Welcome to my E-Learning portfolio. I hope to use this as a space to collect and display the projects I undertake during the course of my e-learning education.
I will also be posting my reflections on my experiences and thoughts of the course as it progresses.
My Learning Philosophy
My e-learning philosophy is based on a belief that an education is a powerful tool that can enable a person to fully develop themselves and their talents. I believe e-learning technologies can help make make an effective and worthwhile education a reality for more people than has been the case and I am excited by that potential.
Online technologies provide educators with a means to reach students who are cut off from an education by barriers such as time, geography, health issues or socio-economic status. This promotes a more equitable and egalitarian society and should promote life-long learning and social mobility.
Why am I studying?
I am not a teacher however I do consider myself and educator in that I work towards the education of young people. My role in online education has to date been more IT related. I have noticed a significant rise in the number of ‘elearning technologist’ roles in Third level Institutions and I would place myself in this category.
I have spent almost four years working with an elearning provider developing an online learning environment and training staff in using it. I have learned a lot in that time about the technological possibilities elearning provides and also how to communicate that to an audience of teachers. However as I became more comfortable with the technical aspects of online learning I became more aware that I needed a much deeper understanding of how sound pedagogical principles can be applied to elearning environments. It is my hope that this MSc will provide that and help me to be a better educator.
It reflects my interest in social online learning. This was sparked initially in my working practice where the students are online and have a limited number of ways to interact. As my studies led me through various learning theories I was able to identify this as social constructivism and began to research how I could apply the benefits of social learning to my professional practice.