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!

DEADLINES FOR INDIVIDUAL LEARNING BLOG 

DEADLINES FOR PBL  GROUP WORK

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.

DEADLINES FOR INDIVIDUAL LEARNING BLOG 

DEADLINES FOR PBL  GROUP WORK

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

Welcome to topic 5!

Dear friends,

We hope you are all well and have used topic 4 to learn more about flexible learning and pedagogies but also to identify opportunities and challenges for your students and your practice. We want to encourage you all to share in the ONL community, also your experiences and critical reflections from participating in the ONL course so far.

This week we have made a video with Marita Ljungqvist, project manager for the MOOCs-project at Lund University. She will talk about MOOC project  but also about ideas of how materials from MOOCs can be used as OER. On the 8 April 11 am (CEST) is the webinar about MOOCs and using OERs in higher education with Marita Ljungqvist, manager of the MOOC project at Lund University. We will there take a starting point in the video. 

OPEN EDUCATIONAL PRACTICES
DEADLINES FOR INDIVIDUAL LEARNING BLOG

DEADLINES FOR PBL GROUP WORK
In our timeline we have reached Topic 5 – Open Educational Practices (see resources and tasks here).  In this topic we will discuss Open Educational Resources (OER), open and closed tools as well as open access participation in courses and you will have the opportunity to reflect on openness in your own practice.

See you all online.

The ONL team

We have now reached topic 5 in our timeline. If you are aiming for a certificate (check participate modes and requirements) you should by now have written 3 posts. If you are part of a PBL-group you have been active in 4 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.

 

Welcome to topic 4 – Flexible Learning

Dear colleagues,

In our timeline we have reached topic 4 – Flexible and mobile learningplease see the timeline below. Please notice that Topic 4 will last for two weeks because of Easter.

This topic will start with a webinar already today Monday 21st March at 10 am (CET) with Dr Martha Cleveland Innes, Professor and Chair of Centre for Distance Education at Athabasca University!

It is very interesting to take part of your blog posts, please remember to visit the ONL161 blog padlet and add your blog if you would like to have more readers, and you can find blogs from your peers…

DEADLINES FOR INDIVIDUAL LEARNING BLOG

DEADLINES FOR PBL GROUP WORK

If you are aiming for a certificate you should, in addition to be active in your PBL group, by now have published at least one topic-related blog post  (as the requirements include to write topic-related blog posts to at least 4 out of the 6 topics). Read more about participation here.

We wish you all a happy Easter!

Kind regards the ONL team

Welcome to topic 3 – Collaborative learning & communities

Dear friends,

We hope you are all well and that you are coming to terms with this new learning environment and feeling more and more comfortable!  Topic 2 on Digital Literacy – or as we have seen, it is rather Literacies – seems to have given you ample opportunity to reflect on and identify how these relate to your current personal and professional practice. The PBL groups are active and seeing the resulting shared findings from the group work towards the end of each topic/week is rewarding. Your reflections in the main ONL community and in your blogs on ‘Digital me’ are really interesting – do take some time to read each other’s blog posts and be active in commenting on individual blogs and the shared findings from the PBL groups!

In this week’s topic, starting today, we will discuss Collaborative learning & communities. We think you will find this topic very valuable as this is at the very heart of the ideas behind ONL. Please see Topic 3 for more information!

On Wednesday, March 16th, at 8-9 pm (20:00-21:00) CET, there will be a Tweet chat about this week’s topic, led by Alastair Creelman. We have noticed that several of you have started using Twitter and we encourage you all to learn more about and try out Twitter as one of the tools in building Personal Learning Networks. To learn more about Twitter, watch this video “What is Twitter?”  and if you are new to Tweet chats, watch this “How to take part in a Twitter chat” – both by Alastair Creelman.

In our timeline we have reached Topic 3  – Collaborative learning and communities 
Please see the timeline below

DEADLINES FOR INDIVIDUAL LEARNING BLOG 

DEADLINES FOR PBL  GROUP WORK

If you are aiming for a certificate (check participate modes and requirements) you should have written your first blog post by the end of this topic. If you are part of a PBL-group you should for this topic be active in discussions and participate in the collaborative work.

