Course six of my Masters, and I have Mendeley, Feedly, Diigo and of course this blog all set up ready to go! Hooray! Go Me!!
a bit of procrastination (or make that a lot of procrastination)…
a bit of Facebook
…and a bit more Facebook (it’s important to utilise social networking in NGL! lol)
Mind you, I had completed all of the readings, however, I had no idea how to utilise these tools to participate fully in the course.
After a few more hours of experimenting with the apps required for this course, I finally feel as if “I have crossed the threshold”.
I feel in this instance, it is similar to learning to ride a bike.
I watched my three year old son do this recently.
One try, one fall. Another try, another fall. Yet finally, after numerous attempts, something clicks, and he’s got it!
He characterised the Threshold concept in relation to NGL as:
Troublesome; alien, incoherent or counter-intuitive.
Discursive; incorporates an enhanced and extended use of language
Irreversible; is transformative and changes the way in which the discipline is viewed
Luminality; involves messy journeys back and forth the terrain
Integrative; reveals connections among different aspects that previously did not seem to be related.
I feel like I can attest to each of these characteristics.
In using the tools for NGL I found I spent countless hours moving back and forth across messy, complex terrains. I tried to post on one site, failed. Tried to post again, this time getting a little further, but failed. Each time, I’d gain a little ground.
Discursive: I found the terminology and metalanguage hard to grasp. After reading many articles full of NGL jargon, but at this stage in my learning, not participating in NGL, I was unable to contextualise the meanings. I feel there is still so much to learn, however, as I participate as part of a community of learners, I feel the meanings will come.
Irreversible: I am so grateful for this one!!! I am so glad that now I have learnt that NGL is not as much knowing, as knowing how, where and who.
I guess it’s like riding a bike; you can never “unlearn”.
So i guess it is here; I shall pick up my bike and get on with it 🙂