The end of the road…or just the beginning?

To me the most important part on the ONL course has been the process itself. I have been familiar with PBL on a theoretical level for a long time, but I haven’t really had any opportunities to engage in an actual PBL process myself before this course. The course was really time consuming and I […]


Diversity and Motivation in Collaborative Learning

Collaborative learning is an integral part of university teachers’ work, but also one of the 21st century working life skills that we are trying to teach our students. However, as we all know some learning communities work better than others. While this topic was really interesting and there would be so much to say, I […]

I’m all for open education, so why is it so difficult to make my own courses open?

Picture by opensource.com Open educational resources (OER) are “teaching, learning, and research resources that, through permissions granted by the copyright holder, allow others to use, distribute, keep, or make changes to them.” (BCcampus Open Education Self-Publishing Guide). In principle, I support opening education and can immediately think about the various benefits that it offers. However, […]


My digital journey: past, present and future

My fellow teachers have often asked me why I am so keen on designing and teaching online courses. To me it’s about flexibility, access, inclusion and 21st century working life skills. After all, digitalization is what allowed me to complete my master’s degree fully online while having a full time lecturer position at the university, […]


Connecting week: collaborating with new people

Starting to work with a new group of people is always exciting: you never know what is going to happen as people with different backgrounds, personalities and preferences for working are put together. When this work is put to an online environment, it can be even more challenging, especially if you haven’t even met all […]

Susan's ONL192 blog 2019-09-25 09:15:44

Introduction My name is Susan Gamache and I work as an English teacher at the Language Centre of Aalto University in Finland. I mainly teach academic / scientific writing skills and presentation skills to students both at bachelor’s and master’s level. In addition, I provide writing clinic consultation to master’s /doctoral students and faculty. Before […]