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Starting new at university after 20 plus years is not easy especially when my days at university were incredibly different to today. On-line learning…what is that?

My days at uni were all still about learning obviously but “back then” I thought a professional looking assignment was the one that I submitted after typing it out on a typewriter with built in liquid paper!

So, as I ponder what units I will choose to study next semester I spent some time looking at some of the key elements of this unit. That is, my first university study after all these years…no wonder my head hurts!

I remember my lecturer saying to us at the beginning of the unit “I don’t want to inundate you with everything in one go”. How busy could it be, I thought? I am sure, with the “wisdom of age” behind me I would be ok…hmmm…

Well, I started to mind map my unit and look how much we have explored, and probably a lot more I have missed out on here…my head can’t think past these.

It was an interesting exercise because what I thought would be a unit of physical “Learning Spaces” turns out to be so much more…so much more!EDFD459mind map



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A Digital Portfolio…What? Who Me?

An e-portfolio (electronic portfolio) is an electronic collection of evidence that shows your learning journey over time.

A portfolio relates to specific academic fields or my lifelong learning. Evidence may include writing samples, photos, videos, research projects, observations by mentors and peers, and/or reflective thinking.

The key aspect of an e-portfolio is your reflection on the evidence, such as why it was chosen and what you learned from the process of developing your e-portfolio.

(Adapted from Philippa Butler’s “Review of the Literature on Portfolios and Eportfolios.” 2006, p. 2.)

So, I am now also developing my own digital portfolio online…me…”don’t know much about I.T – me”.. What will they make me do next to help me become a better educator?

I originally thought that I wouldn’t have too much to share in my portfolio. Being a full time mum and uni student, that is, didn’t have too many letters after my name either. So, I resorted to another learning assignment, and that being mind mapping which I have posted a blog about beforehand.

Once I started to “map” out my life I realised I was only partially boring and not completely “coma-like” boring. Continue reading

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So, up until now mind mapping was a foreign term for me. I had heard it mentioned a couple of times over the years but never experimented with it as a learning and teaching tool. It was a concept developed by an educationalist and author called Tony Buzan.Image

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