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Online learning: My experience

 

Hey guys! This is the first English blog that I have ever set up. It will be used to record my study in the course of New Literacy and Language Learning which I have taken this semester. Generally speaking, it is mainly concerned with summary or reflection of academic papers on new literacy and language teaching.

As a matter of fact, I had few online learning experience before I entered university. The teachers would utilize PowerPoint for teaching occasionally, but for the most of time, they merely chose to teach by using textbooks, blackboards, etc. The reasons are complicated. Firstly, perhaps at that time, especially when I was in primary school, those schools were not well equipped with electronic teaching devices and the teachers were not familiar with the new teaching approaches as well. Moreover, many teachers and parents believe that teenagers are lack of adequate self-control and self-discipline. They are likely to indulge themselves in net surfing and cannot focus on study if they are encouraged to study online. Furthermore, due to the pressure of entrance examination, the teachers have to make full use of time. In a teacher-centered class, what a teacher wants to do is to pump some facts into the students’ heads rather than give students a chance for self-learning or studying online on their own. Thus, both teachers and parents tend to prevent students from online learning.

However, what I’d like to say is that this phenomenon has changed a lot today to my knowledge. A case in point is that the teachers of my cousin who is in a secondary school upload the winter vacation homework and learning materials to their school website for the students to download and practice. Also, the teachers employ more multimedia in teaching. Maybe they have realized the benefits of online learning. Actually, the practice is similar to my learning experience at university.

During the period of my university, the teachers gave us much guidance on online learning. They asked us to find the materials which were relevant to the course on the Internet before the class quite often. In the class, they showed us many interesting videos and pictures to illustrate the abstract concepts. Also, learning materials were emailed to us after the class for us to better review the course. Apart from that, they introduced the use of the school’s electronic library where I found much useful information when I worked on my dissertation. The resources on the Internet are updated and inexhaustible. Since I had more time at my own disposal in the college, I spent more time to read e-books, watch English movies, listen to news report and etc., which all belongs to online learning. When I encounter some difficulties in language learning, I could find solutions easily on the Internet. Doubtlessly, online learning is an effective and convenient way for language learning. It enhances our language skills, broadens our vision and gives us more opportunities to communicate with other language learners.

From last week’s class, I learned some new online learning approaches. For example, we could post our essays online to get peer reviews and professional comments so that different views from all walks of life can be received and our writing skills could be improved as well. What’s more, blogging is a good way to exchange ideas and develop language competence. We can not only share joys and sorrows with netizens on our blog but also  comment on their blogs when we read. It’s really interesting! Hopefully, I will learn more about new literacy in the course.

Welcome to my blog!

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This blog is all about new literacies and language learning!

4 responses to “Online learning: My experience

  1. cahafner ⋅

    Congratulations on your new blog, it is looking really good! I think the point that you make about the effect of exams on the curriculum is an important one for language teachers who want to make innovative use of new technologies in their teaching. They have to find a way to ’embed’ these digital literacies alongside the traditional teaching of language skills (reading, writing, etc) in order to cater adequately to the curriculum. Do you have any thoughts about how this can be done?

    • Blogging, exactly!Making students write reflection journals just like what we do is definitely a good way to incorporate digital literacies to traditional language teaching. Students can explore the use of blog and develop their language skills at the meantime. What the teachers need to do is demonstrate how to blog in the first lesson, then the students can write on their blogs outside the class.

  2. jadechen1

    Your cousin’s teacher uploaded homework for students to download? Interesting! How old is your cousin? High school? Well, I think if the teacher assigns homework to be done in this way, s/he is promoting the use of computer and Internet for learning to the students’ parents too! Awesome! To be frank, I’m quite disappointed by the fact that some older people think that computer is a thing for the young and never want to, or dare to, touch the computer. Well, maybe that’s the way for people in the countryside who are not so familiar with computer and are nervous/ afraid/ reluctant, or perhaps just lazy, to learn new things and understand young people’s world. But, still! Good thing to promote computer and internet using to older adults.

    • Haha, he is in the first year of secondary school, actually. I totally agree with you that the older are seldom willing to learn new things. It might be still a long way for them to accept using Internet to facilitate learning in China. How sad it is!

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