CEP 810 – Networked Learning Project: Final Post

Networked Learning Project – Final Post

Networked Learning – Calligraphy

This is it guys. Please don’t shed a tear, but this is the last public post related to my calligraphy learning journey. I have had a lot of fun learning something new in through only YouTube videos. In my traditional learning process, I buy an informational text related to whatever I am wanting to learn. There is something about a physical book that says “I am invested” (physically and financially). Even when I learn how to do something on the internet, I usually find myself printing out the material to have it on hand physically. You cannot print a YouTube video (that I know of…3D printers will probably be able to do that next week). I personally found myself less invested in learning the task and desiring to go to the local book store and buy a book on calligraphy.  Without a doubt, I will continue utilizing networked learning to discover new things, but I believe there will always be a part of me that will desire a physically book to guide my learning process.

Networked Learning – Thoughts and Considerations

Networked Learning is a great process. The internet has such a wealth of information if one knows where to look. YouTube Videos, Wiki sites, Forums, Blogs, Pinterest. The internet is full of people willing to share their knowledge and passions with the rest of the world – it is our job to utilize all that they are giving us. I think Networked Learning is a great place for people to begin their learning journey – for the amount of information available is staggering! Best of all, it is FREE.  I will certainly continue encouraging people to use the internet and YouTube to acquire new knowledges and skills.

Networked Learning – Implications for Students

YouTube has always been a great asset for my music students. There are a wealth of videos by both professional and semi-professional musicians on topics ranging from beginning basics to more advanced techniques. For my 5th grade students, I share videos to reinforce what has been taught in class and share knowledge of correct practice with parents. For more advanced students, networked learning allows me to teach the basics of a technique, then to refer the student to other resources to continue advancing their ability. YouTube is a great reference for individual and ensemble recordings, allowing students to hear model performances of pieces they are learning inside and outside of class.

Networked learning is a model of effective practice. It allows masses to collaborate and gain knowledge like never before. I vote YES.