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Activity 0.1: Starting a journal

A way to make our learning more powerful

Purpose: To use reflection to deepen our learning
Task: Start keeping a learning journal

Keeping a journal is a great way to reflect on your learning. You are encouraged to keep a journal of your experiences on this course from the outset. This will help you to monitor your own growth as an online facilitator and to review how much you have learned at the end of the course. You can keep a paper journal or record it electronically as a word processing document. This is a private space for your eyes only, where you can say anything you want at any time!

You will also be encouraged to bring some of your reflections to the course community in a blog within the course environment. This will help you to contribute to the course and to receive feedback from others. Some of these reflections will also help you to participate in the end-of-week ‘Reflections’ topic, which is the last activity each week. Some of these reflections will be directed by questions posed by the facilitator. However, you should feel free to share reflections or ask questions about anything else related to the course. Please post messages in blogs owned by colleagues in the course if you want to engage with their thinking. On the other hand, you are not obliged to reply to comments by anyone else in your blog.

Here are some questions that will help you to start your learning journal and blog:

  1. What are your feelings about the course before you start?
  2. What are your goals and expectations for the course?
  3. How will you know if you have met your goals?

Be as specific as possible and enjoy using your journal on your learning journey.

Tools: Private learning journal, shared blog
When: Throughout the course starting from now

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