Topic 5: Lessons learnt – future practice

6 – 12 December 2021
During this very short concluding week, peers and facilitators will reflect on and share learning experience from ONL as well as look ahead to see how this will influence our present and future practice.

Activities for all learners

We are taking a different approach in topic 5. During this last week you are going to reflect on and discuss your experience from this course and your view on learning in your group and in your blog and you are going to interact with the other ONLers through a specific digital tool (Miro) and during the final Webinar. More specifically:

PBL group work

1 – Watch this 3 mins Video about Elmore’s Modes of learning framework

2 – Read the following scenario and reflect on it with your PBL group

“Digitalization has indeed changed the landscape for learning and teaching. According to Elmore’s modes of learning framework and his four quadrants, I am reflecting on my view of learning.  The future of learning will present us with a multitude of opportunities to organize and lead learning. In which quadrant did I place myself before I started this course, and where would my dream scenario be in the future? How can online and blended learning support the quadrant I want to strive for? What similarities and differences do we have in our group, and why?”

3 – Take a look at this material explaining the framework and where different characters give different point of views about learning and leading in different learning environments

4 – Insert your group reflection in Miro’s group billboard as sticky notes, comments or something else. You can also comment on other groups’ posts. 

You could think about these broad perspectives when you comment:

  • Your own thoughts about to the modes of learning model
  • ONL in relation to the modes of learning model
  • ONL and the changing digital landscape within teaching and learning

Learning blog

Based on your previous reflective posts and experience gained throughout the course, summarize and critically reflect on your learning and development. We would like to remind you that this post is mandatory if you want to receive your ONL certificate. The final summarizing blog post should contain approximately 400 words. You can use the questions below to guide your reflection:

  • What are the most important things that you have learnt through your engagement in the ONL course? Why?
  • How will your learning influence your practice?
  • What are your thoughts about using technology to enhance learning/teaching in your own context?
  • What are you going to do as a result of your involvement in ONL? Why?
  • What suggestions do you have (activities and/or in general) for development of eLearning in your own teaching or context? 

Share your reflections! Please share your thoughts on what it has meant for you to be a member of this ONL community, in your blog and also maybe on Twitter?

Join us for a final webinar! The intention is to share experiences and to have a discussion on various aspects of the ONL course. Furthermore, we would like you to interact and comment on different topics, using a microphone and camera. See the event page for further information.

Continue networking – stay connected!  Continue to use your Twitter account – find ONLers and follow them to promote further networking even after the course is finished! Are there other social platforms you could use for further networking?

Post tips for the participants in the next ONL course

Discuss what advice and encouragement you would like to give to the participants in the next ONL course. What have you struggled with, and how did you overcome that? What benefits did you have from this course? Etc.

Post it in this Padlet and we will present it to the participants in ONL221!



In the Webinar – Lessons learnt – future practice on Friday 10 December, 11:00 – 12:00 (CET) we will reflect and discuss our experience from this course and how we will move forward. Try to connect five minutes in advance. See the event page


Reading and resources

Levälahti, F. (2021). Notes from Modes of learning.

Meilleur, C. (2020). Elmore’s 4 learning modes. Knowledge One.

Robinson, K.  Changing Education Paradigms.


Further optional readings and resources

Daraei, S. (2015). A Study about Effects of Facebook on Conceptual Learning Mathematics. International Journal of Future Computer and Communication, Vol. 4, No. 1, February 2015 , 77-78.

Open Universities report Innovating pedagogy 2021 available here

NMC Horizon Report teaching and learning edition 2021 available here


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

  • Reflect on and share learning experiences from the ONL course
  • Reflect on how the group work has influenced your learning (in your PBL group)
  • Reflect on and share how to use your newly acquired knowledge in current and future practices


Final webinar, Friday 10 December 11.00-12.00 CET


During this topic I have:

  • Attended the final PBL group online meeting(s)
  • Contributed actively to the group’s work reflecting and summarizing
  • Contributed actively to the group discussion
  • Commented on some colleagues’ blog posts
  • Written my final summarizing blog post for the course