This is not the end. #create5

In this final reflection I would like say thank you to all moderators, participants and course designers. It has been one of the most fun courses I have taken and one of the best designed courses as well. Fireworks to you all!

In my Journey Template a wrote under ”Celebrate!!”: Curiosity. Play. Remix. Tribes. Fail. Repeat. Succeed and Live. All thees sections has helped me develop my self. I have gained new in sights and perhaps I see some thing new at the horizon. It is not visible yet, but I can feel it is going to be exiting and fun.

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Failing failure… #create5

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Ending the creativity ride #create5 with failure. Well, luckily the last section on this ride is ”Celebrate”.

My definition of failure is a remix of things a have read and seen. It goes: ”Failing is not failure when living outside of your comfort zone. Failure is not trying to live outside your comfort zone”.

In this section I enjoyed most discussing with workmates which cultural norm to break. We had some really good laughs at our table during the lunch break. It also helped to have a foreigners point of view.

One insight from this section is that Swedish people do not like to stand out. We discussed at lot of ideas around our table, but many of the ideas require the person who challenge the norm, to stand out, to be different. As a behavior scientist a know that we like to conform, to act as the group to be included, and now, when we discussed how to break a norm, it became obvious how much stamina you really need to do that.

In some sense, I guess creativity also needs stamina and guts. And this is where our tribe is needed. From the tribe we can collect courage and new perspective. No wonder, that creative people, artist etc have clustered into collectives etc in history. And most likely that will continue. Bold ideas comes often from a secure environment.

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Remix – great new concept #create5


Last week we have been working around a concept called ”remix”. It was a new concept for me. I was surprised by how fun I it was to think about different possibilities to change or add to a on-going process or a something that already was there. I was also challenged to try on something new, just to be able to contribute.

My definition of remix is that remix is a process that add new value and new perspective on something already existing.

The outcome of this modul was surprising and have got me thinking on time. Time is limited, and life should be fun and we should all try to leave the world better than we found it. So, I question myself, how do I do that? And am I doing it the right way?

The biggest insight I got from doing this, is that art and creativity is as individual as there is persons. That is I think a liberating thought, as remixing and sharing builds on previous work. And most probobaly, did that work do that as well. Creativity is ”add-on”.

This modul time did not work. But I work a bit harder this week to finish the modul.

Pushing on to the end. Hard word, great fun.

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Tribe, we all need one #create5

This is the third reflection in 5 habits of highly creative teachers.

##Say it: Finish this sentence: My definition of ‘tribes’ is … ”
…I guess some what convential, but I say: influnce, energy and support.

##Do it: Which exercise did you like best in this module? Why?
Creating lists. Both Music that reflects my life so far and 15 things I would do during this week without money and no work or other obligation.

1. Run
2. Take my camping kitchen and make coffee in the woods near a lake
3. Reed books
4. Take pictures
5. Go to the library
6. Make love to my girl friend
7. Go to bed early, wake up early
8. Write
9. Sleep in tent
10. Meditate
11. Think
12. Invite friends to a camp fire
13. Look at birds
14. Listen to music
15. Make more coffee
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##Own it: Finish the sentences to capture your process and attitude:
The biggest insight I got from doing the exercise was that life is full of life and opportunities to smile. Accept nothing else. Also that I need to explore more tribes to connect and explore my evolving creating and creative side.

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What is play? #create5

My play. Or some things I thought of as play. I hope to expand this. Play = Life?

My play. Or some things I thought of as play. I hope to expand this. Play = Life?

Play and playground

Play, a time of no time.
Playtime with flow; time outside limits and boundaries.
Time disappearing as the sun moves on the sky.

Long time ago.

Part two of 5 Habits of Highly Creative Teachers is personal. It works as an eye-opener. Play is a time with no watch. Play is time without any pressure to preform. “Long time ago” in the poem above, signals that I have had to little of that in the last year or two. In a new work, in a new town, involved in politics and to curious for my own good, my schedule did not include “play”. Realizing this a few months back, I decided to set a side either Saturday or Sunday as play days.

Play activities.
Play days are supposed to be spontaneous. I enjoy running outdoors, reading, being in nature, writing, sipping coffee, taking pictures or talk to friends. But is it play? Well, I think so. My sole purpose is the activity it self. Not the result. Engaging and enjoying the activity. Mindfulness in action.

Hobbies = Play?
Stepping back from the words above, I see my hobbies on the screen. Is play = hobbies? Is that perhaps different from children? Maybe play take on different forms during our life cycle and maybe hobbies are organized grown-up play?

My play refuel me. Some of that I described earlier I do on my own. I need that time alone. But I also need “social play”, sharing experience with my girl friend, family and friends.

Play drive passion. But passion also drives play I believe. If play includes hobbies, look for those hobbies, those that light up and transform your life.

Maybe I will take on the challenge from Stuart Brown

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Reflection on Curiosity #create5

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Climbing Curiosity.
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I love curiosity. My problem is constraining it, other wise it feels like my head will explode. But the task here is to reflect on me as an (.), (!), or (?) person. The (.) person is passive and indifferent, the (!) person is dogmatic and inflexible and those two are described as ”with a fixed mindset”. The third person (?) is inquisitive and curious and is describes to have a growth mindset.

