OK, so ten weeks later, how are things? If you take a short moment to think, at how you felt at the start of ONL171 around mid-February, and how you feel now, about the digital stuff that’s available out there, about your own capability? We hope you have found what you were looking 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! We know for sure you have put in lots of work into the course work – a quick glance at the groups’ presentations for the different topics will tell you that! Well done, all!
The previous two weeks were all about the design process for online and blended learning and we’ve been thinking and discussing a lot about important choices we make when preparing a course.
This week, the concluding week, the idea is that we try to put it all together – from digital literacies, openness and sharing, networking and collaborating in communities to this design business – and reflect on what really happened in the course and what will happen now. Is it really an option to 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 in 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
We are now into the second week of topic 4 and we can see that you keep up good work in the PBL groups as well as sharing of interesting blog posts!
We believe that you all know about the horrendous terrorist attack that happened in Stockholm Friday afternoon last week. We hope that all of you and your friends situated in Stockholm are well. The weekend has been heavy for all who suffered and for the whole society, but people have also shown a strong sense of togetherness and hope. The manifestation for love, solidarity and openness with maybe 50000 people who gathered in central Stockholm on the Sunday was a very strong experience.
During last week we had a webinar with Martha Cleveland-Innes and Stefan Stenbom and material can be found on the event page. We have not yet been able to publish the recording as it showed to be problems with the sound. We have seeked support to possibly repair the recording and will let you know if it succeeds.
For this week, the common course activity is the tweetchat Tuesday 11 April 11.00-12.00 (CEST)! See the event page. If you have not yet started with Twitter or joined a tweechat, we encourage you to take this opportunity to try it out!
This week is a little shorter due to the upcoming Easter. We hope you will have a good week and we wish you all a Happy Easter with some relaxing holidays towards the end of the week. The final topic “Lessons learnt – future practice” starts on 18th April.
The ONL team
We hope that you all at this point of time in the course feel quite well-settled with the ONL learning environment and that you have found a good structure for your studies and PBL group work. It seems that the previous topic on Learning in communities was inspiring and engaged you in good discussions and reflection on collaborative and networked learning. Fantastic presentations from the PBL groups are now being shared in the ONL171 community, don´t miss to take part of what the other groups have created.
Today is the start of the fourth topic, Design for online and blended learning. This topic is for discussing and reflecting around what constitutes good support and well-designed learning environments. You will be able to explore a couple of frameworks/models for learning design that you maybe also can apply in your PBL group inquiry of one of the two provided scenarios.
On Tuesday 4 April there is a webinar with Martha Cleveland-Innes and Stefan Stenbom who will elaborate on design for online and blended learning and introduce the framework Community of Inquiry. (see event). During the second week of the topic there will be a new opportunity to join a tweetchat (see event)
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 ONL171 blog roll
We wish you all a great week!
The ONL team
Hope you enjoyed the events of last week – the webinar on Wednesday and the tweetchat on Thursday, both lead by Alec Couros! Some of the questions discussed in the tweetchat were: “What are some strategies for building and maintaining an online learning network?”, “What are risks & benefits of participating in online learning networks re: being critical consumers of info (e.g. fake news)?” and “Outside of education, what are great examples of inspiring network collaborations that you have encountered?”. Really inspiring discussion and such good fun! If you missed it, have a look at the discussion here.
This week is Open Education Week, an event organized by The Open Education Consortium, presented like this: “Open Education Week’s goal is to raise awareness about free and open educational opportunities that exist for everyone, everywhere, right now. We want to highlight how open education can help people meet their goals in education, whether that’s to develop skills and knowledge for work, supporting formal studies, learning something new for personal interest, or looking for additional teaching resources.” Have a look at some of the events planned for the week here and why not join something that you find interesting?
Wish you all a terrific week!
The course team
Halfway through the course, we hope you have enjoyed the ride so far and learnt a lot!
Is 1+1=2 or is there more to it? The coming two weeks will be all about learning in communities, networking and collaboration. Most of us have experiences from group work, that for some reason hasn’t worked all that well. It may have turned out as cooperative rather than collaborative or there may have been social loafing involved. So – when it really works well, how does this change the way we learn? And networking, in this age of social media, how can this be used for learning and how can we build Personal Learning Networks (PLN) to support this? Is there a recipe for making collaborative work a fruitful experience?
We have some treats in store for this week, a webinar with Alec Couros on Wednesday, followed up with a tweetchat the day after. And for inspiration, may we suggest a peek at blog posts from former ONL participant and current co-facilitator, Kay Oddone; about network literacy, and about Twitter?
Wish you all a great week!
The course team
We hope you are enjoying your investigation of openness in education. It is a complex topic and could easily fill a whole course. If you want to dig a bit deeper into the issues involved here we can recommend that you read Martin Weller’s book The battle for open. The book is free to read online and gives a balanced analysis of the many faces of “open”. If you don’t have time to read it just now you can always bookmark it and return later.
If you missed last week’s webinar with Teresa MacKinnon you can watch the recording. This week we will discuss aspects of openness in a tweetchat (a chat session on Twitter), Wednesday 15 March, 19.00 – 20.00 (Swedish time, CET). If you haven’t tried a tweetchat before there are films to show you what to do on the event page.
Keep the blog posts coming and remember that if you want to see the latest posts from the community have a look at the blog roll.
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.
Most of you have now started writing your blogs and there have been some very impressive efforts so far. One way of keeping track of the latest posts is by checking our ONL171 Blog Roll regularly. Here you’ll see the latest posts from all members of ONL171, just scroll down to see more. Dip in now and again and comment on posts you find interesting! If you can’t find your latest post here, contact your facilitator.
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.
great start of ONL171; lots of activity in the common ONL171 community, in the PBL groups and in the blogs!
We hope that you are getting familiarized with the learning environment and connecting with peers and facilitators. We know that the start up might feel a bit confusing, but hopefully it is becoming more clear as the course proceeds…
It was great to see so many people at the introductory webinar! It was with interest that we looked at your expectations and concerns, and we hope to meet most of the expectations and as for the concerns it is very helpful to be aware of them and also that we could sort out some things at the webinar. If you missed the introductory webinar and would like to see it, please have a look at the recording.
We are now starting the second week of the course which means that the first topic begins!
The PBL groups will start working with a scenario and the first topic related blog posts will be made, please find information about topic 1 here.
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 to see many of you on Tuesday February 21st at 15:00-16:00 (CET)!
The course team
Just two weeks to go until this term’s issue of Open Networked Learning, ONL171, leaves the stocks! There is still room for a few more open learners – register here! If you are affiliated with one of the organising institutions please check with the organisers at your institution (look here: Karolinska Institutet, Lund University, Linnaeus University, The Independent Institute of Education)
We look forward to meeting you real soon!