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 being shared in the ONL192 community under PBL group work. Don´t miss the opportunity to look at and comment on what the other groups have created using slides, videos and different tools like Flipgrid, Coggle, Prezi, Powtoon and more.

For this fourth topic, Design for online and blended learning, we shift our focus from participation in a learning environment to how to support and design for learning taking an educator perspective. You will have the opportunity to explore the Community of Inquiry framework and possibly other frameworks/models and apply these on the scenario as well as your own practice.

To start up this topic you will find an introductory video from Marti Cleveland-Innes on emotion and learning, and emotional presence in the Community of Inquiry framework (CoI) and a Padlet page for reflections and questions. During the topic you will also be able to do a survey, “Community of Inquiry Survey for Educators”, as a basis for reflection on your own teaching practice.

Common course events for topic 4:

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!

We wish you all a great week!

Welcome to topic 4 – Design for online and blended learning

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