AI-empowered Blended Learning  

Reflection on Topic 4: Design for online and blended learning Joanne Kuai   One of the biggest takeaways from the COVID-19 pandemic in higher education is that flexibility needs to be built into our pedagogical approaches. Blended learning as an educational approach that integrates traditional face-to-face classroom instruction with online learning activities (Boelens, De […]

Towards an Ideal Blend

The onset of digitalization and information technologies has set a new stage for learners and educators alike. Today, addressing all learning preferences — on the spectrum of conventional in-person setting to digital online learning — remains a priority. Navigating this spectrum in a manner that takes advantage of both ends may be the ideal blended […]

The end of the course – final thoughts

For this reflection I am using the guiding questions: What are the most important things you have learned through your engagement in the ONL course? Why? That collaborative work can be fun and enriching! In the ONL course I have learned how a functioning Blended Learning course can be designed, how much influence the participants […]


Reflecting on My ONL Journey and Future Paths

Reflecting on my experience with the Online Networked Learning (ONL) course, I’ve gained invaluable insights that have significantly shaped my approach to teaching and learning. The most profound lessons involve the importance of active engagement, fostering inclusive environments, and the strategic use of technology in education. One key realization is the transformative power of ice-breakers […]

Learning in Communities: Embracing our Social Nature

Humans are inherently social. We are accustomed to collaborating and learning from one another — to a narrower sense in small groups and to a broader sense in communities. Community of practice is formed when historical learning develops into an informal and dynamic social structure between participants who share a common interest and engage in […]


Topic 4: Blended Learning – some thoughts

When thinking about a Blended Learning course I am a bit hesitant. I love the idea of blending synchronous and asynchronous phases as both offer a variety of opportunities and can encourage learning in different ways. The perfect mix can get the students to great learning outcomes. But why am I hesitant? Because there need […]


Implementing Soft Skills

I have worked with soft skills in Engineering Education for a while. And quite recently, I held a presentation at the 9:th Development Conference for Engineering Education.For engineering students, having both soft and hard skills is essential for a su…


Shaping Self-Directed Learners in Blended Learning Environments

Reflecting on self-directed learning within blended learning contexts, it’s clear that the key to its effectiveness lies in harmonizing students’ learning intentions with the established learning goals. Blended learning, a dynamic educational model that combines synchronous and asynchronous learning, requires a well-thought-out structure and transparent communication to be successful. The primary challenge lies in creating […]

Lifelong learning brown bag webinar @VW

Today, I gave a short webinar for electrical engineers of Volkswagen AG in Germany on the topic of lifelong learning with the help of personal learning networks (PLNs). Here are my slides and below the links to the online resources. Lifelong learning – Wikipedia Personal learning network – Wikipedia The Difference Between Emergency Remote Teaching […]

Collaborative working exceeded my expectations

Learning communities are not an unknown concept. We basically start when we are students at school. Mostly, we do not see the advantages (except when you are the person who is free riding). Mostly it is more work and less efficient. BUT when I got older and started university I realised that there are some […]

Building Critical Learning Communities

Reflection on Topic 3: Learning in Communities Joanne Kuai The benefits of engaged pedagogy and learning in communities have been widely acknowledged, as human beings is a social person in a social world, and in relation to participation, the social and the individual constitutes each other (hooks, 2010; Wenger, 2010). In building a learning […]