Topic 3 – Learning in Communities and Group Learning

A great example of learning in communities and collaborative learning is the ONL course itself. As part of this course, each group works together towards creating a shared body of knowledge by investigating different aspects of the topic under study. One important success factor in this context is having a common goal and making sure … Continue reading Topic 3 – Learning in Communities and Group Learning

Why not to go online: part 2 – the lack of support

There is certainly pressure of going online, either fully or at least blended. There are expectations from students, department, school, university and also pressure from outside of the academia. However, when going online you probably might need some support. And you might notice that you don’t get or find the all the support you need … Continue reading “Why not to go online: part 2 – the lack of support”

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Why not to go online: part 1 – giving birth is usually very heavy

‘And then you just record your lectures and Voilà – you are online‘. No – absolutely not. Creating a proper online course or even a blended online course requires usually a completely new game plan. In many cases, the best practice is to start from the scratch when transforming a traditional course into online course. … Continue reading “Why not to go online: part 1 – giving birth is usually very heavy”

Topic 5

Taking ONL201 in spring 2020 turned out to be timely. The sudden transition to online teaching due to the COVID-19 pandemic provided plenty of examples to illustrate the theory we discussed during the course.  For me, the transition to online teaching was smooth, as I had already blended the course I was teaching at theContinue reading “Topic 5”

Topic 4

In the best of worlds, blended learning offers the best of two worlds. Mixing face-to-face with online elements could really be ideal, and there is a wealth of literature pointing at its benefits, from the students’ and the educators’ points of view (see e.g. Cleveland-Innes and Wilton (2018), Lopéz-Peréz et al. (2011) and references therein).Continue reading “Topic 4”