Below is a preliminary overview of the topics, dates and some of the common course activities that are scheduled so far. More activities like tweetchats etc. might be added for some topics. 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
28 February – 6 March

Getting started

During this first 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.

webinarONL 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 ONL helpdesk is available at: You will need to enter ONL221 for admittance.

  • Monday 28 February 11:00-12:00 (CET)
  • Tuesday 1 March 10:00-11:00 (CET)
  • Wednesday 2 March 12:00-13:00 (CET)
  • Thursday 3 March 11:00-12:00 (CET)
  • Friday 4 March 09:00-10:00 (CET)

webinarIntroductory meetings for institutional groups  – organised by each institution

webinarIntroductory meetings for Open learners  – registered open learners will be invited to two optional and electable sessions:

  • Wednesday 2 March 12:00-13:00 (CET)
  • Thursday 3 March 12:00-13:00 (CET)

Connecting and networking
7 – 13 March


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

webinarConnecting webinar: Monday 7 March, 13:00-14:30 (CET)
Course welcoming and brief introduction – opportunity to meet and connect with your PBL group and facilitators.
Please use a head-set and your webcam!

1. Online participation & digital literacies
14 – 27 March

(Please note: 27 March Europe moves clocks forwards 1 hour to CEST)

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: Wednesday 16 March 12:00-13:00 (CET) – Special guest: David White

Tweetchat: Tuesday 22 March 13:00- 14:00 (CET) – Special guest: David White

2. Open Learning – sharing and openness
28 March – 10 April        

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.

webinarWebinar: Wednesday, 30 March 11:00-12:00 (CEST) – Special guest: Maha Bali.

webinarDiscussion webinar: Wednesday 6 April 11:00-12:00 (CEST) – Kiruthika Ragupathi and Alastair Creelman

Reflection week

11 – 17 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
18 April – 1 May

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 19 April 11:00-12:00 (CEST) – Special guest: Kay Oddone

webinarDiscussion webinar: Tuesday 26 April 09:00-10:00 (CEST) with Kay Oddone and Alastair Creelman

4. Design for online and blended learning
2 – 15 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 aspects of Learning Design and discuss different pedagogical aspects to be considered when creating good learning environments using the Community of Inquiry and other frameworks. You will also be able to discuss the concept blended learning and how to achieve the right balance for your course.

webinarWebinar: Tuesday 3 May 13:00-14:00 (CEST) – Special guest: Martin Weller

webinarWebinar: Tuesday 10 May 13:00-14:00 (CEST) – Special guest: Robin Kay

5. Lessons learnt – future practice
16 – 22 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 webinar: Friday 20 May 10:00-11:30 (CEST)

Please check your local time: