6100 Reflection

I’ll start with lessons learned:

  • Patience is a virtue, Time is a commodity.
  • A caring professor can make a difference.
  • Feedback is a dish best served warm.
  • Anxiety, Stress, and Weight gain are inevitable when you sit on your butt writing for 2 years during every minute of down time you have.  Get over it and buy bigger clothing.

Where I think Online Learning is headed in the future:

  • We can expect to see more and more fully online programs.
  • There will be new emerging formats for the programs (synchronous, blended, fully online).
  • There will be new methods of awarding credit for previous experience (life experience credits, badges, other).
  • New products will appear (micro credentials, certificates, specializations, short courses) and many will be free.
  • The growth of online education globally will increase dramatically over the next few years.

The relationship between my personal learning theory and my professional/academic goals/research interests:

I really don’t know where this will go.  I’m going to talk to people to support and oppose my personal opinions.  I’m going to test my thinking on my own with thought leaders in the online education space.  My thoughts have been tested and I am really uncertain what I think my own personal learning theory is right now.  I appreciate that my thinking has been challenged.  It is hard to unlearn things we believe to be true.  So… I guess there is more to come on this one.  Stay tuned.

Online education and my personal theory of learning:

Since I’m ready to throw out my personal theory of learning, I don’t really know how to answer this one in a reflection.  I’m shaken and disappointed.  I’ll move past it and I’ll be ready to address this after I finish pouting (give me 3 weeks).

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