Halfway through the course, we hope you have enjoyed it so far and learnt a lot!
Topic 3 begins today! Please note that Europe changed time this weekend (because of day-light-saving) and now it is CET (Central European Time) and no longer CEST (Central European Summer Time). A challenge for a course like ONL with synchronous events with people from all over the world 😉
Is 1+1=2 or is there more to it? The coming two weeks will be all about learning in communities, networking and collaboration. Many of of us probably have experiences from group work, that for some reason hasn’t worked all that well (for instance it may have turned out as cooperative rather than collaborative?) 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?
In this topic we offer the following common course events:
Kind regards the course team
Finally we have set off for the exciting learning journey of ONL181 and there is already lots of activity in the ONL181 G+ community and on twitter!
There are 120 registered participants who will study in 15 mixed PBL groups! In the course common ONL181 G+ community there are also all facilitators and some other people (e.g. previous participants) who have joined!
Last week (the first week of the course: “Getting started”) was an opportunity to learn how to navigate the learning spaces and create your learning blog and now as we enter the second week “Connecting” focus will be on PBL groups and getting together.
Today the PBL groups will open up and all registered participants will receive an e-mail with information about which group you are assigned to; please join as soon as possible!
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The course team
Finally we have set off for the exciting learning journey of ONL172 and there is already lots of activity in the ONL172 G+ community and on twitter!
There are almost 120 registered participants who will study in PBL groups as well as other participants who will follow the course. In the course common ONL172 G+ community there are also all facilitators and some other people (e.g. previous participants) who have joined!
The first week “Getting started and connecting” begins today; please take part of the information, e.g. about the introductory webinar tomorrow September 26th, on the course site!
Today the PBL groups will open up; those of you who will study in a PBL group will receive an e-mail today with information about which group you are assigned to; please join as soon as possible!
The course team
great start of ONL171; lots of activity in the common ONL171 community, in the PBL groups and in the blogs!
We hope that you are getting familiarized with the learning environment and connecting with peers and facilitators. We know that the start up might feel a bit confusing, but hopefully it is becoming more clear as the course proceeds…
It was great to see so many people at the introductory webinar! It was with interest that we looked at your expectations and concerns, and we hope to meet most of the expectations and as for the concerns it is very helpful to be aware of them and also that we could sort out some things at the webinar. 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 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 to see many of you on Tuesday February 21st at 15:00-16:00 (CET)!
The course team
In this final week of topic 1 “Connecting – online participation and digital literacies” we have already seen some very interesting reflections in the participants’ blogs!
The start of the ONL course seem to have been somewhat confusing (which might not be at all bad) and at the same time enjoyable with connecting to lots of other learners across the world and across context, sharing the same interest for learning and how to develop ourselves as e.g. teachers or educational developers… If you have not had time yet to take part of some blog posts from the other participants, please do and we think you will find it fascinating!
In case you missed the webinar with Sara Mörtsell it was recorded, it was indeed an interesting discussion and seems to have inspired the investigations in the PBL groups.
Towards the end of this week all groups will share their results of investigation of the first scenario, we look forward to that!
Kind regards the ONL team
Finally we have set off for the exciting learning journey of ONL162 and there is already lots of activity in the G+ communities and on twitter! There are almost 80 registered participants (in 11 PBL groups) and there are even more members in the course common ONL162 G+ community where all facilitators and some other people (e.g. previous participants) have joined…
Topic 1 started today; please take part of the information, e.g. about the introductory webinar on Wednesday 28th September, on the course site!
Information and activities for the second and third week of topic 1 will be published at the end of the week.
Today the PBL groups have opened up; those of you who have registered to be in a PBL group (the open learners who chose this way to participate plus all institutional learners) have received an e-mail today with information about which group you are assigned to; please join as soon as possible!
The course team
We are excited to welcome you to next iteration of the ONL course!
Next Monday, September 26th the course will officially start, please find an overview here.
The spaces where most of the activity will take place are the different Google+ communities; the main ONL162 community for all learners opens today for you to join and we hope that you take the opportunity to join prior to the course start (you will need to create a google account if you do not already have one).
PBL group communities will open on 26th September (if you will study within a PBL group you will be informed which group you are assigned to and how to join it).
As you can see in the overview, on Wednesday 28th September 10:00-11:00 (CEST) there will be an introductory webinar in Adobe Connect. In this session we will introduce the course and it is an opportunity for all participants to start connecting!
It is still possible to register for the course as an open learner and you are welcome to tell colleagues who might be interested.
The organizing institutions for this iteration are Karolinska Institutet, Lund University, Linnaeus University, KTH Royal Institute of Technology (all Sweden) and Independent Institute of Education (South Africa) and open learners from different parts of the world have registered so it will be a truly international learning experience…
Look forward to see you online!
The ONL team
In our timeline we have reached topic 4 – Flexible and mobile learning – please see the timeline below. Please notice that Topic 4 will last for two weeks because of Easter.
This topic will start with a webinar already today Monday 21st March at 10 am (CET) with Dr Martha Cleveland Innes, Professor and Chair of Centre for Distance Education at Athabasca University!
It is very interesting to take part of your blog posts, please remember to visit the ONL161 blog padlet and add your blog if you would like to have more readers, and you can find blogs from your peers…
DEADLINES FOR INDIVIDUAL LEARNING BLOG
DEADLINES FOR PBL GROUP WORK
If you are aiming for a certificate you should, in addition to be active in your PBL group, by now have published at least one topic-related blog post (as the requirements include to write topic-related blog posts to at least 4 out of the 6 topics). Read more about participation here.
We wish you all a happy Easter!
Kind regards the ONL team
We are excited to welcome you to the ONL course!
The first topic is connecting and networking and it will give us all the opportunity to connect with and get to know each other and familiarize with the learning environment and tools used.
Please have a look around this ONL homepage where you will find information about the first topic, course design, the learning environment and tools.
The spaces where most of the activity will take place are the different Google+ communities; the main ONL152 community and the PBL group communities in G+, where we will discuss and share ideas. You will need a Google+ account to participate there (see Tools tab for guidance).
Already the first day of the course (September 22nd) there will be an orientation webinar arranged in Adobe Connect. For more information please see the event page.
We are looking forward to seeing you online!
Please see the timeline below
DEADLINES FOR PBL- GROUP WORK
DEADLINES FOR BLOGS
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.
Best wishes the ONL team