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

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 Tweetchat – and for next week, a webinar with Martha Cleveland-Innes. 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

Open Networked Learning ONL162 starts 26 September

The second ONL course of the year starts 26 September and you are welcome to register either as a member of the host institutions (see below) or as an open learner.

This course is aimed at teachers, learning technologists, educational developers and course designers in higher education. It presents opportunities to explore a multitude of aspects of open networked learning with colleagues from around the world in a multidisciplinary and cross cultural context.

During the course you will work with the following:

  • How to create collaborative and flexible learning environments online
  • Test problem-based learning in open online platforms
  • Develop your professional learning network
  • Test a range of digital tools and methods in a pedagogical context
  • Learn about the latest research and new trends in the field

ONL is offered by the following institutions: Karolinska Institute, Lund University, Linnaeus University, the Royal Institute of Technology (all Sweden) and Independent Institute of Education (South Africa). Participants from other institutions are welcome to sign up as open learners.

More information and registration

 

Summer’s up!

Dear friends,

For Scandinavians, summer is very special due to the very uneven distribution of daylight and temperature during the four seasons. This time of year, the northernmost parts of Sweden, Norway and Finland have midnight sun – and during winter there will be a period when the sun never manages to rise above the horizon! With a bit more than two weeks to go before summer solstice, Denmark and the southernmost part of Sweden have long days (in Lund today the sun rose at 4:25 am and will set at 9:48 pm) whereas in the winter the days are but a few hours long. We’ve had a few days of summer here with temperatures above 25°C (and all of us now wonder if that was the summer this year).

The course team would like to thank you all for the energy you have put into the course during these months, for the generosity in sharing, the jokes, the laughs and the kindness displayed! We know this course has been basically another set of ‘to-dos’ on everyone’s list – so it’s about time you all get a breather after a job well done – if you take a minute or two to consider where you were regarding the level of digital literacy when the course started in February, and where you are today, you will undoubtedly see that you have made considerable progress!

A new iteration of the course, ONL162, will launch in September (see here). Tell your friends and colleagues (or go to this page and sign up at once)!

Wish you all a really great summer!

The course team

Final week of topic 1

Dear all,

The first, confusing weeks of the course safely behind us, we hope you are starting to feel at home in this new environment! Certainly blogging seems to be off to an unusually good start – with commenting and discussions as an enjoyable spin-off.

By now most participants in PBL groups have been in their first meetings – hope all that has worked out well and you feel fortified! Presentations of the groups have not yet started popping up on the main G+ community – hoping to see them the next few days.

This is the week for proper work on the scenario for topic 1. We hope you are eager to dig in and get your hands dirty!

In our timeline we have reached the third week of Topic 1
Please see the timeline below

DEADLINES FOR INDIVIDUAL LEARNING BLOG 

DEADLINES FOR PBL  GROUP WORK

If you are aiming for a certificate (check participate modes and requirements) you should have written your first blog post by the end of this topic. If you are part of a PBL-group you should for this topic be active in discussions and participate in the collaborative work.

Wish you all a great week!
The course team