How to participate and course requirements

Participation in Open Networked Learning is based on working in problem based learning (PBL) groups 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.

Open learners will be assigned to PBL groups together with institutional learners. It is also possible to simply follow the course informally as an observer but you will not be part of the collaborative learning process that is at the heart of this course.

You can participate in the following ways:

  OPEN LEARNER You study within a facilitated PBL group with other learners (both open and institutional). This requires continuous engagement and you should be able to spend approx. 6-8  hours/week for your studies in the course.
INSTITUTIONAL LEARNER 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, Luleå University of Technology; Linköping university, Karlstad University, Mälardalen University. Finland: Arcada University of Applied Sciences, Aalto University; South Africa: Independent Institute of Education and Educor) 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 one reflective blog post for each topic (at least 400 words each), supported by
    references to literature/resources.
  • commenting to blog posts by your peers, at least once for each topic.

The certificate will state that ONL is equivalent to two weeks of full-time studies.

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, which is awarded from ONL.

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 your blog posts) at the end of the course in order for you to get the certificate, which is awarded from your institution.
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.

Please find more information in the course description for open learners.

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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,
      Lars

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