Unit 7: Where to from here?

The future of learning

So far in this course we’ve looked at concepts that we think are relevant now and in the foreseeable future, such as:

  • Publishing and curating
  • Creating professional networks
  • Finding and assessing information and tools
  • Building portfolios and a digital presence
  • Managing information.

Along the way, we’ve talked about and actually practiced online learning, and used many current web technologies.

All of that forms a great snapshot of the field right now. But what next?

Our crystal ball – which, like all crystal balls, may prove to be completely wrong – tells us that these areas may well develop into key trends in the coming years. Nobody really knows which next big thing is around the corner, but it’s pretty clear that we can look forward to a more engaging online world. Perhaps it’ll include some of these things:

  • Personal learning networks for all learners develop into personalised learning environments, adapted to an individuals needs and interests and consistent through formal education
  • Greater use of folios, digital storytelling, multimedia, collaborative online and interactive learning experiences – for both learners and teachers.
  • More sophisticated gesture-driven and voice-driven computing (it’s already part of the scene, with tablets and smart phones).
  • A new generation of search tools, including social search and the ability to tap into the huge resources currently not indexed, like government data.

Luckily, you’ll be well-prepared for such eventualities, and able to find and sort information about library and education innovation.

Now we’d like to hear from you about where you take your learning next.

And so, here’s is your final challenge.

The task

Your task now is to use one of the tools we’ve touched on during the course – or something else, if you prefer – to tell us and the other course participants a story about what you’ve learned, and where you think your own professional learning will take you next.

It might be a short animation using Animoto , a mini-book using Storybird, a screencast using Screenr, a Glogster or a cartoon using ToonDoo.

Here’s a list of presentation tools we’ve put together. Please leave a comment if you have any you’d like to add.

Take a look at these examples from past participants to get you thinking – but we want to hear from you, in your own voice. You don’t have to follow any of these formats.

Toondoo (by ‘Little Long Dog’)

Storybird (by KLF education)

Animoto (by Marion)


 Reflection questions:

Here’s what we’d like to hear about in your digital story:

  • What are the key things you learned during the course?
  • Were there any highlights?
  • How did you feel during the course – did it change  from trepidation to frustration to joy or vice versa? Or something else completely?
  • How would you describe the course to someone else? Would you encourage them to do it?
  • Did anything slow or stop your progress?

Of course, it’s your story, so you can add anything you like.

In summary, your task for this unit is to create a screencast and a digital story and post both on your blog.

Create your story in the tool of your choice, then have a go at embedding it in your final blog post (if that doesn’t work, just link to it). Add any further thoughts in the blog post, and then submit the link to your blog post in Edmodo.

If you like, you can also share your story in the VicPLN facebook group or on Twitter, using the hashtag #VicPLN13.



And that, dear friends, is the end of the course.

Thank you so much for all your amazing contributions, and congratulations. Now you might like to head over to Edmodo and share your digital story with everyone – or just let off some steam.

Go back to the Unit 7 overview.