We hope that you all at this point of time in the course feel quite 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. Fantastic presentations from the PBL groups are now being shared in the ONL171 community, don´t miss to take part of what the other groups have created.

Today is the start of the fourth topic, Design for online and blended learning. This topic is for discussing and reflecting around what constitutes good support and well-designed learning environments. You will be able to explore a couple of frameworks/models for learning design that you maybe also can apply in your PBL group inquiry of one of the two provided scenarios.

On Tuesday 4 April there is a webinar with Martha Cleveland-Innes and Stefan Stenbom who will elaborate on design for online and blended learning and introduce the framework Community of Inquiry. (see event). During the second week of the topic there will be a new opportunity to join a tweetchat (see event)

At this point, we would also like to encourage you all to read some participants’ blogs that you haven’t looked at before, and also to comment on them! Check the ONL171 blog roll

We wish you all a great week!

The ONL team

Welcome to topic 4 – Design for online and blended learning

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