I was very skeptical whether online learning can offer me with good quality education, especially when you are dealing with complex topics like professional ethics in health-care. before starting with this course, I have participated in a number of other online learning platforms like coursera and they did not go well.
During my PHT 402 classes I learned the importance of reasoning. This course has taught , me how to reason well. I learned how to understand and assess arguments by other participants and how to construct a good argument of my own about controversial issues like euthanasia or equality.
What I really appreciated about this course was the fact that my arguments and moral stance were questioned and challenged by other participants in the course, this helped me to sometimes re-evaluate , re-consider and re-think my ethical stance on certain issues. This has happened through comments and on my blogposts or people challenging some of my statements in their own blog-posts, because of these comments I was able to re-evaluate my believes.
One of the major learning curves for me was learning that it`s Ok to be wrong. Most of the time we are taught how to be right, we get rewards for being right (whether by high marks,or a star in our exercise-book), but in this course I learned how to be wrong and how to accept it. Because of these reward system we have created a people who want to be right at all costs, even when they are wrong. I learned that my opinion is not the holy word it is nothing but an opinion amongst many opinions,therefore it can be argued,challenged, opposed and refuted and when that process happens I learned how to embrace it. The most important thing was not being right but the most important thing was to learn from others.
The main issue I can see with this move to online learning is it made me more responsible for my learning in the sense that there were no strict due dates and compulsory readings to be read, I followed people I liked and commented on blog-posts I liked and this made me to feel more in control of my learning. Most of the time in a traditional classroom I did not feel in control of my own learning, partly because only the lectures did the learning and now they just hoped anad prayed that we can be able to memorize what they teach long enough to be able to regurgitate it in an examination room.
I did not have any expectations for this course because I expected anything that could come my way, as Kim said in her last blog that we never set any expectations because we never make them in the first place.
In this video http://https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6FvJ6jMGHU argues that online learning is the answer to having an accessible good quality education for the masses of citizens who can not afford university education.
It has been wonderful participating in these classes. I did not only learn about things people believed, but I learned about the people who believed. Thanks to everyone who has been part of the PHT 402 class, you really made my learning intriguing and worthwhile, I wish you all the best as you continue with this great art of physiotherapy.