Imitation is the sincerest of flattery?

It’s Week 1 of the Learning Challenge (LC) and I have set aside 30 minutes to practice the art of knotcraft. The first website I went to was “Knots: How to Tie Knots“; I was not impressed with the rather short but pedestrian instructions with the naff looking illustrations – if I was having trouble understanding how to tie easy knots, what was it going to be like with the more complex ones?

The next website, “Ropers Knot Page“, has slightly longer, but equally, pedestrian instructions with rather confusing looking illustrations that don’t do anything to enlighten me as to what I am suppose to be doing. I am beginning to wonder if I have chosen an appropriate learning challenge – certainly the free resources I am using are not explaining themselves very well.

My next resource, “I Will Knot“, is something of a revelation to me. It uses a mixture of short, sharp videos and short, but still, pedestrian instructions. But it is the videos that work for me. When it comes to something that involves a motor skill, I am someone who likes to be shown so that I can mimic and keep practicing that skill. In that sense I could be considered as a kinesthetic learner.

This also suggests to me that if you want someone to learn something online, the materials / resources you create will be dependent upon the task / skills / knowledge / information that you wish to convey to your students.

So, do you use drawings, photographs, videos, audio recordings or text to put across something that needs to be learnt? Should this resource be passive or interactive? Can the learner work in isolation or does this require a collaborative / community dimension?

Interesting questions indeed!

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