Introduction – Management

Welcome to my Reflective Blog Posts for my first MOOC of 2015, Managing People.

Most of the outline for week 1 is getting to know the platform you are working on. Future Learn is an easy and free flowing platform.

The main activity is to engage with all the other learners in the discussion forums. The educators recommend taking your learning further by finding out who is on other social media platforms such as Twitter using the hashtag #FLmanangingppl and Facebook where many have set up groups to join.

The first piece of research I found very interesting is how they teach the MOOC. Here the emphasis is on adult teaching and how they incorporate the principles of Andragogy.

Adults are internally motivated and self-directed and most importantly bring their own life experiences to the learning process.

Bringing this idea into your learning you are asked to think about how people differ and the impact this would have on the workplace. Her you begin to think of all the places you have worked and all the diverse people you have engaged with.

As you begin to think of past experiences you begin to jot down questions like how does this impact a day to day year to year working organisation?

The exercises highlight many reflective experiences that you may have and to look at how small problems that may appear in different workplace contexts. Having researched a little more it is interesting how having a diverse organisation can cause problems if they are not clearly monitored.

With these exercises the educators ask that this new learning experiences be related back to old experiences and that you take the approach of problem centered learning where there is active learning along with engaged learning.

I truly love this way of learning I find that when things go wrong in life or in work that by the time you fix the situation there is no time to ask “how did that happen”, here I am prepared to go back and reflect on these times.

In particular two modules focus on how we learn as adults. Firstly how we can use the Kolb Cycle to begin this process and use it in our daily work contexts. Secondly how the Cognitive Apprenticeship Model can be incorporated.

With the Kolb cycle we start by looking at our experiences. As we think of these we begin our reflective observation where we look at experiences from different angles and begin to see different people in many ranges and diversities. While doing this we can then build our abstract thoughts and use this active experimentation to work out how to use these thoughts in different ways. The result here is that we create a new concrete experience and begin the cycle again this experience becomes more advanced than the previous one.

As this is still very early on in the course, trying to understand how I will achieve the above experiment is daunting. However looking at the many comments and engagement in this MOOC it already shows me that I will not be short of examples and diversity.

This second module really stuck a chord in me, the methods of Modelling, Coaching and Scaffolding are very interesting from a learner’s point of view and to be able to learn these from the perspective of a teacher is a tremendous opportunity. The last part of the process really nailed it for me where by you take Articulation, Reflection, and Exploration into the experiences and teaching process and give the learner the confidence to make his or her own solutions and create new processes.

Having done a degree in Sociology I was only too happy to hear the Sociology of learning being added into the mix, even at that I was introduced to new concepts such as Situational Learning, The culture of expert practice and Perspective transformation.

The final chunk of modules proposed reflecting on experiences and seeing them in a new light, in addition to this reflection you are asked to see how these can prepare you to be a better learner.

Lastly they ask you to acknowledge your own personal objectives; my three objectives for this course will be to:

(a) Thoroughly consider each of the MOOC’s learning objectives as I move forward,

(b) Keep to my schedule

(c) Engage and share resources with other learners via the Future Learn platform the Twitter hashtag and the Facebook group.

Looking forward to week 2.



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