I am currently both a student, lecturer and a course coordinator.
The incentive for me to participate in ONL 152 is to learn about new digital tools. After the first two weeks of the course I have already had new encounters with Prezi and Padlet creating presentations, and other groups have presented impressive examples using digital tools like Piktochart, Powtoon, Google drive, Sway, and Slidesshare for their presentations. It was also a new experience for me to use the different Google platforms to find course information and to communicate with fellow students and teachers. I think Google provides a excellent platforms for communication and collaboration especially considering it is for free.
While being a student, I have also tried to find time during these two weeks to finish my lectures for teaching assignments. Unfortunately I have never mastered the chalkboard as a teacher but after only a week as an ONL student I have realized that there are other digital options to engage students and create a more interactive type of lectures and hopefully the standard (boring) Power Point presentation is about to be replaced. It surprised me how easy it was to use and publish presentations made with Prezi and Padlet. Even though I am not convinced that these platforms are suitable for every type of presentation I am looking forward to explore them more and hopefully also find other digital teaching tools.
In addition to teaching next week I am also a course coordinator and I am going to use Prezi for my introduction the first day of the course. To be the course coordinator includes a never ending list of administrative course related stuff. I hope the ONL 152 course will introduce me to digital tools that make this part of being an educator more efficient. I think one of the major advantages of digital learning is the possibility to with the right kind of digital tools (and the knowledge how to use them) scale an on-line course from a group of 20 students to 200 or 200 000 students with out necessarily increasing the work load for the course coordinator.
To conclude my first blog post:
I am very positive to ONL and my new digital tools, and I am looking forward to the next topic.