Why I joined COETAIL: learning a mile a minute!
For my first COETAIL blogpost, I am going to refer to a blogpost I wrote previously, Globally Connected- an inquiry into Word Works, which highlights my experience with Twitter and blogging and how it accelerated my own learning and professional growth. Over the winter break I enjoyed reading Mastering Digital Literacy, in which Steve Hargadon calls this a ‘personal cognitive revolution’:
— Marcelle Houterman (@mthouterman) December 28, 2015
I had heard about COETAIL and when I explored blogposts by other COETAILers I recognized I was not alone in experiencing this revolution, so how soon could I join?
One thing in the orientation course that struck a chord was in the What is blended learning? video, which said creation is the highest order thinking skill on Bloom’s taxonomy. It reminded me of when I experienced this growth before when I entered university and was expected to create (write and research) as opposed to how I was taught in high school where I struggled to memorize facts and sit tests. I did this mostly by myself, so even though the creation part was helping me learn much more than before, there was one important thing missing. Vivian’s post on COETAIL Orientation Day and her reference to an online university course, really underlined for me how far we’ve come in understanding the power of making connections in relation to learning and how we can use technology to leverage that.
Really looking forward to COETAIL!