Looking back on the last few weeks on the ONL202 course I do have a smile on my face. I feel that I have learned a lot, and I realize I still have a lot to learn. It will never end. But I can do it one step at a time and I will probably meet some wonderful people on the way, like I did during this journey.
The most important thing I will take with me is that I really can learn new scary things online… in English! 🙂 I now know some new digital tools and a I thought a bit more about pedagogy, about openness and about being insecure. I also learned that there are some really great, friendly, openminded, wonderful people out there to meet and get to know.
How will this change my everyday-life? Well, I am going to use the new digital skills a lot and I am going to be more aware and open to online education. I will definitely put my “student glasses” on when I want to inform about something or have an introduction course or some group collaboration online or offline, because now I remember how it was to be a student and how it felt to come to a new situation, a new surrounding feeling insecure and a bit lonely and scared.
I definitely will not try to move my practise on campus totally online because I still do believe that we need face-to-face communication but I am not afraid to try new things online and getting in touch with some new brilliant people out there. I also remembered to be thankful for our wonderful, free, open education in Finland. How privileged am I not, living in this country with equal opportunities!!!
In the beginning I thought that this will be a lot of work and I will become really stressed out. And indeed, it was quite a lot of work, but it was also a lot of fun. I have enjoyed my time with my wonderful PBL-group. We have had so many laughs and so many good moments. I admire you because you are kind, open, talented and fun. Thank you Kristina, Kathrin, Patricia, Erica, Ting, Mats, Gregor and Anna! ❤ You are the best and I am sure we will meet again!