And now, for something completely different…

Final reflections Journey. Ride. Rollercoaster. These are the words that keep being used when we discuss this course in my PBL group. There is no doubt about it. ONL221 provided me with a course experience like nothing I have ever experienced before. Learning by doing. For real. One thing I have certainly learned is how […]

The world out there I had no idea about

Reflections on Topic 4: Learning design Every topic in this course has provided me with “wow-moments”. I have realised many new things. But none as much as Topic 4. Much of what we have covered earlier in the course came together here, with new perspectives on how to plan, implement, and evaluate courses. During this […]

A network is not the same as a community

Reflections on Topic 3: Learning in communities – Networked collaborative learning Have we not always been told the importance of networking? If we connect to people and start cooperating we can create networks that make us successful. A win-win situation for all involved, right? Little did I realise that when looking a little deeper, networks […]

Open is not the opposite of private

Reflections on Topic 2: Open Learning – sharing & openness Learning from materials that others share online is inspiring, fun, and time saving. Both for professional teaching and privately. I happily share my materials with colleagues and friends. However, open sharing of materials I produce to strangers online is not anything that I have really […]


The intimidating B-word

Blog. Why is this B-word filling me with such anxiety? A 400 word “personal reflection” feels like a piece of cake. A blog post, on the other hand, sounds such a challenge. Rather awful. I must try to understand why, because it does not make sense. I enjoy writing, it comes natural to me. I […]


The ONL course represents, in my opinion, the remarkable effort to adapt teaching and learning to technology. Once acknowledged that technology impacts our daily way of living, working, and communicating, this course provides a wide range of topics (too wide, I would say, to be grasped by teachers not in pedagogy) to reflect on the […]

BP4 – Design for online and blended learning

First of all, this is a very personal perspective and a particular experience. Second, I feel that this blog is somewhat the second part of my previous blog – BP3 -Learning in communities – networked collaborative learning. Third, let me give context to my post by starting from the course I have just completed teaching […]


Teachers and students: all learners!

In this post, I’m going to investigate whether the exercise sessions in one of my courses can be considered as collaborative learning experiences or not. In the ocean of possible definitions of collaborative learning, I choose the following definition, or better, explanation of collaborative learning: “students work together in small groups toward a common goal. […]


Support for engagement

In this post, I write about how the support a teacher may give to students is a valuable way to promote engagement in the course and contribute to collaborative learning. When I think to support, the first thing that comes to my mind is “answering to questions”. But support can be many different things and […]