My personal network has drastically changed over the years as technology has evolved within my adulthood. Within my college educational experience, there have been an abundance of changes taking place in relation to the course make up, class setting, research, participation, communication, collaboration and presentation. Technology continues to change and advance at high speeds. My first experiences in college involved a lot of leg work. I remember the many trips I had to make to the registrar’s office, the library, my professor’s office and meeting rooms with my peers. Technology has changed all of these areas. I no longer have to make that hurdle of a walk to the college library and dig through card catalogues and the micro machines for information. I can correspond with my college office, my professors, and my collaborative community through various tools rather than spending the time and gas to meet face to face on my out of town college campus. My lap top, I pad and iphone are a lot lighter in weight and offer a vast amount of information as compared to the heavyweight books I once carried. Technology and all the resources that have been developed in recent years have changed the way I learn in that I have a greater connection to what I am learning. My learning experience has been enriched tremendously through the experience of online collaboration. I have gained a greater depth of understanding and knowledge through this online learning environment. In addition to collaboration greatly affecting the way I learn, technology has allowed me to have connections with information globally. It is available just about any time and any place. Networking today allows easier access and expands the learning boundaries of my education.
Which digital tools best facilitate learning for you?
The digital tools that best facilitate learning for me has been the tools that have allowed me to collaborate with my professors and learning communities. I have used chat rooms, Skype, wiki, blogs, classroom discussion areas, Gmail discussions and email. I believe these tools have provided a greater experience with collaboration than I once had in my face to face campus setting. I have also gained a wealth of knowledge through the online resources Walden University has provided through course related videos. These have been accessible on line and can be viewed many times and shared with others in my field. These experiences have been very valuable. In addition to these tools, students and professors have shared links to information and resources that have been important to my course outcomes and application of knowledge in relationship to my career.
How do you learn new knowledge when you have questions?
I have felt very comfortable asking questions of my instructor or classmates through the use of class café, email, Skype and discussion areas. I have had many of my initial questions answered through reading my classmates blog post, wiki post and discussions. Very often my professor or peers will touch on a topic or address an angle of information that is puzzling to me. I am also amazed at how easy questions or areas of interest can be addressed through online search engines. This one particular area has changed tremendously since I began my journey of college education many years ago. Today, I can place a word or phrase in Google and an enormous amount of related topics and information becomes available. Wow! This is a major step forward in research tools as compared to my earlier years of walking all over campus and making ten phone calls.
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