How to participate and course requirements

You can participate in Open Networked Learning in different ways. The most common and collaborative way is to join a problem based learning (PBL) group where you work with 6-8 colleagues on scenarios for each topic in the course. In the PBL groups there will be a mix of institutional learners (from the organizing universities) and open learners. Each group has a facilitator and a co-facilitator. As an open learner you are welcome to join a PBL group and can sign up for this at the beginning of the course, but you can also study independently.

If you don’t want to join a PBL group, considering the extra time required, we encourage you to connect with others to learn together. All registered Open learners who are not studying in a PBL group will be invited to participate in a “semi-facilitated” community.

You can participate in the following ways:



 You study independently following the topics, writing blog posts and taking part in the discussions in the main open community
– the only thing you do not do is participate in a PBL group.
– you are encouraged to participate in Open learner “semi-facilitated” community.


You study within a facilitated PBL group with other learners (both open and institutional).


You study within a facilitated PBL group with other learners (both open and institutional).
You are affiliated to one of the organizing universities  (Sweden: Karolinska Institutet, Lund University, Linnaeus University, Stockholm university; Finland: Arcada, Helsinki; South Africa: Independent Institute of Education) and are enrolled to the course through your institution.

Course requirements
If you wish to gain a certificate for the course you must complete the following:

  • active participation in the PBL group (participation in group work both synchronously and asynchronously, taking responsibility for tasks, creating presentations, giving feedback to colleagues etc.).*
  • write a reflective blog posts for each course topic (approx. 400-500 words each, include references to literature/resources).
  • commenting to blog posts by your peers, at least once for each topic.

*The option to be an open learner without being in a PBL group means that you follow all other criteria except from the part regarding the PBL group, and the certificate is formulated accordingly.

Activity tracking
Please note that all kinds of learners at the end of the course must present a short summary/compilation of activities and engagement during the course to get a certificate. There is a specific tool for that, referred to as the ONL “activity tracking”, this will help you see that you are fulfilling the requirements as well as forming a basis for  awarding certificates.

The activity tracking for ONL171 is found here.

Please fill in (briefly!) where and how you have been active. It could be for instance your activity in your PBL-group (if you took the lead for a specific topic, if you participated to make the presentation, etc), links to collaborative group work, links to written blog posts and written feedback, discussions in the main forum, participation in webinars etc. Please add links where appropriate.

For your own benefit it is best to update regularly. The course team will however not collect all of the answers until the end of the course.

We strongly suggest that you for each week have a back-up of your activities in a document of your own. The settings on the form are as follows: each participants is only allowed to participate once, but it is possible to edit at different times. This means that if you are logged in with your Google account and open the survey again after the first time, you should be located to your survey already in progress.

To save this form you have to press the Submit-button in the end.

Awarding certificates

As an open learner the facilitator of your PBL group is responsible for “assessing” your participation at the end of the course in order for you to get the certificate.

As an institutional learner the facilitator of your PBL group (which might be from any of the organising institutions) is responsible for the PBL part, whilst your course leader(s) for your institutional course will be your contact person and also will “assess” your overall participation (including the blogging) at the end of the course in order for you to get the certificate.
The course requirements as presented above are general and applicable for open learners and all participating institutions, however each institution might have specified some details – please check with your institution’s course leaders.














4 thoughts on “How to participate and course requirements

  1. Hi,
    I have som questions about this course. How does it work by distance?. It seems you have to work with in Groups.
    Can we manage to take the course just by distance?.
    Is it possible to do it during 2016?.
    Best regards
    Maria Benito

    • Dear Maria,
      Thank you for your questions!
      All course activities in the course are online, both asynchronous (discussion i forums giving some flexibility in time) and synchronous (group meetings, course webinars and chats at pre-decided times), so you can be almost anywhere on a distance to participate.
      And yes, the course will run also during spring 2016!
      Best regards,

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