Topic 4 – second week

Dear friends,

We are now into 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!

We believe that you all know about the horrendous terrorist attack that happened in Stockholm Friday afternoon last week. We hope that all of you and your friends situated in Stockholm are well. The weekend has been heavy for all who suffered and for the whole society, but people have also shown a strong sense of togetherness and hope. The manifestation for love, solidarity and openness with maybe 50000 people who gathered in central Stockholm on the Sunday was a very strong experience.

During last week we had a webinar with Martha Cleveland-Innes and Stefan Stenbom and material can be found on the event page. We have not yet been able to publish the recording as it showed to be problems with the sound. We have seeked support to possibly repair the recording and will let you know if it succeeds.

For this week, the common course activity is the tweetchat Tuesday 11 April 11.00-12.00 (CEST)! 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!

This week is a little shorter due to the upcoming Easter. We hope you will have a good week and we wish you all a Happy Easter with some relaxing holidays towards the end of the week. The final topic “Lessons learnt – future practice” starts on 18th April.

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 now being shared in the ONL171 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 also can apply in your PBL group inquiry of one of the two provided scenarios.

On Tuesday 4 April there is a webinar with Martha Cleveland-Innes and Stefan Stenbom who will elaborate on design for online and blended learning and introduce 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! Check the ONL171 blog roll

We wish you all a great week!

The ONL team

Second week of ONL162 – great start with lots of activities and now time to dig into the first scenario!

Dear friends,

We are now starting the second week of the course and we have exceeded 100 members the ONL community, we have never been so many before. It has been fantastic to see all activity during the first week with introductions and commenting and further that blogging seems to be off to an unusually good start. Hopefully you have started to find your way around the learning environment and made connections with peers and facilitators. We know that first weeks can feel a bit “chaotic”!

We now  have 11 PBL groups with 7-8 members in each that have started to form. Most groups have had their first meeting, although some have encountered problems with Adobe meetings. We hope to provide an alternative option for groups to choose during the week.

This week the PBL groups will start working with a scenario, please find information about the second part of topic 1 (second and third weeks, officially starting today) on the ONL site under Course activities.

We are very happy to within this topic offer a webinar with Sara Mörtsell (the program leader of the Wikipedia Education program in Sweden and Education Manager at Wikimedia Sweden); we will hear about and discuss e.g. what does it mean to be digitally literate and what skills do we need to develop for that…Hope many of you can join on Wednesday 5th October 2 pm CEST!

Kind regards,

The course team

Welcome to topic 6 – Designing Learning Environments

We hope you are all well! Now the end of the course is in sight and we hope you can keep up the good work all the way to the finishing line. The previous week was all about different aspects of openness in education and we have seen interesting and fruitful discussions going on in the groups and in the main G+ community. If you missed the discussion about MOOCs and OERs in the webinar with Marita Ljungqvist, you can find the recording on the event page.

Today is the start of the sixth topic, Designing Learning Environments. In all forms of education, on and off campus, support is an essential prerequisite for student engagement and learning. Universities have usually well-established support structures for campus students with workshops, consultation times and face-to-face teacher feedback. These structures are not always available for online students and it is not always self-evident where to go for help and as a result they may feel lost and drop out. This is why design issues are so important and support for learners needs to be available in a variety of forms.

This topic is for discussing and reflecting around what constitutes good support and well-designed learning environments. In addition to discussions in ONL community and the PBL groups there will also be a course tweet chat. If you not yet have experienced a tweet chat, please take the opportunity to join the tweet chat on Wednesday evening (see the event page).

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! Check the Padlet page with links to blogs.

Please share your personal experiences regarding different aspects of design to support learning and explore together effective support strategies that do or could work in your professional context.

Have a great week!

The ONL team

In our timeline we have reached Topic 6  – Designing learning environments
See the timeline below and find tasks and resourses here.

DEADLINES FOR INDIVIDUAL LEARNING BLOG 

DEADLINES FOR PBL  GROUP WORK

If you are aiming for a certificate (check participation modes and requirements) you should so far have written at least 3 reflective blog posts. If you are part of a PBL-group you have been active in 5 topic discussions and participated in the collaborative work.

Don´t forget to post your blog posts in the PBL group and your group work in the big community.

Best wishes,
The ONL team

Welcome to topic 2 – Digital literacy

Dear friends,

We hope this finds you well and that you are starting to feel at home in this ONL course environment! These past two weeks were meant to give you opportunity to familiarize with the different learning spaces and tools and to get to know each other and the group facilitators through the ONL community and/or the PBL groups. We are pleased to see that so many of you have started sharing experiences and reflections in your blogs and that the PBL groups have met in hangouts, made group presentations and started to try out collaborative inquiry using the FISh model.

As we are now entering Topic 2, reflect on your experiences and what you have learnt so far. You may want to share some reflections in your blog in addition to your first post on entering the course. Sharing the link to your blog in our ONL community and/or the ONL bloglist will give more people a chance to read and comment! Please also share your PBL group work from Topic 1 in the ONL community. Support each other by commenting on each other’s posts in the community and/or directly in the blogs!

This second topic is about Digital Literacies – we hope for fruitful discussions about this and how it links to our personal and professional practices. To start with, please look at the Topic 2 page where you will find information about aims, activities and resources for the topic. As an early introduction to the topic, we started with a webinar with Sara Mörtsell already on Monday October 5th – don’t miss the opportunity to view the recorded webinar and to discuss with Sara in the ONL community during this topic.

