We hope that you all at this point of time in the course feel well-settled with the ONL learning environment and that you have found a good structure for your studies and PBL group work. It seems that the previous topic on Learning in communities was inspiring and engaged you in good discussions and reflection on collaborative and networked learning.

Interesting presentations from the PBL groups are being shared in the ONL231 community space under PBL group work submissions. Don´t miss the opportunity to look at and comment on what the other groups have created using different tools.

In topic 4, Design for online and blended learning, we shift our focus from participation in a learning environment, to the perspective of the educator in designing for learning. You will have the opportunity to explore aspects of Learning Design as well as different design frameworks like Community of Inquiry (CoI), to learn about important pedagogical aspects in creating a good online and blended learning experience for your students.

For this topic we are happy to have Dr. Robin Kay (Faculty of Education at Ontario Tech University, Canada) with us, leading a webinar on Tuesday 21 November 14:00 (CET).

At a second webinar on Thursday 30 November 13:00-14:00 (CET) the course team for the “HEDS course” will be presenting and discussing an example of course design; a new course created using the ONL course and community as a model.

At this point, we would also like to encourage you all to read some of your fellow participants Individual reflections that you haven’t looked at before, and also to comment on them!

We wish you two great weeks!

The ONL team

Welcome to topic 4 – Design for online and blended learning

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