|30 October – 12 November
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? To interact and learn together with peers in different formats have become an integral part of student centered education. Technology offers new possibilities for interaction and forming new kinds of social networks, including learners as well as facilitators and experts – but also offers challenges, such as keeping focus on learning processes, and not only tools, in online environments. These two weeks are for 1) reflecting on the meaning of networked collaborative learning and the development of learning communities in relation to PBL, and 2) building personal learning networks and environments for peer support and future informal learning.
Activities for all learners
Readings and other resources
What is Twitter? Alastair Creelman (2014). Available here.
How to take part in a Twitter chat. Alastair Creelman (2015). Available here. – Please note that this short video was made for an earlier iteration of ONL and that the hashtag to use for this course is #ONL172!
Brindley, J., Blaschke, L. M. & Walti, C. (2009). Creating effective collaborative learning groups in an online environment. The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 10(3). Available here.
Capdeferro, N. & Romero, M. (2012). Are online learners frustrated with collaborative learning experiences?. The International review of research in open and distance learning, 13(2), 26-44. Available here.
Wenger, E. (2010). Communities of practice and social learning systems: the career of a concept. In Social learning systems and communities of practice (pp. 179-198). Springer London. Available here.
Anderson, T. (2008). Teaching in an online learning context. In The theory and practice of online learning (pp. 343-395). Athabasca university press. Available here.
Dron, J. & Anderson, T. (2014). Teaching crowds: Learning and social media. Athabasca University Press. Available here.
By the end of this topic, you will have had the opportunity to
- discuss networked and collaborative learning in the digital age
- reflect on and take part in establishing learning communities
- reflect on how your own Personal Learning Networks (PLN) can be developed
- inquire into collaborative learning and community features related to a specific scenario
COURSE SYNCHRONOUS ACTIVITIES
Webinar with Alec Couros 2 November 16:00-17:00 CET
Tweetchat led by Alec Couros 3 November 16:00-17:00 CET
Please remember to check out and update your activity in the Activity tracker!
- Add your details and blog address (if you have not already done this)
- By the end of the topic, complete the section for topic 3 with brief descriptions of your activity.