Digital Learning

In the final weeks of the first Digital Learning class at Lamar University we were posed the following question:

  • How do I see the growth mindset, failing forward strategies, and the COVA Model impacting my learning as I continue in the program?

This is something that I have been thinking about for quite a while throughout the entire program, and especially within the contexts of this class. These three items work hand in hand with each other. The underlying theme of the above question really has to do with perseverance. It’s about growing yourself and pushing outside of your comfort zone. You have to make conscience choices as an educator to not accept the status quo, but to challenge yourself to continually learn new techniques. Students will come in year after year with new information and you can either keep up with the times they live in, or get left behind.

The COVA model in particular has been especially important throughout this experience. I have always viewed myself as one that it continually learning and growing. This is just the nature of the programs I teach. The COVA thought process has caused me to realize that it’s not just about learning and growing, but about doing so efficiently. I have found that while I already have an incredible amount of knowledge on many of the technologies we cover, I was somewhat resistant when it came to accepting new technology that can accomplish the same task more quickly. This is something that my current students have helped me with as well, and it has allowed us to all grow together. I can spend time in class teaching them one way to complete a task, and they can show an alternative way to do the same thing. It’s important to know multiple ways of handling a task as the “same old way” doesn’t always work.

I love the saying above failing forward. This is something that I continually try to instill in my students. It’s about the learning process. Failure is an opportunity to grow, not the end of the road. This is also one of the reasons I don’t like the idea of grading rubrics. A rubric defines what you must do in order to receive a certain grade. An open ended grading policy with interactive student discussion promotes learning and growing as opposed to looking for the “one right answer”.