Topic 5: Reflections on the course and suggestions

A Reflection on the course: This was generally a stimulating course with a challenging amount of work. Although we had challenges in the beginning when it comes to forming our group as a community in practice, the connections and commitments were clearer and a collaborative environment was built as we went along. The course at […]

Topic 4: Online and Blended learning design

For topic 4, we were asked to reflect on Online and Blended learning design with an approach that seeks to “encourage learners’ engagement and learning processes” in online and blended learning design. I would like to reflect a little further on one of the sources included in our reading and one that we have touched […]

Topic 3: Learning Communities and Communities in Practice

For topic 3, we were asked to reflect upon the formation of learning communities and communities of practice including in online settings. In our group and panel discussion (recorded), we talked a lot about the 5-stage model for online learning proposed by Gilly Salmon, The Five Stage Model (2022) and reflected on how, the development […]

Topic 2: Open Learning – Sharing and Openness

For our second topic, we were given the topic of openness and sharing in learning and teaching related areas and a scenario where we considered the impact of AI tools as well as hybrid forms of education and participation/accessibility. While the blending of in person and online teaching/learning environments seem to promise new types of […]


Lessons learnt – future practice (Topic 5)

This has been a great journey. So many interesting people and so many useful things that we have looked into. The topics have been well chosen and prepared with good speakers and interesting reading materials. At first, I thought that twelve weeks would be a far too long period for the course, but it was […]

Moving online: An Approach

The COVID-19 pandemic forced institutions to move online quickly, with little preparation. But, as weeks and months passed, two things became clear. An “emergency” approach to online learning was not sustainable or advisable, and higher educational institutions needed clarity and guidance in defining and designing high-quality online education. The issue of quality is an essential […]

Looking back at the ONL221 Journey

As we are in the final days of the Open Networked Learning course, I am persuaded to continue my journey with problem-based learning. As a learning designer, I plan to utilise the experience I was afforded through the learning opportunity to incorporate the design in up and coming projects for post-graduate programmes. Cooperative learning is […]

Learning as a Social System

Communities of Practice (CoPs) are organized groups of people who have a common interest in a specific technical or educational domain. They regularly collaborate to share information, improve their skills, and actively work on advancing the general knowledge of the domain. Healthy CoPs have a culture built on professional networking, personal relationships, shared knowledge, and […]


Design for online and blended learning – Topic 4

This has been a difficult topic for me. Mainly because I’m not a teacher and I don’t plan courses. I’m extremely happy that I have such skilled team members that know what they are talking about. My reflections of this topic will be more from a learner’s perspective. At my age (50+) when I attend […]