Reflections on our Journey : in 2018- BL4C (If a new person starting asked…
Reflections on our Journey : in 2018- BL4C
What's been most significant about the programme culture/design that has supported your development?
Culture of adaptability - It is ok if it isn't finished. Constantly evolving
Culture: Everyone doesn't know the final direction - more relatable. Feeling at ease about not having to know the answers
Culture of praise for different answers! (rather than other degrees where there is just one answer they are waiting for)
Development and influence of experience of other learners in the course - problems they are facing, feelings, challenges are shared in the group
Flexibility - ability to create your own content of your own programme
The tutors/facilitators and the students are a great support
Allowing myself to have this time for my inquiry
What are your key learnings/insights about what's important in design of the programme going forward?
Being careful of "delightful neglect" making sure that you can support the projects taken on. Resources
The program leads deepening into their understanding of life learning and the best environments / infrastrucutre for students to thrive.
Key insight - that each persons view has value, that without our input the course might take a different pathway. Our feedback ensures that we are all having our different needs met by the one course
That it is broad enough and specific enough to meet the needs of students. How will you know? Perhaps this is an emergent pathway in and of itself
What's surprised you, encouraged you, frustrated you, challenged you this year?
Flexibility we're allowed in our assessments
Language used sometimes challenging to understand
FRAMEWORKS!! - New, Awesome, Challenging, Interesting, Real, A part of life. LOVE IT (but initially surprised and challenged by it). Now fully integrated.
The calibre of the other students, their dreams and want to make a difference - so encouraging
Frustrations: Self-care neglecting, self-care awareness, hard on ourselves because we want to do so much, self-determination challenge - have to so driven, putting so much energy into what we love that we crash and have to relearn (the course provides a safe space for that realisation
Surprised: How much I enjoyed the assignments!! They work so well. Learning and relevant to real life.
Encouraged: Self care is stressed and supported! The only course where this is emphasised which is incredible so we can learn those lessons quickly
Sometimes instructions are clear, sometimes not
I am not sure I am getting the right support for what I need
How eurocentric the content is in academia and frameworks.
Encouraged by the efforts of the facilitators/tutors to include Te Ao Maori concepts - rituals/karakia, Kellis support, tauira Maori roopu, Maori learning group, changing some of the language on moodle, etc... all great. That the tutors are up for more learning so opportunities to adapt are actively sought
My own self - which is fantastic because it offers a platform of self development and potentially increases the ability to adapt to change in a way that is safe, educational, supportive and grows the soul.
The support of the tutors cannot go unmentioned. Awesome stuff!
Where things haven't met your learning, cultural, emotional or other needs, how have you responded to those barriers?
Reaching out to community beyond this one (friends, family, networks)
Checking in with my 1:1 facilitator - a really important element of the course!!!!!!!!!!! Don't know where we would be without it
Your most significant learning and development this year
I am enough! I have the things I need, I can learn, I will grow, I can be a leader. I have the passion now I can just go out and do it. I guess overall, confidence.
Confidence! Never would have thought I would have the confidence to do a presentation, to talk about what is important and it's thanks to all the opportunities to present for my assignment as well as the conference I got to present at.
Better use of energy - not burning out as much because I trust my ability to do things
Most significant learn has been about myself
Impact your growth is having on others/wider world
I think I am not so angry so better able to engage easier and more authentically with others.
Its increasing confidence that others have in me to get an outcome even if I use a different process
All the conversations and the networking to stimulate interesting but important topics in an easy and approachable way. Not intimidated by the "challenging" conversations any more so can invite others in.
Others are picking up on my confidence and I am giving others encouragement which gives me a buzz of purpose.
Deepening into the journey of leadership and taking time to focus on how I lead versus what I am leading. Leading from the inside out. This has had a positive impact on the way I practise and the way I have worked this year.
If a new person starting asked your advice, what would you tell them about how to get the most out of this programme?
Start your assessments backwards, from the marking rubric - if you want to score high
Lean into and trust that support being offered by the facilitators
We inform the pathway as much as the facilitators. Your input is of value
The programme is already getting out there!
You can do this! Who you are, where you've been, what you've done, counts
Attend as many zoom room invites as you can, connect with your class mates and tutors
Know what is your project about. Preferably within education or social enterprises as that's where they are more knowledgeable about