Reflection: Collaborative Learning

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Over the past few months of learning and growing in knowledge within this unit, I have taken this time to ponder on how it has changed my perspectives and how this unit has developed me academically. Upon initiation of this unit, assumed that this unit was useless information that I already knew, simply placed in courses for those students who were not as proficient in online learning. As a daily user of online information and communication, I have been amazed at the amount of things that I thought I knew about these subjects, however I now see that I had really only skimmed the surface. On reflection of my time studying this unit, I feel that I have broadened my understanding of locating credible sources, how to gauge whether the information…show more content…
Discovering the challenges (Kear, 2012) of collaboration and how to overcome and manage them (Einon, 2010), I have been able to maximise my learning intake and learning how to manage a collaborative study group, strengthening my current managerial skills. This unit has constructed an understanding of the enormity of information that is instantly accessible online. Technology for publishing in week seven helped me discover online programs like Prezi and SoundCloud, which moving forward, will assist me in future assignments and class activities in my future professional…show more content…
Factors that have hindered me historically over this degree has been my hesitation towards working in collaboration with others. This was a new experience and a learning curve which I admittedly took with quite some hesitation. I now see the logic in my future career of teaching that collaboration and learning through social constructivism is an essential part of academic development (Young, 2007). Since coming to this realisation, I have begun to actually enjoy communicating and sharing ideas and strategies with fellow students. Furthermore, there comes a personal gratification when you have helped another student overcome a problem through advice or research that you shared with them. Social constructivism will be an everyday part of my future career as learning through communication a key factor in teaching (Kim, 2001). Students are encouraged to engage in social activities which require a hands-on approach to learning together (Young,
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