1 Nov 2008

MUVEnation

When I heard about MUVEnation I was very excited and really thrilled when I knew I had been accepted in the course as it has as objectives to help teachers acquire the necessary competencies to integrate massively multi-user virtual environments (MUVEs) into their teaching practice ; by exploring the links between : virtual worlds, learning and motivation, active learning and pedagogical approaches that include socio-constructivism, situated learning, project based learning, learning by doing, game based learning, simulations and role-playing. (MUVEnation)
First we had to introduce ourselves, then create our blogs and finally do the pre-week assignment:
A. I am your friend. I don’t work in education. You are talking to me about the idea that we all learn from each other, in all kinds of contexts, and that this can often be richer than more formal classroom based learning. I am sceptical. Tell me about an informal learning experience you have had online in which collaboration was involved, show me a concrete example to help me to see what you mean.

Well, in fact I think that learning online can be very enriching. The experience I’m going to tell you about took place in a formal learning context which originated sharing and collaboration in an informal context when we shared issues related to our jobs.
I am doing my Masters in Pedagogy of eLearning and the first academic year was completely online. For the first time, I used a blog, a wiki and Moodle. One of the activities I found more enriching was our discussions in Moodle foruns. We also had to do some pair and group work and we used chat and sometimes we talked on the phone. As we were interested in having a good final work, we worked collaboratively, that is each of us had a task to perform but we discussed our parts in the group and our works were revised by all the elements of the group until everyone agreed with the final version. It was the first time that we did a powerpoint online and it worked nicely because we all were motivated and committed with each other.
At the same time, we used e-mail to share other documents about our subjects at school and talk about professional issues.
It was a great experience because I learnt a lot and I could work according to my pace and my free time, I didn’t have to travel go and forth and it was a very important experience to me which motivated me to apply to this course because I think that when people are motivated and interested in learning and sharing there’s no difference between face-to-face or online learning. Besides for people like me who like to think and reflect before answering, online learning is much better!

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