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 ONL181 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 have the opportunity to explore some frameworks/models for learning design and facilitation and apply these on one of the provided scenarios as well as your own practice.

On Wednesday 14 November there will be 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

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Topic 3 begins today: Learning in communities – networked & collaborative learning

Dear colleagues,

Halfway through the course, we hope you have enjoyed it so far and learnt a lot!

Topic 3 begins today! Please note that Europe changed time this weekend (because of day-light-saving) and now it is CET (Central European Time) and no longer CEST (Central European Summer Time). A challenge for a course like ONL with synchronous events with people from all over the world 😉

Is 1+1=2 or is there more to it? The coming two weeks will be all about learning in communities, networking and collaboration. Many of of us probably have experiences from group work, that for some reason hasn’t worked all that well (for instance it may have turned out as cooperative rather than collaborative?)  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?

In this topic we offer the following common course events:

Kind regards the course team

Topic 2 starts here!

Photo by Alexandre Godreau on Unsplash

Photo by Alexandre Godreau on Unsplash

Just when you’re polishing off Topic 1 here comes Topic 2, starting on Monday 15 October!

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 courses for free as Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC). At the same time we are becoming increasingly aware of the principle that “if it is free then you are the product”. How can we work with open education and develop an awareness of the opportunities as well as the limitations of openness?

This topic starts by asking you to watch an introduction film by Kay Oddone and Alastair Creelman and then add your comments and questions on a common workspace called Padlet. Go to the full topic description page for all instructions and links.

Have you started your learning blog yet? If you haven’t please look at our guide and get started as soon as you can.

Read the full description of Topic 2.

Second week of topic 1 – finding one’s feet

So, we’re well into the second week of topic 1 and you are probably beginning to find your feet. Sara Mörtsell’s webinar last week was attended by many and, as always, greatly appreciated – don’t forget that you can still ask Sara questions in the main G+ community and she will pop in and respond now and then this week!

For this week, we have a tweetchat, on Friday 12 October, at 12.00-13.00 (CEST). Tune in to Twitter, enter the course hashtag #ONL181 and take part in the discussion! Learn more about how on the event page!

Hope you are all having a brilliant week!

The course team

 

At last – proper course start: topic 1!

Dear colleagues,
We’ve seen a great start of ONL181 with lots of activity in the common ONL181 community, in the PBL groups and in the blogs!

We know that the first weeks of the course feel slightly overwhelming to most participants – but don’t worry, it will get a lot clearer once you start finding your way around the different sites and communities! And don’t hesitate to ask for help ;o)

It was great to see so many of you at the introductory webinar! We hope the technical difficulties was just a one-off since Zoom normally is well-behaved… ;o)

We are now going into the third week of the course which means that the first topic begins! The PBL groups will start their work 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 offer a webinar with Sara Mörtsell, program leader of the Wikipedia Education program in Sweden and Education Manager at Wikimedia Sweden, this week. We will hear about and discuss e.g. what it means to be digitally literate and what skills we need to develop for that… Hope to see many of you on Wednesday 3 October at 10am CEST!!

Have a great week!
The course team

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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CC0 Public domain on Pixabay

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!