Summary of Networked Self Learning


● Originally, I thought social media are mainly used for entertainment. I rarely use them for studying, let alone use them to teach. The first thing I learn about this course is that I can’t waste such abundant, relaxed, comprehensive, free resources. Not only because I can apply open education in my next teaching career, but also for my own sake to be a lifelong learner.

● My original idea about Canada is to be a passenger. My future career plan is to return to my homeland. So I didn’t register the social media. Based on the need of this class, I signed up all the top important social media: Google, twitter, blog, facebook, youtube. Though at that time I felt overwhelmed, they did open a window to the world.

● Network learning resources are extremely rich and inclusive. A lot of information can be found by using keyword search and #hashtag. The acquisition of knowledge lies in the process of searching, sorting and filtering information.

● Sharing is the key to network learning. Sharing means contribution to the public, and getting feedback and communication. And learn from others share, we can get more. Share means communication, communication lead to deepening and expaning cognition, which are also the purpose of education and learning.

● Through this lesson, I have access to the educators’ blogs that I can read their organized and systematic ideas and research. Academic exchanges become free, just as (the article open-access is the future: boycott locked-down academic journals) predict. Through hashtag and searching on twitter, I can benefit from quick reading of the pieces of information. Twitter can be used as a directory. Though there are only limited space, it’s easier to share blogs and videos. For the video recourses, I can listen to the public lessons. Or learn something seems unrelated to school, such as cooking, without reading printed recipes and every procedure is easy to follow.

● We are also given freedom to make a complete blog design. After the mid-term feedback, Kitia’s words inspired me a lot about the community of the blog and interactivity of social media. I might be accustomed to personal blogs, ignoring the most convenient character of network is interactivity and forgot the concept of network community. So after that I paid more attention to social network interaction, and how to organize the relevant network resources into an interactive community.

● The subject I like the most is where’d our kids go. I did a survey about snapchat by interviewing my landlord’s ten year girl. Her feedback confirms the trend.

● About the network rights and regulations: I find the concept changing from all rights reserved to some rights reserved interesting, also known as cc (creative comments). Sharing is the soul of social media. We should pay attention to the copyrights issues when we share something, meanwhile, we should live space allowing others to enjoy our creations.

● Network reputation or digital identity is an important issue. The identity online is not the same as the identity in real life. Online maybe a fake identity but offline is where the real self are. I think you can choose how much you’d like to reveal yourself online. We need to build certain identity as well as protect our information. How to make a balance, I think we need to think our aim and range of using social media.

● In addition, the network security problem is related to anayone. Every coin has two sides.  It’s a universal problem. Internet calls for self-discipline and laws and rules to regularize behavior of users. Make the best of the social media. We need to behave ourselves. Don’t be trolls, don’t speak words of abuse, don’t make fun of race and gender. We also need to protect ourselves from online harassment and bullying as much as possible.

● I think the most important meaning of online activism is that it’s a double victory on construction of self identities—the digital invisible identity as well as the responsible social identity. That’s good to know that a lot of people join hands online to support some weak groups or to express their opinions.

● During the whole class, I experience the western main social media. Thanks very much to my professors and classmates for the patience.

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2 Responses to Summary of Networked Self Learning

  1. Great summary, Haiming! I felt overwhelmed at the start too. But we have learned so much. I’m glad you have to come to study in Canada. I have learned so much from you!

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