Open learning – week 2

photo-1454942901704-3c44c11b2ad1-1Now we start the second week of Topic 2 on opening up education. We hope you are enjoying investigating this fascinating and rapidly developing field and have found time to sample the recommended reading and viewing as a stimulus to your group work.

If you haven’t already done so have a look at the Padlet wall about open education that many of you contributed to last week. It is full of interesting ideas, opinions, links and even discussions and you are welcome to add to the collection – just scroll and find an open space to click on and write your ideas!

We’re looking forward to seeing the results of your work next week in the main community. Don’t forget to check the blog roll regularly to see what your colleagues are writing about and please comment on some of them. It’s always nice to connect!

Photo: CC0 Public domain by Joshua Earle on Unsplash

Topic 2: Open learning – sharing and openness

We hope you are now getting familiar with the course set-up and have enjoyed working in your PBL groups on the first topic.

Now we move on to a central element in this course; the topic of openness. Education has mostly been run in relatively closed environments like classrooms, lecture halls and learning management systems. Today however education is opening up. Teachers are sharing their resources, institutions are making their course material publicly available and even offering them for free.

By the end of this topic, you will have had the opportunity to

  • discuss open resources, open/closed tools and open participation courses
  • reflect on different aspects of openness in your own context
  • review in groups open features of the chosen activity/resource
  • inquire into open educational practices related to a specific scenario

We would also like to remind you to keep up to date with your own reflective blog posts and update your progress in the activity tracker.

Read the full description of Topic 2.

Developing digital literacy – last week of topic 1

Dear colleagues,

In this final week of topic 1 “Connecting – online participation and digital literacies” we have already seen some very interesting reflections in the participants’ blogs!
The start of the ONL course seem to have been somewhat confusing (which might not be at all bad) and at the same time enjoyable with connecting to lots of other learners across the world and across context, sharing the same interest for learning and how to develop ourselves as e.g. teachers or educational developers… If you have not had time yet to take part of some blog posts from the other participants, please do and we think you will find it fascinating!

In case you missed the webinar with Sara Mörtsell it was recorded, it was indeed an interesting discussion and seems to have inspired the investigations in the PBL groups.

Towards the end of this week all groups will share their results of investigation of the first scenario, we look forward to that!

Kind regards the ONL team

Second week of ONL162 – great start with lots of activities and now time to dig into the first scenario!

Dear friends,

We are now starting the second week of the course and we have exceeded 100 members the ONL community, we have never been so many before. It has been fantastic to see all activity during the first week with introductions and commenting and further that blogging seems to be off to an unusually good start. Hopefully you have started to find your way around the learning environment and made connections with peers and facilitators. We know that first weeks can feel a bit “chaotic”!

We now  have 11 PBL groups with 7-8 members in each that have started to form. Most groups have had their first meeting, although some have encountered problems with Adobe meetings. We hope to provide an alternative option for groups to choose during the week.

This week the PBL groups will start working with a scenario, please find information about the second part of topic 1 (second and third weeks, officially starting today) on the ONL site under Course activities.

We are very happy to within this topic offer a webinar with Sara Mörtsell (the program leader of the Wikipedia Education program in Sweden and Education Manager at Wikimedia Sweden); we will hear about and discuss e.g. what does it mean to be digitally literate and what skills do we need to develop for that…Hope many of you can join on Wednesday 5th October 2 pm CEST!

Kind regards,

The course team

ONL162 – topic 1 started today!

Dear colleagues,

Finally we have set off for the exciting learning journey of ONL162 and there is already lots of activity in the G+ communities and on twitter! There are almost 80 registered participants (in 11 PBL groups) and there are even more members in the course common ONL162 G+ community where all facilitators and some other people (e.g. previous participants) have joined…

Topic 1 started today; please take part of the information, e.g. about the introductory webinar on Wednesday 28th September, on the course site!
Information and activities for the second and third week of topic 1 will be published at the end of the week.

Today the PBL groups have opened up; those of you who have registered to be in a PBL group (the open learners who chose this way to participate plus all institutional learners) have received an e-mail today with information about which group you are assigned to; please join as soon as possible!

Kind regards,

The course team

Only one week left to the official start of ONL162!

Dear colleagues,

We are excited to welcome you to next iteration of the ONL course!

Next Monday, September 26th the course will officially start, please find an overview here.

The spaces where most of the activity will take place are the different Google+ communities; the main ONL162 community for all learners opens today for you to join and we hope that you take the opportunity to join prior to the course start (you will need to create a google account if you do not already have one).

PBL group communities  will open on 26th September (if you will study within a PBL group you will be informed which group you are assigned to and how to join it).

As you can see in the overview, on Wednesday 28th September 10:00-11:00  (CEST) there will be an introductory webinar in Adobe Connect. In this session we will introduce the course and it is an opportunity for all participants to start connecting!

It is still possible to register for the course as an open learner and you are welcome to tell colleagues who might be interested.

