Topic 2 starts here!

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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.

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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 2 week 2

We hope you are enjoying exploring the world of open education. It’s a fascinating world and far from simple, as we are sure you have already discovered.

This week you are invited to take part in another ONL tweetchat. Kay Oddone and Alastair Creelman will be hosting this on Wednesday, 25 October at 12.00 CEST and we’ll be chatting about open education and following up on some of the themes discussed in last week’s webinar as well as the fantastic discussion on the Topic 2 Padlet page. We will collect all the material from this topic on that Padlet page so you’ll find all the resources there. Please continue to contribute to the discussion there!

We would also like to remind you of the activity tracker and to start planning your topic 2 blog posts.

Enjoy the week!

Topic 2: Open learning – Sharing and openness

Just when you’re polishing off Topic 1 along comes Topic 2, starting on Monday 16 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).

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. We would also like to remind you to keep up to date with your own reflective blog posts and update your progress in the activity tracker.

Read the full description of Topic 2.

ONL172 starts 25 September

The next iteration of Open Networked Learning, ONL172, starts very soon, 25 September, and will continue till 1 December. Please check the course overview for the general outline. You are also welcome to follow our hashtag #ONL172 on Twitter for updates..

See course overview.
Registration details.

If you work at one of the organising institutions you can register for the course already via the following links: Karolinska Institute, Lund University, Linnaeus University, Stockholm University,  Luleå University of Technology, Arcada University of Applied Sciences (Helsinki) and Independent Institute of Education (South Africa).

If you do not belong to these institutions you are welcome to join the course as an open learner (registration form).

We look forward to meeting you all very soon!