Topic 2 week 2

We hope you are enjoying your investigation of openness in education. It is a complex topic and could easily fill a whole course. If you want to dig a bit deeper into the issues involved here we can recommend that you read Martin Weller’s book The battle for open. The book is free to read online and gives a balanced analysis of the many faces of “open”. If you don’t have time to read it just now you can always bookmark it and return later.

If you missed last week’s webinar with Teresa MacKinnon you can watch the recording. This week we will discuss aspects of openness in a tweetchat (a chat session on Twitter), Wednesday 15 March, 19.00 – 20.00 (Swedish time, CET). If you haven’t tried a tweetchat before there are films to show you what to do on the event page.

Keep the blog posts coming and remember that if you want to see the latest posts from the community have a look at the blog roll.


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.

Most of you have now started writing your blogs and there have been some very impressive efforts so far. One way of keeping track of the latest posts is by checking our ONL171 Blog Roll regularly. Here you’ll see the latest posts from all members of ONL171, just scroll down to see more. Dip in now and again and comment on posts you find interesting! If you can’t find your latest post here, contact your facilitator.

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.

Great start of ONL171 and now time to investigate the first scenario as Topic 1 begins!

Dear colleagues,
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)!

Best wishes,
The course team

ONL171 starts today!

Dear colleagues,

Finally we have set off for the exciting learning journey of ONL171 and there is already lots of activity in the G+ community and on twitter!
There are almost 80 registered participants (in 10 PBL groups) and there are even more members in the course common ONL171G+ community where all facilitators and some other people (e.g. previous participants) have joined…

The start up week “Getting started and connecting” begins today; please take part of the information, e.g. about the introductory webinar tomorrow February 14th, on the course site!

Today the PBL groups will open up; those of you who have registered to be in a PBL group (the open learners who chose this way to participate as well as all institutional learners) will receive an e-mail today with information about which group you are assigned to; please join as soon as possible!

Kind regards,
The course team

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