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


At last – proper course start: topic 1!

Dear colleagues,
We’ve seen a great start of ONL172 with lots of activity in the common ONL172 community, in the PBL groups and in the blogs!

We know that the first weeks of the course feel slightly overwhelming to most participants – but don’t worry, it will get a lot clearer once you start finding your way around the different sites and communities! And don’t hesitate to ask for help ;o)

It was great to see so many people at the introductory webinar! We looked at your expectations and concerns with interest, and we hope that the course will meet most of the expectations. As for the concerns, it is very helpful to be aware of them, and we will try to address them too. 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 offer a webinar with Sara Mörtsell, program leader of the Wikipedia Education program in Sweden and Education Manager at Wikimedia Sweden, during this topic. We will hear about and discuss e.g. what it means to be digitally literate and what skills we need to develop for that… Hope to see many of you on Thursday 5 October at 9am CEST!!

Have a great week!
The course team

ONL172 starts today!

Dear colleagues,
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!

Kind regards,
The course team

ONL172 starts 25 September

The next iteration of Open Networked Learning, ONL172, starts very soon, 25 September, and will continue till 1 December. Please check the course overview for the general outline. You are also welcome to follow our hashtag #ONL172 on Twitter for updates..

See course overview.
Registration details.

If you work at one of the organising institutions you can register for the course already via the following links: Karolinska Institute, Lund University, Linnaeus University, Stockholm University,  Luleå University of Technology, Arcada University of Applied Sciences (Helsinki) and Independent Institute of Education (South Africa).

If you do not belong to these institutions you are welcome to join the course as an open learner (registration form).

We look forward to meeting you all very soon!