If you learn within a facilitated PBL group, please remember to access your PBL group space in Google+ regularly and participate in the group activities. If you are having difficulties with actively participating during the week, let the group members and the facilitator know as soon as possible.

In our timeline we have reached Topic 2  – Digital literacy

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DEADLINES FOR PBL- GROUP WORK

DEADLINES FOR BLOGS

We have now reached topic 2 in our timeline. If you are aiming for a certificate (check participation modes and requirements) you should by now have written your first reflective post about entering the ONL course and maybe some additional reflections on your experiences.
If you are part of a PBL group you should have been active in discussions on how to form as a group and participated in some of the collaborative work.

See you all online.

The ONL team

 

The ONL151 community is now open to join!

Dear colleagues,

Just 6 days to go before the formal start of the ONL151 course, starting April 14th!!

The common ONL community in Google+ has now opened and you are welcome to join. Registration for open learners is still open! Please find more information at the registration page and consider joining us!

The course site is still being updated, but for an overview of the course please see ONL151 overview and schedule. There you will find dates for each of the topics and times for scheduled webinars and activities (please see times for first week activities). Additional course information about the ONL learning environment, tools, topics and activites/tasks will be added prior to the start of the course.

You are welcome to subscribe to this ONL site to keep up-to-date (se the left right margin, enter your email address and click Follow).

Looking forward to seeing you online,

Kind regards,
the ONL team

Registration for Open Networked Learning is open!

Dear colleagues,

As previously announced the course Open Networked Learning (ONL151) will start on April 14th 2015 and the registration for open learners is now open! Please find more information at the registration page and consider joining us!

For an overview of the course, please see ONL151 overview and schedule. There you will find times and dates for each of the topics and scheduled webinars and activities. Some additional webinars with invited guests and other synchronous activities will be added to the schedule in due course. Additional course information about the ONL learning environment, tools and topics will be added prior to the start of the course.

Google+ communities will be used as the base for communication and collaboration. Joining the ONL community in G+ will serve as a confirmation of your participation in the course. The community will be opened up during the week prior to the start of the course.

You are welcome to subscribe to this ONL site to keep up-to-date (se the left right margin, enter your email address and click Follow). All material from the autumn course is available under the tab ONL141.

Kind regards,
the ONL team

Welcome to the concluding week of the ONL course

Dear colleagues,

We have now entered the last week of the Open Networked Learning course. During this concluding week, peers and facilitators will share and reflect on learning experiences from ONL as well as look ahead what this might mean for our present and future practices. What effect has the learning experiences from this course had on your development of personal learning networks and environments as well as your own professional practice? What were the benefits and what were the challenges? What are the next steps?

Please view the tab Concluding week – future perspectives for suggested activites; both individual, PBL groups and collective for us all in the ONL community.
We hope that many of you will be able to participate in the final webinar on Wednesday 10 December 19.00-20.30 (CET). The intention with the webinar is to give all learners and facilitators the opportunity to reflect on and share experiences and to discuss various aspects of the ONL course.

 

Kind regards the ONL team

Welcome to topic 5 – Open Educational Practices

Dear friends,

We hope you are all well and have used topic 4 to learn more about flexible learning and pedagogies but also to identify opportunities and challenges for your students and your practice.

It is really lovely that there is so much activity in the ONL community and to see how you capture your learning in your blogs. Groups are also making good progress and it is fantastic to see what the groups are sharing! We want to encourage you all to share in the ONL community, also your experiences and critical reflections from participating in the ONL course so far.

In topic 5 we will discuss open educational practices and you will have the opportunity to reflect on and perhaps identify opportunities to open up your courses. Share your thoughts about and experiences of Open Educational Practices and also take part of the debate around MOOCs (see suggested resources) and raise questions for discussion in the ONL community. We will also arrange a webinar on Friday 28 November 11.30-12.30 (CET) when we can discuss MOOCs based on experiences from the MOOC project at Lund University.

If you have no experience of a MOOC you may want to enroll in one, just to have a look. You can find free courses online at any of the platforms like edX, Coursera or FutureLearn! Browse among the different courses, make sure you sign up for one that has started (in order to see the activity). You can sign up for as many as you want, and you are not obliged to fulfill the courses, many people sign up and choose to take parts of MOOCs that is of interest to them.

Let’s continue the conversation in our ONL community!

See you all online.

The ONL team

Welcome to Topic 4 – Flexible and mobile learning

Last week was all about collaboration and communities and we were happy to see so much discussion and activity in the main forum as well as in the groups! Collaboration can be visualized in many forms, padlets for one. Many of you were able to attend the webinar with Steve Wheeler on Tuesday evening, we hope you found it interesting and enjoyed it! Those of you who couldn’t attend have the option to watch the recording and download the presentation on the Overview and Schedule page. We were also able to get a short introduction to Twitter through Alastair’s short video, and if you have missed that it may be a good idea to watch now (see tutorials on the Tools for ONL page).

Today, another interesting topic of the ONL course starts: Flexible and mobile learning (see topic 4). This will give you ample opportunity to reflect on what flexible and mobile means to you and consider the pros and cons of flexibility and mobility in the context of learning and teaching. This week there are again two scenarios to choose between, one with focus on mobile learning and the other one problematising the interplay between collaborative and flexible learning.

For this week’s webinar, we have invited Jonas Månsson to give a presentation about Creative and innovative digital pedagogical learning and teaching methods. This will take place tomorrow, Wednesday May 13th, at 3-4 pm (15:00-16:00) CET (go to event page from Overview and schedule page).

See you all online.

The ONL team