Below is a preliminary overview of the topics, dates and some of the common course activities that are scheduled so far. More activities like webinars, tweet chats etc. will be added for each topic. In addition to common course activities you will have regular online meetings in your study groups (PBL groups). These meeting times will be decided by the group members together.


Getting started
16 – 22 September

Getting started

During this first important week the focus is to familiarize yourself with the ONL learning spaces. You will be encouraged to share expectations, background knowledge, experience and practice and begin to build relationships.

ONL help desk – drop-in video meeting times where one of the members of the course team will be waiting to help you in case you have questions about how to get started. The link to the helpdesk is: (only available during the times listed below):

  • Monday, 16 September, 11:00-12:00 (CEST – Stockholm)
  • Tuesday, 17 September, 11.00-12.00 (CEST – Stockholm)
  • Wednesday, 18 September, 11:00-12:00 (CEST – Stockholm)
  • Thursday, 19 September, 11:00-12:00 (CEST – Stockholm)
  • Friday, 20 September, 10:00-11:00 (CEST – Stockholm)

Connecting and networking
23 – 29 September


During this  week the focus is to  to connect with peers and facilitators and to form groups.

webinarConnecting webinar:  Monday 23 September 13:00-14:00 CEST (check your time zone)
Please use a head-set and your webcam!

1. Online participation & digital literacies
30 September – 13 October

Topic 1: Online participation & digital literacies

During this topic we will explore together important literacies to survive and thrive in the digital age as learners and educators. We will also discuss online participation and your digital footprints. You will be encouraged to reflect on your digital presence and identity as well as your experience of digital consumption, communication, collaboration and creation.

webinarWebinar: Tuesday 1 October 14:00-15:00 CEST – Special guest: David White

Tweetchat:  Thursday 10 October 10:00-11:00 CEST – Special guest: David WhiteRead all tweets here

2. Open Learning – sharing and openness
14 – 27 October (change to winter time CET from 27 Oct)

Topic 2: Open Learning – sharing and openness

In this topic we will explore the benefits and challenges of openness in education. We will look at issues around copyright and in particular the open licensing of content (Creative Commons) and how this opens up new opportunities for collaborative learning and development. Sharing and reusing OER (Open Educational Resources) and the consequent development of OEP (Open Educational Practices) will also be examined. Finally we will take a look at the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) phenomenon; the different models of MOOCs and how this affects higher education.

webinarWebinarFriday 18 October 09:30-10:30 (CEST). Watch the recorded webinar

TweetchatThursday 24 October 11:00-12:00 (CEST)

Reflection week

28 October – 3 November (change to winter time CET from 27 Oct)

Reflection week

We’re half-way through the course and this week gives you time to reflect, catch up and consolidate what you have learned so far.


3. Learning in communities – networked collaborative learning
4 – 17 November

Topic 3: Learning in communities – networked collaborative learning


In this third topic, we will explore aspects of collaborative learning in relation to networked online spaces for learning. To interact and learn together with peers in different formats have become an integral part of student centered education. Technology offers new possibilities for interaction and forming new kinds of social networks, including learners as well as facilitators and experts – but also offers challenges, such as keeping focus on learning processes, not tools, in online environments. You will be encouraged to reflect on the meaning of networked collaborative learning and the development of learning communities in relation to PBL and building personal learning networks and environments for peer support and your informal learning.

webinarWebinar:  Tuesday 5 November 11:00-12:00 (CET) Watch the recorded webinar

Tweetchat:  Thursday 14 November 11:00-12:00 (CET) Read all tweets here

4. Design for online and blended learning
18 November – 1 December

Topic 4: Design for online and blended learning

For this topic we turn the focus from participation to design for learning, including scaffolding and facilitation. You will look at different pedagogical aspects to be considered when creating good learning environments using the Community of Inquiry framework. You will also discuss the concept blended learning and how to achieve the right balance for your course.

Tweetchat: Wednesday 20 November 19.00–20.00 (CET) Read all tweets here

webinarWebinar:  Tuesday 26 November 16:00-17:00 (CET) with Martha Cleveland-Innes, Watch the recorded webinar

5. Lessons learnt – future practice
2 – 8 December

Topic 5: Lessons learnt – future practice

During our concluding weeks, peers and facilitators will share and reflect on learning experiences from ONL and look ahead to how this feeds into our present and future practice. What effect has the learning experience from this course had on your development of personal learning networks and your own professional practice? What were the benefits and what were the challenges? What are the next steps?

webinarFinal webinarWednesday 4 December, 11:00-12:00 (CET) Watch the recorded webinar

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