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Here we are in week fourteen and a lot has happened since I wrote the summary of your posts in week five -Riding the wave over the last five weeks - what are you posting? It would be excellent if you could take the time to leave comments on other peoples' blogs - it can get very lonely out there. I would also love to get some responses to the questions and comments I posed on your blog posts. I too am feeling lonely. :(  Recent activity on everyone's blogs has been most interesting.  
Fred discovered a useful strategy called: 'facing the students' after attending ‘21st Century Learners and Web 2.0 - implications for Learners’.  Other posts by Fred include:  
  • Activity Five - Flexible learning strategies.   
  • Teaching US 20917 Materials 
  • Access & Equity - Diversity & Inclusivity - factors he uses to support access and equity for his students. For example, assessing literacy and numeracy and learning styles. See if you agree. 
  • Interview with Kevin Dunbar who is a Carpentry Lecturer.  This interview illustrates the five dimensions of flexible learning we discussed early on in the course and includes examples such as: project-based learning, practical work, guest speakers, online and classroom learning. I have posed a question to you all, in the comments section, about the restrictions of written assessments in practical courses - I would love to hear your views.
Hannah has created a video of her talking about her plan in the post: The Plan at large. She describes how she is planning to video the feedback sessions with students. Check out all the questions I have asked Hannah in my comment on this post.  For Activity Five, Hannah has posted about the strategies she uses when teaching drawing. For example, project-based learning. See what you think about my suggestions for integration. Other posts include: Access & Equity, Diversity & Inclusivity about a visit to the Animal Attic and the creation of cartoons.  I am curious to know how the groups work together on the project she sets them. I wonder do they self organise or does Hannah help them mix and match so students can offset their skills and assist others, and also learn from each other?  Also, Flexible learning in our organisation - a yarn with Fred.
Julie's most recent post:  Information on Experiential Education addresses the question - What is Experiential Learning? This is a very informative post about this topic.Other posts are: Investigating Flexible Learning -  the challenges for outdoor recreation lecturers. Imagine starting the teaching day at 6 am and finishing at  23:00 - you must be passionate about the subject to take on those type of hours. Check out the different strategies used in this kind of teaching. Activity Two - What does flexible learning mean to me? - the challenges for teaching outdoors.
Kevin has  described FLEXIBLE LEARNING IN CARPENTRY and the range of activities to which students are exposed. As Kevin says, they are ideal for a range of learning styles, and particularly apt for the kinaesthetic learner in a practical-based course. He makes the point that by using video resources, health and safety requirements and the limitations of site visits and field trips are accommodated, and this enables students to see techniques and information they would otherwise not have an opportunity to experience. I am curious to know whether when Kevin uses the videos, are the students expected to answer questions about them. I would also like to know how he  uses the videos to stimulate critical thinking in his students. 
Liz has a series of very interesting and indepth reflections:  
Liz asks: "How does the visually impaired student survive and learn in the daily world of computer technology without appropriate training and support?" A very important point is made by Liz about whether equal opportunity is actually provided for students to learning just because different learning methods and media are used. What are your thoughts on this? I am sure Liz would love it if you left a comment on her post.
Roger also has a series of posts: 
 It is evident in this post that Roger is already thinking about open formats to make education more accessible. He also has a beginning plan about providing resources and learning opportunities for students who do not normally seek to study for qualifications - volunteer coaches.
Imroz, Namarta and Randeep have written several very interesting posts about their observations and participation in a variety of classrooms where they have observed flexible learning in a range of topics. It is good to see their different perspectives about the topics.
Which way do you prefer the information presented? With short descriptions or in lists with links?  It is difficult to keep the blog post short yet interesting enough to encourage you to read the actual posts so your feedback is appreciated.


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