Planning is Learning
I have been working away on building up the resources and reading list for Module 1 on the history of childhood and children’s rights, and doing so has made me realise some things that differentiate an unschooled masters from what I have experienced before in taught programmes.
Because I am planning the modules myself, in researching what resources, sources and reading is going to be useful, I obviously am having to actually look at and analyse them. So, it is impossible in a way, to separate out the ‘planning stage’ from the ‘learning stage’. It’s all blending into one. This is typical of unschooling I think – you can’t avoid the learning, it’s in the process, it’s happening all the time, as you explore and build learning and competency come hand in hand.
This isn’t necessarily the case for materials that have been recommended to me – those are on a list for exploring – and I have 4 books now reserved and due to be delivered to my local library, so at the moment, my contact with that material has been limited.
However, for the resources that I am able to source online, finding them has led to getting into them. To summarise: figuring things out for yourself is a very active learning experience.
The Joy of Studying a Recorded Lecture
There are a lot of benefits to accessing material via a video as opposed to sitting in a live lecture. Don’t get me wrong, I love being in the audience of a speaker, it is a great experience. However, in terms of accessing what they are saying, video format just makes so much sense for these reasons: you can watch it more than once, you can watch it once, then take notes after, you can pause it, you can rewind. You can come back to it again at a later time.
This is such a better learning experience, as far as I am concerned, in terms of really being able to take on board what is being said. I remember during my undergraduate degree, that in a lecture there was always the bind of wanting to give the speaker my full attention and not miss anything, and needing/wanting to take down notes. I always felt I was sacrificing something, and often when I left I felt as though there were parts that I had missed as a result. Being able to study something from a video is such an improvement in that regard.
Granted, there isn’t the same person to person contact that you might achieve in a lecture, and yes, some lecturers do give printed notes of what they are going to cover, which I think is great. However, Professor Cunningham’s lecture did leave me with a question, and I have just emailed him to see if he would be willing to share his thoughts with me on it. I will let you know if I get a reply!
I will be posting my notes on the lecture when I have done them – I need to watch it a few more times first…