Last week some of my colleagues from Ersta Sköndal University College and I, had a pre-meeting about the ONL162-course. One of the topics we discussed – though very briefly – was if we considered ourselves to be digital or not.
I think I am quite digital. The computer is my number one work tool and I would probably not survive without the internet. I’m the kind of person who checks her e-mail many, many times each day. I spend ridiculously much time on Facebook and had to stop twittering since it consumed too much time. I’ve decided to stay out of Instagram for that same reason.
I use Facebook as a way to stay in contact with friends and relatives and as a tool in my work. When I need some sort of assistance or advice, I normally go to Facebook and simply post a question. Facebook is also an important area for the politically me, an area for sharing information, thoughts and activism.
So far, I’ve never used Facebook in my teaching though. And to be honest, I’m not so sure that I would, unless I create a separate user-id for it. All the personal information I’m sharing on Facebook is of course not private, but I don’t share it with anyone (using the security settings). Is this old-fashioned? Separating the personal me from the teacher me, I mean? Does this perhaps make me an analog teacher?
My normal teaching is, I guess, rather traditional. I teach IRL, mostly lectures and seminars. I’ve tried Prezi, but prefer Power Point. I use a student platform called It´s Learning. I think it’s a good tool. It makes it possible to share information with the students and they can upload different assignments. But to be honest, there is little interaction. It’s mostly about me giving information and instructions. This is hopefully something I can improve.
So, this was my first attempt to write a reflection – an important part of the ONL-course. I normally don’t write in English and I notice that it slows me down. It’s quite difficult to think, reflect and produce a text that is readable. I guess this will be one of my challenges during the course.