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

Time to part company, or…?

Dear all ONLers,

The course team would like to thank you all for these past few months’ toil and moil within the perimeter of the course – and for all 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 on September 22nd, and where you are today , you will undoubtedly see that you have made considerable progress.

Don’t forget to fill out the Request for ONL certificate and to compile the resources you want to keep (using one or another digital tool ;o)).

We are planning to set up an alumni community for ONLers – we’ll let you know when and where to join! Meanwhile, keep in touch through the different communities.

A new iteration of the course, ONL161, will launch in February (see here). Tell your friends and colleagues (or go to this page and sign them up for notification)!

So – another 18 days until the winter solstice, then holidays – wish you all the very best!!!

The course team

Important information

Dear friends,

Hope this message finds you all well! We just need to inform you that unfortunately, we have been forced to move the date for the Final webinar to November 23rd, at 13.00 CET. We really hope that you will be able to join despite this late change!!

Also, we hope that you are having a good time and will enjoy these last weeks in the course!

Wish you all a lovely weekend!

The Course team

Autumn break!

Dear friends,

A small reminder that topic 5 starts November 4th – which means that this topic runs over two weeks and gives us all some extra time to catch up – get a breather – and perhaps read some more.

We wish you all a lovely autumn weekend!

The ONL course team

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DEADLINES FOR PBL- GROUP WORK

DEADLINES FOR BLOGS

 

Welcome to Topic 3 – Collaborative learning & communities

Dear friends,

We hope you are all well and that you are coming to terms with this new learning environment and feeling more and more comfortable!  Topic 2 on Digital Literacy – or as we have seen, it is rather Literacies – seems to have given you ample opportunity to reflect on and identify how these relate to your current personal and professional practice. The PBL groups are active and seeing the resulting shared findings from the group work towards the end of each topic/week is rewarding. Your reflections in the main ONL community and in your blogs on ‘Digital me’ are really interesting – do take some time to read each other’s blog posts and be active in commenting on individual blogs and the shared findings from the PBL groups!

In this week’s topic, starting today, we will discuss Collaborative learning & communities. We think you will find this topic very valuable as this is at the very heart of the ideas behind ONL. Please see Topic 3 for more information!

Tonight, October 14th, at 8-9 pm (20:00-21:00) CEST, there will be a Tweet chat about this week’s topic, led by Alastair Creelman. We have noticed that several of you have started using Twitter and we encourage you all to learn more about and try out Twitter as one of the tools in building Personal Learning Networks. To learn more about Twitter, watch this video “What is Twitter?”  and if you are new to Tweet chats, watch this “How to take part in a Twitter chat” – both by Alastair Creelman.

In our timeline we have reached Topic 3:  Collaborative learning and communities

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DEADLINES FOR PBL- GROUP WORK

DEADLINES FOR BLOGS

We have now reached topic 3 in our timeline. If you are aiming for a certificate (check participation modes and requirements) you should by now have written two reflective posts, and if you are part of a PBL group you should have been active in discussions and participated in some of the collaborative work.

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

We wish you all another exciting week and see you online!

The ONL team

Summer weather and autumn forecast

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! Denmark and the southernmost part of Sweden have long days (in Lund today the sun rose at 4:29 am and will set at 9:53 pm) whereas in the winter the days are but a few hours long. These last few days, the temperature finally seems to have changed into summer mode (today max 28° and lowest night temperature estimated to 16°).

The ONL course and the course team are resting comfortably in hammocks or elsewhere and hope you are too! We will be back this autumn with another iteration of the ONL course, ONL152, starting September 22nd. Registration will open in the middle of August. Also check the ONL152 tab in the menu bar!

Wish you all a great summer!

The course team