with a nice glass of red wine and thinking about the past few weeks of Open
Networked Learning. Many new impressions, nice new colleagues in the online
sessions, many hurdles (or challenges) to solve…

… but it is
a fascinating journey with so many new impressions, ideas and possibilities.

Topic 1: Online participation
and digital literacies

things impressed me in topic 1. There is the topic itself, which is very
exciting and about which I have never thought so much. I had not been so aware
how I act in the digital media. Breaking these down based on the work of White
& Le Cornu, this makes it easy to develop an understanding about this. The
model “visitors and residents” visualizes and clarifies this in a very
nice way respectively. Exciting, that the behavior within the group is not so
different, as one might suspect at first.

I found the handling of different types of media within the online sessions
extremely pleasant. That’s how I got to know digital possibilities that I had
never used before. This will certainly help me in developing online lectures as
part of my teaching. Next year I have my first big online lecture over a time
period of several months and I’m glad to get new “tools” as an additional

But the
most impressive thing is the communication within our team PBL group 8. I recognized
a great respect of each team member towards the opinion of the other. This is
not natural for me personally nowadays. So I enjoyed the time. The discussions
on the topic of digital media have also opened up new points of view for me, as
well as a view of the topic itself. All this still needs to be processed, but my
own point of view is increasing. Thx to my team!

I´m old fashioned about online participation, I think, maybe, not really
sure. But, is this really the truth? I use Facebook, WhatsApp and for video
conferences zoom or adobe connect. That’s it, if I do not count my normal mail
traffic. Media such as Linkeln, Twitter, Instagram, etc. seem to me too
complicated. To what extent they can help me in communication with students or
in teaching, I do not know. I’m rather skeptical …


  1. David White: Visitors and residents (part 1):
  2. David White: Visitors and residents – Credibility (part 2):
  3. White, D. & Le Cornu, A. (2011) Visitors and
    residents: A new typology for online engagement. First Monday, 16(9)
Topic 1: Online participation & digital literacies