Online learning is not new to me. During elementary and high school, some of my technology classes utilized online platforms to facilitate discussion through forums and assignments. Fast forward to a decade later and I found myself using the same platform, but this time it is no longer blended with face-to-face instruction and interaction.
As a researcher and a full-time mother, this works best for me as the traditional classroom setup demands physical presence and effort. However, learning becomes a bigger responsibility because of the independence required of us; reading, writing, doing activities in a course are readily available and it is up to us, as learners, to manage and to allot time for learning. It also requires engaging with other learners, but the asynchronicity is beneficial because it gives time to process and to write. Hence, we are also given the responsibility to help each other learn through sharing our reflections, insights, and learnings. While the delivery or mode may be vastly different than what we’re used to, the content and the opportunities to engage with others are there.
As I begin my journey, I realize that most often we do not assess ourselves as learners when starting a new class. For this reason, I took three self-assessment tests (Study Skill Inventory, Self-Regulation Questionnaire, and Time Management Skills Test) to measure my present capacity and areas of improvement as a learner. These were the results:
1. Study Skill Inventory:
2. Self-Regulation Questionnaire
Total Score: 232
Result: Intermediate (moderate) self-regulation capacity (scores ranging from 214-238)
3. Time Management Skills
Total Score: 44
Result: Good time manager
According to the results of the test, I am a good time manager with moderate self-regulation capacity. My strengths include utilizing textbooks, memory, and test preparation, while I can improve on note-taking, concentration, and time management.
Two of the results contradict each other: while I am a good time manager in the Time Management Skills Test, I need to improve this aspect according to the Study Skills Inventory test. These are two entirely different tests, as the SSI test is more within the context of face-to-face college instruction, while the TMS test is broader. I find that I agree more with the TMS results since I am no longer a college student; I am learning online; and I am a work-at-home mother which entails managing time as a student, mother, and wife. This also reflects in the results of the SSI in terms of concentration – imagine juggling work, studies, breastfeeding, and raising a child! But I am not complaining – the challenge makes it all the worthwhile! I think I would need to address time management and concentration during the course of my studies. This would also be possible with well-planned and scheduled activities and time for studies, work, and family life.
My goal for EDS 111 is to study the principles of teaching and to observe and to apply it, first as a mother and later on as a teacher. Reading and learning the modules, participating actively in the discussion, and regularly reflecting will help me achieve these goals with the help of my fellow learners and family
Pledge of Commitment
With this reflection, I pledge commit myself to finishing this course and to impart what I have learned to fellow learners and netizens.