I liked the Fink reading this week. I chose his taxonomy last week as well. His holistic approach to both the taxonomy and overall course design, and I expect many other things in life, work well with the way I like to approach learning things. It doesn’t hurt that his simple and direct way of speaking are pleasant to interact with. It was helpful how he walked us through pulling all the different elements of course design together to form a cohesive unit and mentally fit all the familiar pieces of a puzzle into a model that is practical and makes sense. I think he would be an interesting fellow to meet.
As I was reading I was continually finding the parallels with the way this course is structured, as well as with our active and reflective learning assignments. In the process of taking an online class we are also actively observing the process from a student point of view while also designing from an instructor point of view. It was an interesting exercise reading about what we are and have been doing from so many different perspectives at once. Very interesting to wrap your head around. Like finding a road map of where you have been and where you are going and discovering they are the same…but different.
What I have learned about myself during this unit is that I tend to write using more jargon and in a style that I don’t actually enjoy reading. I have to work on that. And I have learned that I approach the act of doing a complex activity with much more confidence than I approach the idea of learning something complex. I have also confirmed that a holistic approach speaks well to my personal learning style. I like the background, I like the big picture, I like working a puzzle with the picture in front of me.