I feel that with EDID6506, I was more able to catch up with the learning café required posts. There were still some posts that were submitted a little late, but they were a few compared to the late ones that I had prepared for EDID6509, in which I was more immersed in the prototype building.
My colleagues’ posts were active and numerous enough that it was easy to respond and interact, hence to find links for each category. However, it does not mean that it was a completely easy task: one must still figure out if each of those posts ore responses was of high quality. Did it make use of reliable sources or did it at least use tangible, personal experiences? I remember the first time I had to prepare a Participation report. I panicked because I used to reply to forum posts with just the thoughts in my head, and rarely with a reference. This time around, from the very first week, I had planned to raise the quality of my posts to ensure that I will have a lot of options in the end. While this was easier to do during the first few weeks, it got more difficult once the assignments for my two courses went underway. Writing and checking final exams also add to the work load, together with the rest of life’s responsibilities. In terms of the content, the forum questions were easy enough to follow as they build on to produce a final conclusion. The progression was understandable, starting from a comparison of Media versus Method, then further on tackling the teaching strategies used in the 21st century (a topic that still includes the very first one). EDID6505 ended with a thorough discussion, with graphic representation, of trends prediction as well as a review of simulation games. In my forced reflection, I remarked on how I expected some of the topics and the way that they are discussed or tackled. On the other hand, the extensive research to fuel predictions was unexpected but challenging in a positive way. It made me take note of the trends and changes, as well as the tactics that were retained.