So, in my subjective reflection I am a (?) person. Of course. How could you write anything else? But, with a bit more deeper thinking, it is easy to see situations where I am also like (!). But honestly, I do not see my self being a (.) person. I enjoy being alive too much.

The situations were I become a (!) person are in situations with strong emotional feelings, where the feelings work as a wet blanket to curiosity and creativity – it is ”my way or the high way”. I have experienced situations like that, and I also know that the turn out of those situation has not been great or things have happened that I am not proud of. But, sometimes feelings act before cognitive action and reflection. Knowing that, and experiencing the concequences, helps me to keep my mind focused and aiming for a growth mindset and to be a (?) person in as many situations as a possibly can.

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The Final Reflection of #fdol132 @openfdol

This is the end of #fdol132. This is the final reflection to rule them all, so this better be good…

Looking back in the mirror I see myself now much better oriented and with better tools and understanding of digital learning. Or should it just be learning in the 21:st century? Is it really interesting to discuss campus vs. online/digital/e-/distance/flexible learning in a dichotomous way, as if there was a choice between them? I believe that learning happens where people are and where they are motivated to learn, and at the moment the trend is online.

There may be different reasons for learning: getting a degree, to follow a family tradition or just learning for fun. Those patterns are changing, and with the help of open and distance learning, students are changing. Even at our 3-year program, not everyone is primarily a student, but combine work with studies. Those reasons will affect learning outcomes, and in particular the motivation and the follow through rate, I believe.

What did you learn about Flexible, Distance and Online Learning?
As I wrote above, learning is evolving. I will try to summarize and highlight my learning from the different units. Unit 2 brought up the necessity of digital literacy and digital competence. The 4C skills “curate”, “communicate”, “create”, “connect” together with a fifth “C”, “critical” are important skills to master for this new form of learning. Hand in hand with this comes the discussion of digital identity. Who are we? Are we the same person online and offline? Maybe it is even more complex, as we are different when the context and the arena change. I for instance created two new Twitter accounts after the webinar in this unit. I felt that I did not want to mix play and work, because I regard Twitter as a work tool. My Twitter accounts are: @martins_twtr (personal/environment), @martins_worktwt (work related/education/pedagogy) and @martin_educator (educator/student). Finally, digital competence should not be taken for granted.

I wrote in my notes from Unit 3 that dialogue have to have a purpose, otherwise we cannot expect students to participate. And even with my limited experience of teaching I can relate to empty forums, and teachers asking themselves (and colleagues during lunch) why students don’t communicate? Well, if they don’t have to, why should they, or maybe they just have chosen a different channel? But my greatest understanding form this unit was the idea that interaction among people are crucial, and that technology can not be in the way, it should just be there, but not be noticed, and not for the sake of new technology.

Unit 4 was about collaborative learning in an online environment. The paradox is that group work has pedagogical benefits, but is dreaded by online students. This becomes even more interesting as future (digital) learning is expected to arise in connection and interaction among different sources of knowledge, communities and social networks. New skills and new attitudes are needed I believe, and clever course design to facilitate for this new future, and resources to help the students who do not have digital and group work skills.

Supporting learners was the topic of Unit 5. Online learning may be lonely, and teacher presence is important. I found Simpsons PaMS method to be really important and valuable, and perhaps my greatest learning experience in #fdol132. Effort makes results (Dweck), be proactive in the contact with students (Andersson) and focus on student strengths (Boniwells). We had a great discussion in my PBL group about support and specially how to support students in a group work setting. Should focus be on process or product (result)? We ended up with many ideas, but to name one we believe that it might be good to focus on the process and especially early in a course or a long program.

Unit 6 was about open practices and open resources. I felt we left this unit with a rhetorical question: open for whom?

How will your learning influence your practice as a teacher in Higher Education?
This course has been very useful for me. It has opened up my eyes for new ways and new tools to use. But I believe it all comes down to course design, motivation, environment and time. Time to create new study tasks and learning opportunities, new assessments and new ways for motivation teacher-learner and learner-learner, and all this in a context that is supportive and warm, both for the student and the teacher.

I have also learnt a lot about digital skills, and digital competence. Both first handedly as we explored many new tools, but also theoretically. Digital skills cannot be taken for granted, and support has to be quick. As a result I quickly made an instruction video on how to use Jing and posted it in Fronter.

What are you going to do as a result of your involvement in FDOL?
As I wrote above this has been a very useful course. I will use this knowledge to think digital when I design my courses. Since Health Guidance is a distance program, this will not be hard, but I would like to go beyond Adobe Connect and se more possibilities. I would like to develop and keep me updated on pedagogy and online development. In concrete terms this means that I will try to keep in touch with my network and colleagues from #fdol132, I will stay tuned on Twitter and and I will also follow future @openfdol for new angles and webinars.

Finally, I will share my findings from this course with my department, and with my colleagues at my program, to facilitate a move to an open and digital environment at LTU.

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