Week 2: Connecting

24 – 30 September

During this week the focus is to connect with peers and facilitators and to form groups.

You will be encouraged to share expectations, background knowledge, experience and practice and begin to build relationships.

Activities for all learners

Learning blog – reflection
The course reflections are an important part of your learning process, and were introduced last week.

  • If you have not done it yet, set up your own blog to be used for your reflections during the course.
  • Add your blog address to the contact sheet of your PBL group (and for your institutional course if applicable to you).

Activities in PBL groups

During this second week of the course the PBL groups will begin to form and plan for the collaborative work. It is essential that you are present and active in this important first phase of forming and starting up your group work.
On Monday 24th September registered participants will be invited via e-mail to join a PBL group in Google+.

  • Please join the PBL group you have been assigned to as soon as possible. Introduce yourself to start connecting!
  • As a starter for introduction and discussion in the PBL group you may briefly address things like:
    – who you are as an individual in the digital age and your journey so far
    – your expectations, hopes, fears
    – what ONL might mean for your development.
    Comment on the posts of your peers!
  • A facilitator and a co-facilitator in each group will guide and support you and take the lead for the start-up e.g. invite to the first online synchronous meeting(s). The first meeting(s) is about getting to know each other and to discuss how you are going to work together (“setting ground rules”).
  • Each group will have access to a Google drive folder for collaborative work. Here you will find some guides and templates to start up your work. Please fill in your contact details in the spreadsheet provided here.
  • Get together to create a presentation of your group to the wider ONL community (in any format/tool the group prefers)!
  • Post your presentation in the ONL181 community category “Week 2: Connecting” at the end of the first week.

Read about, discuss and familiarize yourself with the ONL design and ONL learning activities including using the FISh model for collaborative inquiry.


AIMS


By the end of this week, you will have had the opportunity to:

– connect with other participants and your facilitators

– learn about and discuss problem-based, open and collaborative learning in the context of ONL

 


COURSE SYNCHRONOUS ACTIVITY


webinarIntroduction webinar – see event 

For those of you who couldn’t join, the webinar was recorded. Link here!

 


Check-list

  • Check that you have done everything described in the “getting started week”
  • Join your assigned PBL group G+ community
  • Introduce yourself in your PBL group
  • Attend the meeting(s) in your group
  • Contribute to the presentation of your group
Readings and other resources

Articles
We recommend two articles, please consider them optional and see our comments below.

For further readings on PBL see ONL pedagogical design


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