Jenny Pesina

Jenny Pesina

Jenny is a Senior Educational Developer in the Global Studio team at Deakin University. She is an experienced practitioner and a researcher. Her research explores sociomaterial practices in education.

Location Melbourne, Australia


  • This is indeed a big challenge, @TinaFulcher - thanks for sharing! Do you have any specific insights into how this can be done in your context?

  • Thanks, @MyatHla - do you have any specific ideas in relation to how you'd like to incorporate the activities in your teaching process?

  • Thanks, @SamG! @SuzanneStorer was touching on a similar topic few posts below. I've asked Suzanne to think further on specific types of behaviour learners exhibit during their study in (digital) learning environments. What would be some of the approaches to these patterns from the educator perspective?

  • For sure, @MyatHla - thanks for sharing! Which learning theories have you found particularly useful?

  • Great - thank you, @Ollie(Olaug)Gardener! Happy that you found the fact sheet on learner archetypes useful - how would you utilise it further in your work?

  • Thanks for sharing, @SuzanneStorer! Glad that this week has provided a good reinforcement of the familiar concepts. To expand on social learning, wondering if you have specific patterns of behaviour when you say: "Social learning is something that may take on different characteristics when done in a digital space"? What are some of the approaches to these...

  • Nicely put, @AlexandraKynman - I really like this notion of 'interlinked actions, thoughts and behaviours'. Curious if you have any specific examples from your context?

  • Welcome to the course, @SamG! Lovely to have you with us and look forward to engaging in more chats about learning as a continuous process and Connectivism. :) It might also be useful to think of knowledge as a network with its own patterns and relationships.

  • Absolutely, @LauraDickinson - there's been a big movement lately in various government areas to be more inclusive with the co-design process for this exact reason. I highly recommend reading the "Beyond Sticky Notes" book by Kelly Ann McKercher:

  • I really like your thoughts on "nurturing and maintaining connections" too, @LeahUntisz-Sly - wondering if you have a specific example of this from your context?

  • This is a really interesting area @ClaireWain - I am exploring the agency in objects as part of my current research. That is how objects influence our practice and vice versa. Great example of the coffee making and consumption!

  • Thanks for sharing, @NweNweOo - curious what sorts of intersections or connections have you identified so far between ideas from different fields in this course?

  • Great to hear this course is helpful, @MyatHla! What are some of the key ideas you've gained from participating?

  • Congratulations on your PGCE offer, @AlexandraKynman! I find Twitter also useful as a way of staying on top of current research and connecting to others in my field. It is very true about "who you know", but I also think it's a nexus between the 'who' and the 'what' - 2 parts of the same coin. A knowledge exchange. What do you and others think?

  • Great, @LauraDickinson - which app is this, sounds interesting! How are you planning to use it?

  • Thank you for sharing, @NweNweOo - glad you are finding the platform's features useful for your learning! From the social learning perspective, you've mentioned that you "have learned from others by reading some comments those may help my ideas to be changed" - curious if you could elaborate a bit more on what sort of ideas you have gained through this?

  • Thanks for sharing, @TeresaFrancineCarillo - do you have any particular strategies in mind for considering the needs of learners?

  • Yes, this is very important, @JOHNROYGALVEZ - thanks for sharing! I find systems thinking is very helpful throughout the design process. Have you heard of the expression 'problem dissolving' as oppose to 'problem solving'? More here:

  • Interesting perspective, @DaniloJr.B.Fuentes! Wondering if you have thoughts of empathy from the perspective of designers and educators, e.g., what do they need to know in order to support the learning experience better?

  • Hi everyone,

    In relation to learning design literature - there are some great resources out there. I'll add a few here:

    - Books and articles from Prof Peter Goodyear:

    - Dalziel, J. (2016). Learning design: conceptualizing a framework for teaching and learning online. Routledge.

    - Maina,...

  • For sure, @JonaJaneEspeña - especially your point on 'reliable websites'! How do you identify the reliable sources of information?

  • Fascinating question, @ChrisRawson - getting into the realm of Posthumanism here!

  • I love the idea of 'reverse engineering' in teaching and learning, @TristanMeredith - thanks for sharing!

  • Fantastic to hear, @Ollie(Olaug)Gardener - I find having a great professional network is more important than ever these days!

  • Thanks, @MoayadAbdelRahman - which framework is it and why do you think it is helpful?

  • Yes, this is the right course for new ideas, @LYNDONFABRICANTE! What have you gathered so far in terms of insights?

  • Great to hear, @KeziaJohannE.Macatingrao! What are some of the key ideas you have so far?

  • That's ok, @DiannaCortezano! Have a read through some of the project descriptions the others have shared here; a lot of fascinating insights. Which posts captured your eye the most?

  • Sounds like a well thought through process, @Mary-AnneIsabirye! I agree that models like Backward Design by Wiggins and McTighe are really good for outcome-based design. What were some of the challenges you found when collaborating with training teams?

  • Fascinating to hear, @TristanMeredith - generalist approach to assessment can be problematic. We are working on integration of authentic assessment in a range of learning experiences at the moment and I hear you that there should be focus on specific discipline knowledge and skills. What does everyone else think?

  • Thanks for sharing, @Ollie(Olaug)Gardener - peer review is complex to implement at the best of times! Can't imagine how did this for 4600 students - amazing! What were the main components of the peer review for this many students?

  • Sounds fascinating, @MoayadAbdelRahman! Curious to hear more about the AI side of things - how does this work on Alef Education platform?

  • These are nice definitions, @KeziaJohannE.Macatingrao - wondering if transformation could also lead towards change?

  • Could be, @AdiNaiwaqa! Have you gone through the process of transformation and/or innovation recently? What was it like?

  • Interesting, @KB - thanks for sharing! What would be some examples of 'different' and 'better' the context of digital learning?

  • Thank you, @Mary-AnneIsabirye - wondering if both of these terms are associated with change in some way?

  • Thank you, @KanyiHenry - do you have any thoughts on the terms ‘transformation’ and ‘innovation’ in the context of digital learning?

  • Thank you, @NANIESMALABANA - wonderful to hear!

  • Thank you, @DaniloJr.B.Fuentes - it was great having you in the course with us!

  • Thank you, @KerstinK - very insightful suggestions which we will certainly consider!

  • Wonderful to hear, @RebeccaEvans - thank you for participating in the course!

  • Thanks, @MichaelaMoss - do you mean a view of the course structure on FutureLearn? I quite like the 'to do' view which provides you with the structure for each week:

    As part of your degree, there are additional options available. Chie and Jo will be able to guide you through these as needed.

  • Great question, @NguyenBui! These might vary depending on which country you are in and what sector you are working in (higher education, secondary education, industry, etc). In Australian higher education sector, I am a big fan of yearly conferences such as ASCILITE - and various communities around it. Have a look on the web site for some...