Lessons learned – ONL191

The #ONL191 course has come to an end, and we have been asked to reflect on what we have learned, and what we will do differently in the future, as a result of the course. What have I learned? I have seen that online-only courses can work, and I have tried to identify the areas […]

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Tuning intuition in online teaching

For our group work this time round, we prepared a mock syllabus for a course on Online Collaborative Writing, peppered with roll-over points describing the thinking behind our choices, using a tool called Thinglink.  This helped to concentrate our thoughts on underlying design issues, which have been laid out clearly by my colleague Sebastian Schwede. […]


Online fika

The third topic in #ONL191 is concerned with learning in communities, obviously with the focus on the networked aspect.  There is a lot of interesting evidence for the advantages of online working, most interestingly to me how this can promote higher-order thinking, meaning that students have more time to reflect and develop their ideas.  A […]

Sharing and Openness

The second topic on #ONL191 has been sharing and openness, and the kick-off was a presentation by Alastair Creelman and Kay Oddone.  This has been followed up by various activities to explore advantages, disadvantages, levels and practicalities. My thoughts are this are not well-organized, and run into well-known linguistic issues – does open mean accessible […]

Am I what I say?

Having argued in my previous post that to be active successfully in online fora, you should be media literate, the next obvious question is how do you acquire this literacy?  As a part of my group’s #ONL191 work, we have looked at a variety of practical tips as well as more philosophical points.  As with […]


Digital literacies vs digital languages

The first topic on #ONL191 covers online participation and digital literacies.  One of the pieces of suggested reading presents a model by White and Le Cornu, developed in 2011, to categorise users as Visitors or Residents of the digital world.  I liked this description, and think that it has a lot of applicability.  The two […]

Open Networked Learning

I have signed up to the Open Networked Learning course, in an effort to find out current progress in using digital tools in higher education, and so will be participating in #ONL191 for the next few months.  As a part of the coursework, some blog posts…