ONL181 starts in September

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Open Networked Learning is taking a break for the first half of 2018 but we will be back with ONL181, starting 17 September. We are busy making some changes to the course in response to participant feedback and we hope the new version will be even better than before. If you are interested in joining the course please check the instructions, Join next ONL.

We look forward to meeting you all in September!


ONL172 has come to an end, but the adventure continues


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We hope you have enjoyed the ONL experience and have discovered new ideas, methods and tools that you can use in your own teaching and learning. We also hope you have expanded your professional network and that some of you will continue to collaborate in the future. The aim of ONL is to introduce you to the world of open networked learning but the real work starts afterwards as you begin to explore the themes and concepts in more detail.

Many of you are still busy finishing your final blog posts. When you’re finished please remember to complete the Activity Tracker. Once we see that you have completed the course we will review your work and you will receive course certificates over the coming weeks. Those who belong to one of the participating institutions will get a certificate from your institution whilst open learners will get an open learner certificate.

ONL will take a break for the first time since we started back in 2014 and there will be no course in the first half of 2018. Instead we will return in September 2018 with ONL181. Very soon we will add a page with more information about ONL181.

Good luck and please keep in touch!

Topic 5 – Lessons learnt and future practice

Our journey is coming to an end as we enter the final week of ONL172 (see the full description of topic 5). However you can also see this as the end of the beginning and the start of a longer journey as you find new opportunities to widen the scope of your teaching and learning. We hope you have found what you were looking for when you signed up for this course and that you will take this with you 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!

This week, the concluding week, the idea is that we try to put it all together – digital literacies, openness, sharing, networking, collaboration, course design – and reflect on what really happened in the course and how you will apply these insights into your own practice. 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 (1 December).

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

Topic 4 – second week

Dear friends,

We are now entering the second week of topic 4 and we can see that you keep up good work in the PBL groups as well as sharing of interesting blog posts!

During last week we had a webinar with Martha Cleveland-Innes, the recording and material from the webinar can be found on the event page.

For this week, the common course activity is the tweetchat Wednesday 22 November 10.00-11.00 (CET)! See the event page. If you have not yet started with Twitter or joined a tweechat, we encourage you to take this opportunity to try it out!

We hope you will have a good week! The final topic “Lessons learnt – future practice” starts on 27th November.

The ONL team

Welcome to topic 4 – Design for online and blended learning

We hope that you all at this point of time in the course feel quite well-settled with the ONL learning environment and that you have found a good structure for your studies and PBL group work. It seems that the previous topic on Learning in communities was inspiring and engaged you in good discussions and reflection on collaborative and networked learning. Fantastic presentations from the PBL groups are being shared in the ONL172 community, don´t miss to take part of what the other groups have created.

Today is the start of the fourth topic, Design for online and blended learning. This topic is for discussing and reflecting around what constitutes good support and well-designed learning environments. You will be able to explore a couple of frameworks/models for learning design that you maybe can apply in your PBL group inquiry into one of the two provided scenarios and also in your own practice.

On Wednesday 15 November there is a webinar with Martha Cleveland-Innes who will elaborate on the importance of design for online and blended learning and discuss the framework Community of Inquiry. (see event). During the second week of the topic there will be a new opportunity to join a tweetchat (see event)

At this point, we would also like to encourage you all to read some participants’ blogs that you haven’t looked at before, and also to comment on them!

We wish you all a great week!
The ONL team

Second week of topic 3

Hope you enjoyed the events of last week – the webinar on Thursday and the tweetchat on Friday, both lead by Alec Couros! If, for some reason, you missed the webinar, it was recorded and is available here. Some of the questions discussed in the tweetchat were: “What are risks & benefits of participating in online learning networks re: being critical consumers of info (e.g. fake news)?” and “What are some strategies for building and maintaining an online learning network?”. Really inspiring discussion and such good fun! If you missed it, have a look at the discussion here.

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 Thursday, followed up with a tweetchat the day after. And for inspiration, may we suggest a peek at blog posts from former ONL participant, co-facilitator and current collaborator Kay Oddone; about network literacy, and about Twitter?

Wish you all a great week!

The course team

Topic 2 week 2

We hope you are enjoying exploring the world of open education. It’s a fascinating world and far from simple, as we are sure you have already discovered.

This week you are invited to take part in another ONL tweetchat. Kay Oddone and Alastair Creelman will be hosting this on Wednesday, 25 October at 12.00 CEST and we’ll be chatting about open education and following up on some of the themes discussed in last week’s webinar as well as the fantastic discussion on the Topic 2 Padlet page. We will collect all the material from this topic on that Padlet page so you’ll find all the resources there. Please continue to contribute to the discussion there!

We would also like to remind you of the activity tracker and to start planning your topic 2 blog posts.

Enjoy the week!

Topic 2: Open learning – Sharing and openness

Just when you’re polishing off Topic 1 along comes Topic 2, starting on Monday 16 October!

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 courses for free as Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC).

This topic starts by asking you to watch an introduction film by Kay Oddone and Alastair Creelman and then add your comments and questions on a common workspace called Padlet. Go to the full topic description page for all instructions and links.

Have you started your learning blog yet? If you haven’t please look at our guide and get started as soon as you can. 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.

Second week of topic 1 – finding one’s feet

So, we’re into the second week of topic 1 and you are probably beginning to find your feet. Sara Mörtsell’s webinar last week was attended by many and, as always, greatly appreciated – don’t forget that Sara will pop in to the main G+ community and respond to your questions now and then this week!

For this week, we have a tweetchat, already tomorrow, Tuesday 10 October, at 8-9pm (CEST). Tune in to Twitter, enter the course hashtag #ONL172 and take part in the discussion! Learn more about how on the event page!

The page for topic 1 is really looong and we’ve heard some of you had trouble finding the suggested resources. They are found in the yellow box at the very bottom of the page – a lot of scrolling will take you there!

Now – wish you all a brilliant week!

The course team