For my personal learning challenge, I have learned many useful and important cooking skills and different famous recipes of traditional Chinese dishes. In my opinion, cooking is one of the most useful, important, and effective personal skills for people to learn more about; therefore, it will be meaningful and significant for me to follow my personal learning challenge clearly. Based on our course materials, my learning challenge has always changed during the course as well.
In the first week (Blog Post #1), I spent more time on learning new cooking recipes and watching relevant cooking videos. In my opinion, I could connect my past cooking experience with the new recipes I have found, and then, I can modify the new recipes and learn new cooking skills as well. From the article, the author describes that it is possible to provide guidelines based on best practices, theory and research, that must then be adapted to local conditions (Bates, 2015).
In the second week (Blog Post #2), I focused more on learning and practicing a specific dish, called “Coca Cola Chicken Wings”, based on the recipe I have found. In this week, based on our course materials, I have learned that there are five main perspectives on teaching, including transmission, apprenticeship, developmental, nurturing, and social reform (Bates, 2015). Also, many different types of skills that are related to teaching methods, such as conceptual skills, developmental skills, digital skills, and manual and practical skills (Bates, 2015). In Bates’ opinion, we can directly learn by listening, doing, experiencing, and feeling and it will be much more helpful and important to improve personal skills (Bates, 2015). Therefore, during this week, I spent more time learning and practicing this specific dish.
In the third week (Blog Post #3), I have learned the importance of a thoughtful instructional design and basic information of blended learning from our course materials; therefore, the design of my personal challenge has been changed a lot. According to the article, it is important to know how to create a clear and thoughtful instructional design because it provides a “framework for principles and guidelines that shape the design process of content, creating students learning activities of collaboration and interaction, and identifying assessment procedures” (Vaughan, N. D., Cleveland-Innes, M., & Garrison, D. R., 2013). Based on the materials, I used a recipe of cooking Chinese-style tea eggs as an example to design a specific and clear instruction. My instructional design includes prepared ingredients, specific cooking steps, process decision points, and assessment.
In the fourth week (Blog Post #4), I have learned the relationship between technologies and education and pedagogical difference between different kinds of media clearly. As Bates states, the internet can be one of the most powerful, significant, and meaningful medium because it encompasses all the dimensions of education media through a variety of tools and media (Bates, 2015). Therefore, in this week, I used many different media and online tools to learn the basic knowledge of cooking skills, including texts (blog posts), videos, and images. In my opinion, it is important and necessary for me to use different kinds of media and online tools to learn new knowledge of cooking skills and It can make my learning process become more interesting, engaging, and attractive.
In my opinion, based on our course materials, the design of my personal learning challenge has improved and changed a lot. In the beginning of this course, I did not know how to create a thoughtful and well-organized instructional design, so I just found my interested recipes and followed other people’s cooking steps. However, the course materials make me know that a good and clear instructional design should include three main parts: relevant content, interactive activities, and learning assessment. Also, the use of different kinds of media will be important and attractive as well. Therefore, I begin to design my personal challenge specifically and clearly, based on what I have learned from this course.
However, during my learning challenge, the things that I do not think I did very well is about assessment. When I read the fourth post of Yana Zhang, I realized this problem. As Yana mentioned, different from face-to-face classes, it will be a little bit challenging for learners to get feedbacks immediately from online learning. In my opinion, Yana’s post is very helpful and important for me. In order to improve this problem, I invited my friends to come and get more feedbacks to me about my cooking directly as my assessment, instead of just learning and following online recipes.
I believe that my learning challenging still needs to be improved in some aspects. However, I have learned a lot from this learning experience and I will keep using the knowledge I have learned from the materials to design my personal challenging in the future as well.
Bates, T. (2015). Teaching in a Digital Age. Retrieved from: https://opentextbc.ca/teachinginadigitalage/
Vaughan, N. D., Cleveland-Innes, M., & Garrison, D. R., (2013). Teaching in Blended Learning Environments: Creating and Sustaining Communities of Inquiry. Retrieved from: http://aupress.ca/index.php/books/120229