It’s almost a week since it all came to the most anti-climatic of conclusions, and I find myself with time in the evenings, something I have not known in some time. It is so nice to be able to pull up on the drive, open the front door and know that that is the end of the working day. I do, however, wonder how long this will last…
When enrolling on this course, i was interested to see exactly how the distance learning would be organised and delivered. The use of Plone and FirstClass make the idea of “distance learning” a very feasible reality.
Plone is very simply a course management system that acts almost like a student manual to the course and a reference point for curricular activities, but what i have been incredible impressed with so far is FirstClass.
I had never heard of FirstClass before this course, and it took me a while to see its potential. The best way i can describe it is as a thin client enclosed in an application. It allows users to upload work, e-mail each other, upload and store files and chat in real time along with many other features. I say “thin client” as everything you do in FirstClass is mirrored across every computer it is installed on associated with your account, so if i do my work (which primarily i do) on my work laptop, which is a MacBook Pro, i can come home and use my Windows Vista machine (which i rarely use) to carry on where i left off. Everything is synced server side including icon size and even the background on your home screen.
All of this really makes for a fantastic experience of learning with Anglia Ruskin University, and i look forward to the future now with this fantastic course.
I was feeling it last week, but i am really now starting to feel that this course is now starting to take a positive effect on my work, ALREADY!!! 🙂
Today, i created a Gantt chart for our scheme of work, there is now a whopping Gant chart in my classroom that outlines all of years 9, 10 and 11. All of this is also collecting into a portfolio for my QTS and not to mention my M3 application in February!
So, like many others have this week, I have just done my very first week of University. University for me consists of a Honours Degree in Learning Technology and Research from the Anglia Ruskin University. Its a fairly new course with revolutionary learning methodologies. Its a distance learning course taken by a cohort of about 30 – 50 people from all over the world, from different age groups and backgrounds.
I had reservations about the course to begin with, not knowing entirely what it would entail. But after a week of getting to grips with the course content and meeting some of the people I will be working with, I have nothing but high expectations of what I can now get out of it.
I hope to continue this blog throughout the 3 year course with the good the bad and the worst I encounter.
1 week down, 155 to go!