Entering the ONL course

My name is Mohammed Seed Ahmed, a Ph.D. graduate from the Department of Molecular Medicine and Surgery, Karolinska Institutet (KI). Basically, I am a medical doctor and an assistant professor at the Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Khartoum, Khartoum, Sudan. I have also finished the master programme in Medical Education at KI since I have a great interest in this field.

I have joined this ONL course in order to experience learning with colleagues from different educational contexts, disciplines, and cultures. Learning in such an environment would be a great opportunity since collaboration is considered as one of the important pillars of meaningful learning. This will be a backbone for my ambition of connecting my home medical school to the advanced medical education setup particularly at KI.

My own learning experience was very much built on the traditional didactic teaching. Upon completion of the master programme in medical education at KI, I came to know how could be useful to get engaged in the web-based online learning. Four aspects of online learning have been identified as crucial to good practice: dialogue, involvement, support, control (DISC) (Coomey and Stephenson, 2001). Working in collaboration is an essential component of deep learning, and the problem-based learning (PBL) is inherently collaborative (Chernobilsky, Nagarajan, and Hmelo-Silver, 2005). In addition, using FISh model within the framework of PBL will help structuring our learning process (Nerantzi and Uhlin, 2012). Therefore, I feel that working in a PBL group online, which is flexibly managed, will considerably add to my e-learning experience. To be able to apply such a learning environment in my home university, several factors should be carefully thought of, including technical difficulties, learner motivation and readiness, organizational support, etc.

COOMEY, M., & STEPHENSON, J. (2001). Online learning: it is all about dialogue, involvement, support and control – according to the research. Teaching and learning online: Pedagogies for new technologies, 37-52.

CHERNOBILSKY, E., NAGARAJAN, A., & HMELO-SILVER, C. E. (2005). Problem-based learning online: multiple perspectives on collaborative knowledge construction. In Proceedings of the 2005 conference on Computer support for collaborative learning: learning 2005: the next 10 years! (pp. 53-62). International Society of the Learning Sciences.



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