Assignment 3.1. Put yourself in the learner’s shoes

The aim of the Assignment is to reflect on your learning (not teaching yet).

Suggested steps for this assignment:

1)    Try to think about what type of the course you as a learner would be willing to learn. Before creating an open non-formal learning course try to make notes on how the course should be delivered that you would be engaged, motivated and able to learn. The questions for reflection below may guide you when making your preferences.

2)    After you have reflected on the course you would like to learn as a learner, form a group of other 3-4 “learners” and compare your preferences. Discuss their decisions with your group-mates to make some notes for you as a teacher to plan an open non-formal learning course.

Questions for individual reflection on what kind of course you would prefer to learn? (The topic of the course you are willing to learn may be the one that you as a teacher are going to be delivering; however you may not limit yourself and chose another topic you would be interested to learn).

  • In terms of time for learning – how long should the course last, so you were able and interested to follow?
  • In terms of intensity – how much time could you spend for learning each week?
  • How many synchronous meetings would you prefer to have with the course teacher? Or asynchronous consultations would be ok? What kind of learning activities should be in the course so synchronous meetings or asynchronous consultations are useful enough for you as a learner, but less intensive for teacher?
  • Would you prefer to participate in the course that is prepared for individual learning or learning in groups?
    • If the course were for group learning how many learning activities would be possible for collaborative learning in groups (having in mind the timeframe you chose)?
    • How many individual activities would you prefer to have if the course is for learning in groups?
  • What would be you preferences for learning material? downloadable or accessible online? Adapted for mobile learning? More readings, videos or learn by doing activities? 
  • What about social networking? For sharing? Collaborating? extending learning experience after the course timeframe?


Some guidance for group discussion:

  • Shapiro et al. (2017) research indicates that the “lack of time” was the main barrier for learners to engage in open online learning courses. Having this in mind and following the questions you reflected, please, discuss the characteristics of a course that you as a teacher have to have in mind while designing open non-formal learning course