we had another unusual lesson, I swear the lectures always seem to amaze me. This module is totally different from the others. In todays lecture we were yet again in groups, our group consisted of 6 people and this weeks group task was based on last weeks lesson, but we had to think about happened after finally being able to leave the bunker. We had to think about:

  • How will our world run
  • What world would we build
  • Plan a world and a education system
  • Think about what would be done in the word after 0years, 5 years and 10 years of leaving the bunker.

Every group got given a year that they had to discuss what they think would be done in this empty world after coming out of the bunker. We had to build a world from scratch but have to consider what would have been done, not only in the year that our group got given but the others to, for example our group was given the year 10. So we first considered what we thought would happen in year 0 then year 5 so that we could workout what would be done in year 10. This is what we come up with:

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We then had to pick one person from the group to get up in front of a panel to present our ideas which the panel them commented and made note about, which are presented below:

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We then went on to look at two texts that look at education,  the two texts were: Giroux article on lessons to be learned from Freire and Thornburg on metaphors of learning spaces. Everyone was in groups and we all had to read through the text and highlight important/useful information.