Wishing you a marvellous week!

The ONL team

Welcome to Topic 2 – Digital Literacy

Dear friends,

We hope this finds you well! It seems that however hard we try to pave the way for the course participants, some confusion – and with that, frustration – is inevitable. These past weeks were meant to give you opportunity to familiarize with the different learning spaces and tools and to get to know each other and the group facilitators through the ONL community and/or the PBL groups and we hope that by now some of the initial confusion and frustration is wearing off. We are pleased to see that so many of you have started sharing experiences and reflections in your blogs and that the PBL groups have met through online meeting tools, made group presentations and started to try out collaborative inquiry using the FISh model.

As we are now entering Topic 2, reflect on your experiences and what you have learnt so far. Sharing the link to your blog in our ONL community and/or the ONL bloglist will give more people a chance to read and comment! Please also share your PBL group work from Topic 1 in the ONL community. Support each other by commenting on each other’s posts in the community and/or directly in the blogs!

This second topic is about different aspects of Digital Literacy – we hope for fruitful discussions about this and how it links to our personal and professional practices. To start with, please look at the Topic 2 page where you will find information about aims, activities and resources for the topic. This week’s common learning activity is a webinar with Sara Mörtsell, education manager at Wikimedia Sweden – don’t miss the opportunity to watch and discuss with her (or if you do, view the recorded webinar). Sara will also discuss with us in the ONL community during this topic – go there and post your questions!

If you learn within a facilitated PBL group, please remember to access your PBL group space in Google+ regularly and participate in the group activities. If you are having difficulties with actively participating during the week, let the group members and the facilitator know as soon as possible.

In our timeline we have reached Topic 2  – Digital literacy
Please see the timeline below

DEADLINES FOR INDIVIDUAL LEARNING BLOG 

DEADLINES FOR PBL  GROUP WORK

If you are aiming for a certificate (check participate modes and requirements) you should have written your first blog post by the end of this topic. If you are part of a PBL-group you should for this topic be active in discussions and participate in the collaborative work.

Have a marvellous week!
The ONL team

 

Final week of topic 1

Dear all,

The first, confusing weeks of the course safely behind us, we hope you are starting to feel at home in this new environment! Certainly blogging seems to be off to an unusually good start – with commenting and discussions as an enjoyable spin-off.

By now most participants in PBL groups have been in their first meetings – hope all that has worked out well and you feel fortified! Presentations of the groups have not yet started popping up on the main G+ community – hoping to see them the next few days.

This is the week for proper work on the scenario for topic 1. We hope you are eager to dig in and get your hands dirty!

In our timeline we have reached the third week of Topic 1
Please see the timeline below

DEADLINES FOR INDIVIDUAL LEARNING BLOG 

DEADLINES FOR PBL  GROUP WORK

If you are aiming for a certificate (check participate modes and requirements) you should have written your first blog post by the end of this topic. If you are part of a PBL-group you should for this topic be active in discussions and participate in the collaborative work.

Wish you all a great week!
The course team

Second week – initiation of PBL-groups

Dear friends,

The first week of the course has passed and yesterday (Sunday) the Google+ community counted 82 members, most of whom have introduced themselves and started to connect to course mates. It’s so nice to get faces to names and hear some of what you are all about!

We hope you have made good use of the past week to find your way around the learning environment, and have ticked off the different items on the checklists! This week the PBL groups will be forming and start to work. Those of you who have signed up for working in a group will get information about which group you have been assigned to and how to join. The facilitator for the group will set up a first online meeting during the week so you can hopefully all meet and start discussing how the group will work.

In our timeline we have reached the second week of Topic 1
Please see the timeline below

DEADLINES FOR INDIVIDUAL LEARNING BLOG 

DEADLINES FOR PBL  GROUP WORK

If you are aiming for a certificate (check participate modes and requirements) you should have written your first blog post by the end of this topic. If you are part of a PBL-group you should for this topic be active in discussions and participate in the collaborative work.

Best wishes
The ONL team