A short reflection on my blogging experience for this semester

My dear readers,

Supposedly you would be reading my last post in this blog for this semester. I have mixed feeling towards this blogging experience. And since I start to feel hungry now, I’m just gonna jot down some thoughts before I run to the canteen and grab something to eat. 😀 But for sure, I’ve had what I want to say in mind already.

Overall I think that the course is quite new and difficult for me. But I’m glad I took it because it introduced me to a world of concepts that I’ve never imagined I’d get in touch with. I think I’m quite conservative in my learning style and generally not so keen on new technologies and the course really broadened my vision and raised my awareness of how it is possible to integrate new technologies in education. Now, on the journey of my blogging:

 

Some difficulties:

I was excited by blogging at the beginning of the course, but soon realized that I became lazier to write blogs and comment on others’ blogs. Sometimes the articles appeared to be quite theoretical and hard to read, and it was difficult for me to think of some interesting points to comment on in my blogs because I have to study the whole difficult paper carefully in order to find some sparkles in mind. It really takes a lot of time and effort. So I’m pleased that I’m able to complete the requirements.

 

Some critical reflections:

I am thinking whether there are ways that we could make the blogging experience a little easier, more interesting, and yet still benefit more from it.

For one thing, I’d prefer group work and discussion before we write our posts. It takes so much self-control and effort to study by myself an article on a brand new approach and with bundles of unfamiliar ideas and terms, and write a critical reflection on it. Discussion creates sparkles and generates more creative ideas. Shouldn’t we learn collaboratively now that it has been so often emphasized in the readings?

To help ease the process of reading the difficult articles, I wish we can have some guiding questions specific to every article so that we can read the articles with a specific aim and feel less at a loss.

I think it’s been a heavy workload for us to learn so many approaches and theories that are discussed in the readings. Regrettably, once we finished an article, we rarely related to it for the rest of the course. And I kind of feel that I didn’t get a deep understanding of the approaches and couldn’t build a network for connecting different kinds of approaches in mind.

 

I feel reluctant to abandon any blogs that I created and it’s my hobby to keep my old belongings as treasures. So I hope to keep this blog alive and wish to continue to share opinions with you later, as a teacher, or as professionals of different fields. Good luck to y’all!

 

Best,

Jade

 

Link to my sample post: https://en6494jade.wordpress.com/2013/04/12/using-an-online-efl-course-system-to-foster-creative-and-authentic-language-use-a-reflection-on-milton-2005/

Reasons for the selection of the sample post:
The post summarizes the article, discusses specific contexts for application, and evaluates the approach and the tools in terms of their strengths and weaknesses. The main idea is illustrated with images. The organization of the post is typical of my blog posts and it shows my understanding of the article and critical thinking of the approaches.
This post receives critical comments from a classmate who pointed out my misunderstanding of some of the content in the article. So I was able to reread the article, review the content and develop a deeper understanding. In the process, I discovered a flaw in the article and soon revised the post. Thus this sample post along with the comments shows my collaboration with classmates in our learning.

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