Learn by Doing

Learning by doing. Frank is pretty sick of hearing me say it. Frankly, I don’t care.

Learning by doing is a phrase that I’m sure many students get tired of me repeating too, but I’m going to keep using it. When it comes to content creation in the online world, doing is the only way to really learn it. The various features that go alongside this model tend to get students pretty excited (see the tweet below, for instance), but this doesn’t necessarily mean that the approach will be embraced by all without hesitation.

Crucially, a learning by doing approach doesn’t mean that you are left completely in the dark without any guidance. As a facilitator of learning I’m always happy to turn the light on, but it’s up to students to find their way around the room. Any students who are new to my style of teaching will find the following three videos and associated activities very useful to engage with…

1) Create and share an About.Me profile

The below video outlines the learning by doing approach in more detail, and provides some advice on how to get started with a quick introductory activity.

Spending a few minutes creating an About.Me profile (the free version is more than adequate) is a great warm-up exercise for the kind of media-making you will soon find yourself undertaking. More importantly, it is a great way to help you start networking with people – not through About.Me itself, which is essentially a static webpage, but by giving you something about yourself to share on Twitter. While many students send out a first tweet simply saying ‘I don’t know what to tweet’, saying hello and sharing the link to your About.Me profile is a much better way to start things off…

2) Jump on Twitter and get tweeting!!

I think another recent blog I wrote about Discussion Boards made a pretty strong justification for my use of Twitter instead of traditional forums, but the below video could be handy to watch too:

I could tell you countless stories about the times I’ve seen Twitter work for students – not only in relation to their learning at university, but beyond that in terms of scoring valuable industry connections, internships, and even paid work. Rather than spend more time telling you stories about how other people succeeded, I’d much rather give you the time to get active and make your own success story!

3) Set up a WordPress site and get ready to make some media!

My teaching of digital media revolves around the crucial importance of students developing a dynamic, vibrant, and strategic online presence and portfolio. This not only has the benefit of enhancing employability, but building content consistently ensures a process of ongoing lifelong learning. Building a personal-professional WordPress site is a very useful element of this, as highlighted in the video below:

Thanks for reading and watching – I hope this advice helps and wish you all the best with your online endeavours! Let me know in a comment down below if you have any questions or if any bits of advice stood out as really important to you…

Until next time, be active and have fun!!

Oh, and if you don’t believe me, listen to my students instead… 🙂

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Stevee Vee says:

    So many things I could say … ‘cept too busy doin’

    1. Adam Brown says:

      Excellent to hear! 🙂

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