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.

Interesting presentations from the PBL groups are being shared in the ONL211 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.

For this fourth topic, 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 the Community of Inquiry (CoI) and possibly other frameworks to learn about important pedagogical aspects in creating a good blended and online learning experience for your students.

During the first week of topic 4 we have a webinar (28 April) with Dr. Marti Cleveland-Innes. To start with you may visit the provided Padlet where you will find an Introductory video and slides from Marti Cleveland-Innes. On the Padlet your PBL group can also add comments and questions to Marti for the webinar.

For the second week of topic 4 you can join yet another Tweetchat (5 May)

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 two great weeks!

The ONL team

Welcome to topic 4 – Design for online and blended learning

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