26 September – 16 October

Introduction to topic 1

During these three important weeks the focus is to get familiar with and learn about the online learning spaces and the pedagogical design of ONL162. An essential part is to connect with peers and facilitators, begin to build relationships and to form groups. Together we will explore important literacies to survive and thrive in the digital age, as well as your experiences of digital consumption, communication, collaboration and creation, as learners and educators. Accessing, filtering, critically evaluating information in vast networks, repositories and digital libraries as well as connecting with individuals and groups via social networks and adapting it for learning and teaching is a complex process. It requires specific skills, attitudes and behaviors which become increasingly more important for individuals and society. You will be encouraged to start creating your own online learning space for sharing of reflections on your learning. As a starting point you will reflect on and discuss your own digital presence and identity and your experiences, concerns and challenges.

Readings and resources



David White: Visitors and residents (part 1) http://youtu.be/sPOG3iThmRI

David White: Visitors and residents – Credibility (part 2) http://youtu.be/kO569eknM6U


Kek, M.  & Huijser, H. (2015). 21st century skills: problem based learning and the University of the Future. Paper Third 21st Century Academic Forum Conference, Harvard, Boston, USA.

Developing digital literacies (2014) JISC guide. Available here

Further optional

Savin-Baden, M., (2014) Problem-based learning: New constellations for the 21stCentury. Journal of Excellence in College Teaching  25 (3/4)  197-219  Preprint Savin-Baden JECT (3)

Savin-Baden, M. & Wilkie, K. (2006) The challenge of using problem-based learning online. In: Problem-based learning online. Maidenhead: Open University Press.

White, D. & Le Cornu, A. (2011) Visitors and residents: A new typology for online engagement. First Monday, 16(9).



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

– familiarize yourself with the learning spaces and tools for the ONL course

– connect with other participants and your facilitators

– learn about and discuss problem-based, open and collaborative learning in the context of ONL

– explore important literacies to survive and thrive in the digital age as learners and educators

– reflect on and discuss your own digital presence and identity as well as your experiences, concerns and challenges


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