Week Six #crit101

Originally published here.

So I have reached the end of my crit101 journey, but what have I learnt? How has the course helped me become an independent learner? Will I continue to use skills I have gained?

At the start of the course I was slightly unsure as to even what an independent learner was; never mind how good an independent learner I was. I think I have become better at time management, overcoming challenges and remembering I am allowed to ask people when I am stuck. I have also got better at realising that I don’t have to be right first time, that it’s important to make mistakes and learn from both yourself and others. Hopefully I will take this away with me and always keep this in mind.

Additionally, I feel that I have got a lot better with using technology. I found it very interesting to use new software such as Google+. I did find it challenging to get to grips with this technology but I found it useful once I had figured out how to use it. However, I sometimes found that I was focusing too much on the technology that it did sometimes become a bit of a barrier when completing the tasks.

I found taking part in an online course a very interesting experience as it is the first one I have taken part in. I think that this has given me a head start in a lot of ways. It has let me experience things and practice skills that I otherwise wouldn’t have had the chance to learn until later in my education and life. I have already found elements of the course have been mentioned in lessons, which is very helpful. I have definitely learnt a lot about the internet, what to look for in a website and how opinions can influence things; this will help me in the future.

I have learnt so much. Some things I don’t, even now, realise I’ve learnt. I learnt a variety of skills and concepts but also much more than that. I really found that what you put in, you got out. The more you give, the more you get. I really want to continue this high level of effort and motivation in whatever I do. I feel proud that I have completed the course.

Thanks for the opportunity :)