Week 2: “Connecting” starts today!

Dear colleagues,
Finally we have set off for the exciting learning journey of ONL181 and there is already lots of activity in the ONL181 G+ community and on twitter!

There are 120 registered participants who will study in 15 mixed PBL groups! In the course common ONL181 G+ community there are also all facilitators and some other people (e.g. previous participants) who have joined!

Last week (the first week of the course: “Getting started”) was an opportunity to  learn how to navigate the learning spaces  and create your learning blog and now as we enter the second week “Connecting” focus will be on PBL groups and getting together.

Today the PBL groups will open up and all registered participants  will receive an e-mail with information about which group you are assigned to; please join as soon as possible!

Please note: this is a post published at the course site, if you have signed up to subscribe to posts (e.g. if you have attended an earlier iteration of ONL) you will get it as an e-mail and if you no longer would like to receive e-mails about new posts please see instructions in the last part of the e-mail how to unsubscribe.

Kind regards,
The course team


ONL181 starts here – welcome!

Now it’s time to dive into the course and we really hope you will enjoy the journey you are about to start. The course starts officially on Monday 17 September and the first week’s schedule is now available, Getting started. During the first week the focus is on learning how to navigate the learning spaces (Google+, Google Drive) and creating your learning blog. Full instructions for the week plus useful links, films and reading are available on the Getting started page. If you have any questions about the course we have drop-in helpdesk times every day during the first week.

At the end of this week you will be ready to start the collaborative work in your PBL groups. Good luck!

Ready, steady …

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We have now closed the registration for ONL181 and it’s time to get ready to dive in!

The course will start on Monday 17 September and the first week has the theme Getting started.  During this first important week the focus is to familiarize yourself with the ONL learning spaces. It is important that you familiarize yourself with our Google+ community, create your own blog (if you don’t already have one) as well as how to work collaboratively in Google Drive.  You will also be encouraged to share expectations, background knowledge, experience and practice and begin to build relationships.

Full instructions for the first week of the course will be published very soon and a notice will be posted here.

Join us in September

Registration for the next iteration of Open Networked Learning, ONL181, is now open. The participating universities this time are:  Karolinska Institute, Lund University, Linnaeus University, Stockholm University, Luleå University of Technology, Linköping University, Mälardalen University and Karlstad University  (Sweden), Arcada University of Applied Sciences and Aalto University (Finland), and Independent Institute of Education (South Africa). If you belong to one of these institutions you register for the course via internal registrations and each institute has a contact person for the course.

If you do not belong to one of the partner universities you register as an open learner.

The course starts 17 September.

More information about ONL181.

ONL181 starts in September

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Open Networked Learning is taking a break for the first half of 2018 but we will be back with ONL181, starting 17 September. We are busy making some changes to the course in response to participant feedback and we hope the new version will be even better than before. If you are interested in joining the course please check the instructions, Join next ONL.

We look forward to meeting you all in September!

ONL172 has come to an end, but the adventure continues


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We hope you have enjoyed the ONL experience and have discovered new ideas, methods and tools that you can use in your own teaching and learning. We also hope you have expanded your professional network and that some of you will continue to collaborate in the future. The aim of ONL is to introduce you to the world of open networked learning but the real work starts afterwards as you begin to explore the themes and concepts in more detail.

Many of you are still busy finishing your final blog posts. When you’re finished please remember to complete the Activity Tracker. Once we see that you have completed the course we will review your work and you will receive course certificates over the coming weeks. Those who belong to one of the participating institutions will get a certificate from your institution whilst open learners will get an open learner certificate.

ONL will take a break for the first time since we started back in 2014 and there will be no course in the first half of 2018. Instead we will return in September 2018 with ONL181. Very soon we will add a page with more information about ONL181.

Good luck and please keep in touch!

Topic 5 – Lessons learnt and future practice

Our journey is coming to an end as we enter the final week of ONL172 (see the full description of topic 5). However you can also see this as the end of the beginning and the start of a longer journey as you find new opportunities to widen the scope of your teaching and learning. We hope you have found what you were looking for when you signed up for this course and that you will take this with you 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!

This week, the concluding week, the idea is that we try to put it all together – digital literacies, openness, sharing, networking, collaboration, course design – and reflect on what really happened in the course and how you will apply these insights into your own practice. 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 (1 December).

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

Topic 4 – second week

Dear friends,

We are now entering 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!

During last week we had a webinar with Martha Cleveland-Innes, the recording and material from the webinar can be found on the event page.

For this week, the common course activity is the tweetchat Wednesday 22 November 10.00-11.00 (CET)! 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!

We hope you will have a good week! The final topic “Lessons learnt – future practice” starts on 27th November.

The ONL team

Welcome to topic 4 – Design for online and blended learning

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 being shared in the ONL172 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 can apply in your PBL group inquiry into one of the two provided scenarios and also in your own practice.

On Wednesday 15 November there is a webinar with Martha Cleveland-Innes who will elaborate on the importance of design for online and blended learning and discuss 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!

We wish you all a great week!
The ONL team

Second week of topic 3

Hope you enjoyed the events of last week – the webinar on Thursday and the tweetchat on Friday, both lead by Alec Couros! If, for some reason, you missed the webinar, it was recorded and is available here. Some of the questions discussed in the tweetchat were: “What are risks & benefits of participating in online learning networks re: being critical consumers of info (e.g. fake news)?” and “What are some strategies for building and maintaining an online learning network?”. Really inspiring discussion and such good fun! If you missed it, have a look at the discussion here.

Wish you all a terrific week!

The course team