Second week of topic 3

Hope you enjoyed the events of last week – the webinar on Thursday and the tweetchat on Friday, both lead by Alec Couros! If, for some reason, you missed the webinar, it was recorded and is available here. Some of the questions discussed in the tweetchat were: “What are risks & benefits of participating in online learning networks re: being critical consumers of info (e.g. fake news)?” and “What are some strategies for building and maintaining an online learning network?”. Really inspiring discussion and such good fun! If you missed it, have a look at the discussion here.

Wish you all a terrific week!

The course team

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Welcome to topic 3: Learning in communities – networked & collaborative learning

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

Is 1+1=2 or is there more to it? The coming two weeks will be all about learning in communities, networking and collaboration. Most of us have experiences from group work, that for some reason hasn’t worked all that well. It may have turned out as cooperative rather than collaborative or there may have been social loafing involved. So – 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? Is there a recipe for making collaborative work a fruitful experience?

We have some treats in store for this week, a webinar with Alec Couros on Thursday, followed up with a tweetchat the day after. And for inspiration, may we suggest a peek at blog posts from former ONL participant, co-facilitator and current collaborator Kay Oddone; about network literacy, and about Twitter?

Wish you all a great week!

The course team

Second week of topic 1 – finding one’s feet

So, we’re 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 Sara will pop in to the main G+ community and respond to your questions now and then this week!

For this week, we have a tweetchat, already tomorrow, Tuesday 10 October, at 8-9pm (CEST). Tune in to Twitter, enter the course hashtag #ONL172 and take part in the discussion! Learn more about how on the event page!

The page for topic 1 is really looong and we’ve heard some of you had trouble finding the suggested resources. They are found in the yellow box at the very bottom of the page – a lot of scrolling will take you there!

Now – wish you all a brilliant week!

The course team

 

At last – proper course start: topic 1!

Dear colleagues,
We’ve seen a great start of ONL172 with lots of activity in the common ONL172 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 people at the introductory webinar! We looked at your expectations and concerns with interest, and we hope that the course will meet most of the expectations. As for the concerns, it is very helpful to be aware of them, and we will try to address them too. If you missed the introductory webinar and would like to see it, please have a look at the recording.

We are now starting the second week of the course which means that the first topic begins! The PBL groups will start working 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, during this topic. 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 Thursday 5 October at 9am CEST!!

Have a great week!
The course team

Welcome to concluding week: ONL – future perspectives

OK, so ten weeks later, how are things? If you take a short moment to think, at how you felt at the start of ONL171 around mid-February, and how you feel now, about the digital stuff that’s available out there, about your own capability? We hope you have found what you were looking for when you signed up for this course and that you will carry with you some of  what you have accomplished 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!

The previous two weeks were all about the design process for online and blended learning and we’ve been thinking and discussing a lot about important choices we make when preparing a course.

This week, the concluding week, the idea is that we try to put it all together – from digital literacies, openness and sharing, networking and collaborating in communities to this design business – and reflect on what really happened in the course and what will happen now. 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.

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

Second week of topic 3 & Open Education Week!

Hope you enjoyed the events of last week – the webinar on Wednesday and the tweetchat on Thursday, both lead by Alec Couros! Some of the questions discussed in the tweetchat were: “What are some strategies for building and maintaining an online learning network?”,  “What are risks & benefits of participating in online learning networks re: being critical consumers of info (e.g. fake news)?” and “Outside of education, what are great examples of inspiring network collaborations that you have encountered?”. Really inspiring discussion and such good fun! If you missed it, have a look at the discussion here.

This week is Open Education Week, an event organized by The Open Education Consortium, presented like this: “Open Education Week’s goal is to raise awareness about free and open educational opportunities that exist for everyone, everywhere, right now.  We want to highlight how open education can help people meet their goals in education, whether that’s to develop skills and knowledge for work, supporting formal studies, learning something new for personal interest, or looking for additional teaching resources.” Have a look at some of the events planned for the week here and why not join something that you find interesting?

Wish you all a terrific week!

The course team

Welcome to topic 3: Learning in communities – networked & collaborative learning

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

Is 1+1=2 or is there more to it? The coming two weeks will be all about learning in communities, networking and collaboration. Most of us have experiences from group work, that for some reason hasn’t worked all that well. It may have turned out as cooperative rather than collaborative or there may have been social loafing involved. So – 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? Is there a recipe for making collaborative work a fruitful experience?

We have some treats in store for this week, a webinar with Alec Couros on Wednesday, followed up with a tweetchat the day after. And for inspiration, may we suggest a peek at blog posts from former ONL participant and current co-facilitator, Kay Oddone; about network literacy, and about Twitter?

Wish you all a great week!

The course team

Counting down – ONL171 starts 13 February!

Just two weeks to go until this term’s issue of Open Networked Learning, ONL171, leaves the stocks! There is still room for a few more open learners – register here! If you are affiliated with one of the organising institutions please check with the organisers at your institution (look here: Karolinska Institutet, Lund University, Linnaeus University, The Independent Institute of Education)

We look forward to meeting you real soon!

Recovering lost time – no wait, lost?

Dear ONLers,

We hope this final post finds you all well! Before moving into holiday season mode, we want to thank you for fantastic engagement in the course, for generous sharing and for laughs and kindness along the way! It’s been ten intense weeks and we know that for most participants, this course is simply added on top of other ‘to-dos’ – so well done all and hope you have time ahead to recover your breath.

Don’t forget to update the Activity tracker (if you haven’t already) and to compile the resources you want to keep (using one or another digital tool ;o)).

A new iteration of the course, ONL171, will launch in February (see here). Tell your friends and colleagues!

With just eight days to go before the winter solstice on the northern hemisphere, Swedes in general like to light candles and curl up in a sofa, while on the southern hemisphere, summer solstice is coming up and with current temperatures around 20°C in Cape Town and day temperatures in Brisbane around 30°C, preferences probably differ greatly ;o). Anyway – wish you all the very best!!!

The course team

Welcome to concluding week: ONL – future perspectives

We hope you have found what you were searching for when you signed up for this course and that you will carry with you some of  what you have accomplished into your future work. We also sincerely hope that you have had good fun on the way!

The previous two weeks were all about the design process for online and blended learning and we’ve been thinking and discussing a lot about important choices we make when preparing a course.

This week, the concluding week, the idea is that we try to put it all together – from digital literacies, openness and sharing, networking and collaborating in communities to this design business – and reflect on what really happened in the course and what will happen now. Will we 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.

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