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 a tweet chat 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
24 February – 1 March

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 – all times Central European Time – CET):

  • Monday 24/2 10.00 – 12.00 + 14.00 – 16.00
  • Tuesday 25/2 11.00 – 12.00
  • Wednesday 26/2 11.00 – 12.00
  • Thursday 27/2 11.00 – 12.00
  • Friday 28/2 13.00 – 15.00

Connecting and networking
2 – 8 March


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

webinarConnecting webinar:  2 March 14.00 – 15.00 CET
Please use a head-set and your webcam!

1. Online participation & digital literacies
9 – 22 March

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: 13 March 13.00 – 14.00 CET – With special guest David White –

Tweetchat:  19 March 11.00 – 12.00 CET – With special guest David White

2. Open Learning – sharing and openness
23 March – 5 April (change to summer time CEST from 29 Mar)

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.

webinarWebinar:  30 March 11.00 – 12.00 CEST

Tweetchat: 2 April 12.00 – 13.00 CEST

Reflection week

6 –  12 April

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
14 – 26 April

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:  16 April 13.00 – 14.00 CEST

Tweetchat: 23 April 11.00 – 12.00 CEST

4. Design for online and blended learning
27 April – 10 May

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.

webinarWebinar: 6 May 16.00 – 17.00 (CEST) with Marti Cleveland-Innes & Anne Whaits


5. Lessons learnt – future practice
11 – 17 May

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 webinar14 May 11.00 – 12.00 CEST


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