Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Intuition and learning online

I joined an online course about digital media and e-learning. It is organised by Coursera team and is for free. Everybody can take this course, there are no special requirements. As I entered the online classroom yesterday I found out that in this space there are 30 000 people sharing and learning. I saw a housewife from China, a professor from US, teacher from Indonesia to name just few, all signing up to form working groups.

It was amazing and confusing at the same time. So much was happening but actually I was still sitting at home in Sweden in front of my computer screen. One could feel how the crowded space felt empowering and also a bit frightening.

How to focus, how to manage this information load, how to find your way and most of all to learn about digital medias? It has so much to do with intuition. The decisions we make in this kind of chaotic spaces where within a fraction of a second we decide what link to follow, whose posts to read etc. This intuitive acting determines our individual learning outcome.    

During the next months I will be experimenting with this learning environment taking part of online classes in addition to the already mentioned course about digital medias, I will learn to write in English, study Philosophy and Sociology with people from all over the world. Lets see how it works out. 

It is my intention to share some of my experiences here but also to develop a special space for the reflections and learning. I will provide the link as soon as I have established the new blog. 

On Thursday we´ll start the Intuitive Pedagogy course here in Solvik. Many people are coming from several countries. Some of them have already arrived. There is much happening. Again. And it is of course very exciting.

Besides learning online it is very important to meet and experience things together in real life situations. Be present in your body, learn to sense into the situations or just meet and talk face-to-face. Nothing can replace this. 

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