Learning on the Run

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25 Hour Learning Challenge

Below are the weekly steps required in the 25 Hour Learning Challenge. Each blog post reflects these weekly prompts.

 

Week 1 : Identify your learning goal

  • Identify a skill, talent, or activity that you would like to learn.  Your learning target does not need to be education-related. You could learn a new hobby (e.g. learn to bake a soufflé), adopt a new sport (e.g. wakeboarding anyone?), or cultivate new skills within an existing practice (e.g. expand your dancing repertoire to include the tango).
  • Set a goal for your target learning.  How will you know when you’ve achieved success (e.g. I can jump the wake on my wakeboard without falling)?
  • Identify resources to support your learning process.  Resources can be people, organizations, websites, books, etc.
  • Blog about your learning goals and resources.  Write a blog post identifying your learning challenge and resources.  Use social media such as Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter to share your blog with friends and colleagues.

 

Week 2: Begin learning your target activity/skill.  As you learn, monitor your progress through a blog post that addresses the following

  • Describe your learning activities and achievements.  What did you do?  What have you accomplished?
    • What connection have you made between this module’s focus on creativity and innovation and your own learning experience?
  • Describe of your learning processes.  What are you finding frustrating or satisfying in the learning process? What has surprised you in your learning process?
  • Describe of your learning supports.  What is supporting your learning process?  How have you utilized resources to support your growth?  What new resources have you identified?   What interactions have you had with mentors / models?  How have you engaged with affinity groups / communities of practice to support your learning?

 

Week 3: Continue developing your target activity/skill. Pay particular attention to the collaboration involved in your learning.

If you haven’t already, reach out and find collaborators who can support your learning process. You may find a mentor who can share his/her expertise, a community of practice who can provide guidance and encouragement, and/or a mentee who you can teach and encourage to follow in your footsteps. Consider how you can leverage technology to support these collaborations – e.g. use google hangouts to connect with a mentor or mentee, follow experts on twitter, or join an online community interested in your topic.

  • How do each of these collaborations influence your learning? What challenges do these collaborations pose?
  • What happens when you are given conflicting advice or when your mentor isn’t immediately available? Does the collaboration inspire divergent thinking or does it restrict your creativity?
  • Is collaboration a net positive or a net loss in supporting your learning process?

 

Week 4: This is your final week to work on developing your target activity/skill. In this module’s blog posts pay particular attention to how your digital identity has influenced your learning and vice versa.

  • How has your use of blogs, tweets, and other social media for this process changed your digital identity?
  • How has your increased digital footprint contributed to building a collaborative learning community that supports your learning goals?

 

Week 5: In this blog entry, assess and reflect on your experience with the 25-hour learning challenge.

Share your reflections as a learner and the implications in your classroom teaching. Consider the guiding questions in each of the five categories when you share what you have learned:

  • Your achievements – What were your successes?  Where did you fall short?  What did you accomplish that surprised you?
  • Your experience as a learner – What was successful about this learning experience for you?  What did you find motivating or rewarding?  What did you find frustrating or discouraging?
  • Your process as a learner – What resources did you use to support your learning?  What helped you most as a learner?   How did participatory learning, creativity, digital literacies, and collaboration support your learning process?
  • Implications for instructional practice – What are the implications of your learning experience for your work in the classroom?  How can you organize teaching and learning to more fully engage students in a participatory learning process?
  • Implications for teaching 21st century literacies – What literacy skills were required for your to fully engage in participatory learning? How can you design literacy instruction to ensure that students are prepared to more fully engage in participatory learning practices now and in the future?

 

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