17 – 23 September

Welcome to Open Networked Learning!

First please watch the course introduction film.

During this week the focus is to get familiar with the learning spaces you will be using on the course. This is a week for trying out the different tools and platforms we will be using on the course. Next week you will be connecting with your PBL groups and getting to know each other.

Activities for all learners

Getting started with ONL181: main course site

All the information you need about the course is available on this main course site. The ONL site is where you will find information and guidance for participation in the ONL181 course. The site also serves as a blog where the course team regularly posts information about the course

  • Read through information on the course site, most information that you need should be there!
  • Subscribe to updates in order to be alerted when there is a new post from the course team; to the right on the start page you can add your e-mail in the box and click “follow”. Please note that you can unsubscribe to these updates when the course ends by clicking on the unsubscribe link that appears on each e-mail.
  • Please read the information about your privacy: Privacy and ONL.

Watch a short introduction film about the main ONL course site.

Getting started with Google+

Google+ is the social network platform where all the course activities, discussions and sharing take place. Everyone on the course will belong to the main ONL181 community. This is where groups can post their collaborative work and general discussions take place. You will also belong to a closed group for your PBL group where most of the course work will take place.

  • All registered participants will receive an e-mail invitation with a link to join the ONL181 Google+ community. If you do not receive this please contact your institutional course leader or if you are an open learner please contact Lars Uhlin
  • Present yourself in the ONL181 community (make a post in the category “Getting started”)
  • Check the the other learners’ introductions in the community and comment if you would like to.

Watch an introduction film about how to get started with Google+ in ONL.

Getting started with Google Drive

Google Drive is a place where you can store files, documents and folders and share them with your colleagues. You will be using this in your PBL group work, writing collaborative documents and sharing meeting notes and slideshows etc. Here are two films to help you get started.

Learning blog – reflection

The course reflections are an important part of your learning process. In ONL you will publish your reflections on each topic on your own blog. Five blog posts are required if you want to receive a certificate for the course. Instructions and suggestions for this will be posted for every topic.

Read about, discuss and familiarize yourself with the ONL design and ONL learning activities including using the FISh model for collaborative inquiry.


If you have any questions about using the learning spaces mentioned above or any other difficulties in getting started with the course we have arranged a number of drop-in video meeting times where one of the course team will be waiting to help you.

The helpdesk times will be scheduled as follows (check time zone converter):

  • Monday, 17 September, 11.00 – 12.00 (CEST – Stockholm)
  • Tuesday, 18 September, 8.30-12.00 (CEST – Stockholm)
  • Wednesday, 19 September, 8.00 – 10.00 (CEST – Stockholm)
  • Thursday, 20 September, 8:00 – 10:00 (CEST – Stockholm)
  • Friday, 21 September, 10.30-11.30 (CEST – Stockholm)


By the end of this week, you will have had the opportunity to:

  • familiarize yourself with the learning spaces and tools for the ONL course
  • set up your Google account and make your first contribution to the ONL181 community on Google+
  • familiarize yourself with how to use Google Drive for collaborative writing
  • start your own blog for individual reflection on the course topics



  • Read the course information under About ONL
  • Create a Google account
  • Introduce yourself in the ONL181 Google+ community
  • Reply to other participants’ introduction posts in Google+
  • Familiarize yourself with Google Drive and how to share documents
  • Set up your learning blog
Suggested reading

Open Networked Learning: Challenges and Opportunities. Blog post by ONL student, co-facilitator and contributor Kay Oddone (Queensland University of Technology, Australia)