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!

ONL171 starts 13 February

The next iteration of Open Networked Learning, ONL171, starts very soon, 13 February. There is still time for open learners to register (register as an open learner). If you work at one of the organising institutions please check your institution’s own registration form: Karolinska Institute, Lund University, Linnaeus University and Independent Institute of Education.

We look forward to meeting you in February!

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 4: Design for online and blended learning!

For this topic we turn our point-of-view from participating in a learning environment into the processes of designing for learning. Learning design is a process that involves analyzing the learner, defining learning outcomes, creating learning activities, determining appropriate assessment methods, testing/implementing the design, and evaluating it.

This topic’s premium feature is a scenario where you are expected to, in collaboration with your group members, develop a design for an educational issue. The events for this are a Tweetchat about critical features for learning design and a webinar where each group share their outcome of the scenario.

We would also like to remind you about the Learning blogs, which is an important feature of this course and a mandatory course component for the institutional learnings. More about the Learning blogs here.

Link to topic: Topic 4. Design for online and blended learning

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 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 learning – week 2

photo-1454942901704-3c44c11b2ad1-1Now we start the second week of Topic 2 on opening up education. We hope you are enjoying investigating this fascinating and rapidly developing field and have found time to sample the recommended reading and viewing as a stimulus to your group work.

If you haven’t already done so have a look at the Padlet wall about open education that many of you contributed to last week. It is full of interesting ideas, opinions, links and even discussions and you are welcome to add to the collection – just scroll and find an open space to click on and write your ideas!

We’re looking forward to seeing the results of your work next week in the main community. Don’t forget to check the blog roll regularly to see what your colleagues are writing about and please comment on some of them. It’s always nice to connect!

Photo: CC0 Public domain by Joshua Earle on Unsplash

Topic 2: Open learning – sharing and openness

We hope you are now getting familiar with the course set-up and have enjoyed working in your PBL groups on the first topic.

Now we move on to a central element in this course; the topic of openness. Education has mostly been run in relatively closed environments like classrooms, lecture halls and learning management systems. Today however education is opening up. Teachers are sharing their resources, institutions are making their course material publicly available and even offering them for free.

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

  • discuss open resources, open/closed tools and open participation courses
  • reflect on different aspects of openness in your own context
  • review in groups open features of the chosen activity/resource
  • inquire into open educational practices related to a specific scenario

We would also like to remind you to keep up to date with your own reflective blog posts and update your progress in the activity tracker.

Read the full description of Topic 2.

Developing digital literacy – last week of topic 1

Dear colleagues,

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

Second week of ONL162 – great start with lots of activities and now time to dig into the first scenario!

Dear friends,

We are now starting the second week of the course and we have exceeded 100 members the ONL community, we have never been so many before. It has been fantastic to see all activity during the first week with introductions and commenting and further that blogging seems to be off to an unusually good start. Hopefully you have started to find your way around the learning environment and made connections with peers and facilitators. We know that first weeks can feel a bit “chaotic”!

We now  have 11 PBL groups with 7-8 members in each that have started to form. Most groups have had their first meeting, although some have encountered problems with Adobe meetings. We hope to provide an alternative option for groups to choose during the week.

This week the PBL groups will start working with a scenario, please find information about the second part of topic 1 (second and third weeks, officially starting today) on the ONL site under Course activities.

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 many of you can join on Wednesday 5th October 2 pm CEST!

Kind regards,

The course team