In last night’s Hangout of the Mooc one thing sticks to my mind in particular: some students were eager to know all about the final assignment. Hamish Macleod commented on that and explained that the assignment was kept deliberately vague in order not to limit your creativity. And he advised keeping the assessment criteria in mind while designing the digital artefact.
Screenshot by one of the participants of last night Hangout of the Mooc.
As a teacher I recognize this phenomenon all too well: my students too want to know exactly what the end product has to look like to make sure they get a good grade. And my answer is a lot like Hamish Macleod gave.
I have to be careful not to feel a little agitated, because for me it is not the product at the end which is most valuable , but the path leading to it.
The end product may or may not be sufficient but the main question is: what did you learn? And , as important: what do you still need to learn?
Moving into the 21th century this skill will become more and more important in education I think; knowing where you are in your own personal development , creating a personal learning environment (PLE) and to know what to do to add the missing parts. ( Mooc’s , possibly being one of the main, future ways in live long learning are in my opinion great tools to work on these PLE’s.)
But it will take a while to develop this awareness that one is accountable for his own learning path and to really take the responsibility for it. Moving on in the 21th century we have to help students and each other to develop this capacity and slowly help shape it into a daily routine, so that after leaving this institution we call “school”, they can grow on their own.