One of the introductory courses assigned to us, the new LET students, Autumn 2016 is the Introduction to Learning and Educational Technology (INTRO). The course is divided into two sections, one on the theoretical aspect of learning, conducted by Hany Hachem, and the practical aspect of educational technology (the workshop), conducted by Jari Laru.
Our lecturer asked these simple questions in one of our learning sessions:
Why activate prior knowledge?
Why is learning a hard work?
Answering these questions is essential for teachers to design a good learning activity.
In Khalifah Model School (Secondary), when we transformed the school system from teacher-centered essentialism to student-centered progressivism, we believed that this transformation will help to save our students from being victimised by public education that concentrates a lot on low order thinking skills, mainly memorising and understanding. The transformation involved a lot of different approaches in teaching. In the new setting, students are supposed to take charge of their own learning, with teachers changing their role from being the ‘expert’ in content to the expert in designing a learning activity.
“Okay kids, see you in the evening!” I stepped out from our apartment heading to the university.
It’s the first day I left my wife and kids at our new home in Finland, while attending my morning classes at Linnanmaa campus, one class at 8:15 in the morning on the Introduction to Learning and Educational Technology, and another one at 10:15, our class on Survival Finnish Language. There will be around two hours break before another meeting with my Demola Oulu project at 2pm in the City Centre.
Collaborative Learning: a joint intellectual effort by students, sometimes with the instructor, searching for understanding, solutions or meanings or creating a product [LET 2016, Oulun Yliopisto]
Learning, Education and Technology (LET) program is built on three major themes and they are (i) collaborative learning (ii) self regulated learning, and (iii) learning of expertise. During this first one month of the program, we had several sessions to make ourselves familiar with collaborative learning. Hany Hachem helped us a lot introducing the concept. Instead of explaining them in lectures, he designed the sessions into many different types of collaboration which we do them ourselves, and reflect them each time the session ended.