The organizing institutions for this iteration are  Karolinska Institutet, Lund University, Linnaeus University, KTH Royal Institute of Technology (all Sweden) and Independent Institute of Education (South Africa) and open learners from different parts of  the world have registered so it will be a truly international learning experience…

Look forward to see you online!

Kind regards,
The ONL team

Open Networked Learning ONL162 starts 26 September

The second ONL course of the year starts 26 September and you are welcome to register either as a member of the host institutions (see below) or as an open learner.

This course is aimed at teachers, learning technologists, educational developers and course designers in higher education. It presents opportunities to explore a multitude of aspects of open networked learning with colleagues from around the world in a multidisciplinary and cross cultural context.

During the course you will work with the following:

  • How to create collaborative and flexible learning environments online
  • Test problem-based learning in open online platforms
  • Develop your professional learning network
  • Test a range of digital tools and methods in a pedagogical context
  • Learn about the latest research and new trends in the field

ONL is offered by the following institutions: Karolinska Institute, Lund University, Linnaeus University, the Royal Institute of Technology (all Sweden) and Independent Institute of Education (South Africa). Participants from other institutions are welcome to sign up as open learners.

More information and registration


Summer’s up!

Dear friends,

For Scandinavians, summer is very special due to the very uneven distribution of daylight and temperature during the four seasons. This time of year, the northernmost parts of Sweden, Norway and Finland have midnight sun – and during winter there will be a period when the sun never manages to rise above the horizon! With a bit more than two weeks to go before summer solstice, Denmark and the southernmost part of Sweden have long days (in Lund today the sun rose at 4:25 am and will set at 9:48 pm) whereas in the winter the days are but a few hours long. We’ve had a few days of summer here with temperatures above 25°C (and all of us now wonder if that was the summer this year).

The course team would like to thank you all for the energy you have put into the course during these months, for the generosity in sharing, the jokes, the laughs and the kindness displayed! We know this course has been basically another set of ‘to-dos’ on everyone’s list – so it’s about time you all get a breather after a job well done – if you take a minute or two to consider where you were regarding the level of digital literacy when the course started in February, and where you are today, you will undoubtedly see that you have made considerable progress!

A new iteration of the course, ONL162, will launch in September (see here). Tell your friends and colleagues (or go to this page and sign up at once)!

Wish you all a really great summer!

The course team

Welcome to concluding week: ONL – future perspectives

In our timeline we have now reached the final week of the course.
Look at our timeline!



We hope you have found what you were searching for when you signed up for this course and that you will carry with you some of  what you have accomplished into your future work. We also sincerely hope that you have had good fun on the way!

The previous week was all about Designing Learning Environments and we discussed support structures and how to build the best learning environments.

This week, the concluding week, the idea is that we try to put it all together – from Digital literacy to Collaborative learning and communities, Flexible and mobile learning, Open educational practices and Designing learning environments – and reflect on what really happened in the course and what will happen now. Will we fall back to old ways of working or will we be looking for new and more updated ways to meet future demands? That is, of course, all up to you.

You will have an opportunity to reflect on this in your PBL group as well as on the final webinar.

If you are aiming for a certificate (check participation modes and requirements) you should have written at least four blog posts by now and use this week to write a final, summarizing post. If you are part of a PBL-group, this week is for reflecting on the group’s achievements and sharing a final presentation in the ONL G+ community.

Wish you all the best for future collaborations!
The ONL team

Welcome to topic 6 – Designing Learning Environments

We hope you are all well! Now the end of the course is in sight and we hope you can keep up the good work all the way to the finishing line. The previous week was all about different aspects of openness in education and we have seen interesting and fruitful discussions going on in the groups and in the main G+ community. If you missed the discussion about MOOCs and OERs in the webinar with Marita Ljungqvist, you can find the recording on the event page.

Today is the start of the sixth topic, Designing Learning Environments. In all forms of education, on and off campus, support is an essential prerequisite for student engagement and learning. Universities have usually well-established support structures for campus students with workshops, consultation times and face-to-face teacher feedback. These structures are not always available for online students and it is not always self-evident where to go for help and as a result they may feel lost and drop out. This is why design issues are so important and support for learners needs to be available in a variety of forms.

This topic is for discussing and reflecting around what constitutes good support and well-designed learning environments. In addition to discussions in ONL community and the PBL groups there will also be a course tweet chat. If you not yet have experienced a tweet chat, please take the opportunity to join the tweet chat on Wednesday evening (see the event page).

At this point, we would also like to encourage you all to read some participants’ blogs that you haven’t looked at before, and also to comment on them! Check the Padlet page with links to blogs.

Please share your personal experiences regarding different aspects of design to support learning and explore together effective support strategies that do or could work in your professional context.

Have a great week!

The ONL team

In our timeline we have reached Topic 6  – Designing learning environments
See the timeline below and find tasks and resourses here.



If you are aiming for a certificate (check participation modes and requirements) you should so far have written at least 3 reflective blog posts. If you are part of a PBL-group you have been active in 5 topic discussions and participated in the collaborative work.

Don´t forget to post your blog posts in the PBL group and your group work in the big community.

Best wishes,
The ONL team