|12 February – 3 May 2024
Welcome to Open Networked Learning!
To start, please watch the course introduction film for an overview of the course.
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 ONL241: 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 ONL241 course. The site also serves as a blog where the course team regularly posts information about the course
Watch a short introduction film about the main ONL course site.
The video is from the #ONL192 iteration. The structure of the #ONL241 is the same though and the video can help you to get an overview anyway.
Individual reflection space
The course reflections are an important part of your learning process. In ONL you will publish your reflections on each topic on your own individual reflection space. Five reflections are required if you want to receive a certificate for the course. Instructions and suggestions for this will be posted for every topic.
Social Media (optional)
It will also be useful to use your Mastodon or X (formerly Twitter) account or create one and follow us on @email@example.com which is ONL’s Mastodon presence. The hashtag of the course is #ONL241. Additional conversations linked to ONL will happen there or in other social media spaces like LinkedIN. The hashtag will remain the same across spaces. Here you get an introduction to Mastodon and Twitter:
For participants from Swedish universities we highly recommend Sunet’s Mastodon server for the quickest and easiest account creation and probably even the safest.
Additional activities for institutional and open learners (part of a PBL group)
Getting started with the ONL241 community space
All institutional and open learners who have been admitted and created an ONL account, will have access to the ONL241 community space when logged in. Independent learners will not have access to this space. If you experience problems with access, please contact Jörg Pareigis.
The ONL241 community space will give access to course spaces and activities and a common course forum for discussions and sharing will take place. From the ONL241 community space you will also find your PBL group space that will open for the Connecting week. In this closed group for your PBL group most of the course work will take place. Groups can post their collaborative PBL work and can share and discuss in their own environment. Here are a few things you should do:
Watch the following video for an introduction to the #ONL241 community space and what you can in it. Similar as above, the video is from the #ONL192 iteration. The structure of the #ONL241 community space is the same and the video can help you to get an overview of it.
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. In order to use Google Drive, you need a google account. If you have a @gmail.com email address, you also have a Google account. The Google account does not necessarily have to be a @gmail.com e-mail address, though. You can create a google account and access Google Drive without a @gmail.com e-mail address. If you do not have a Google account sign up for one here. Here is a film to help you get started with Google Drive.
Participating as independent learner
Independent learners are not affiliated to any of the organizing institutions and participate outside PBL groups in the course. You are not eligible for a course certificate but you can nevertheless successfully participate in ONL. Read more about it here.
Live support – the ONL helpdesk
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 (Zoom) times where one of the course team will be waiting to help you. Only available during the times listed below.
The ONL helpdesk is available at: https://kau-se.zoom.us/my/onlhelpdesk. You will need to enter ONL241 for admittance.
The helpdesk times will be scheduled as follows (check time zone converter):
All times are Central European Time – CET.
By the end of this week, you will have had the opportunity to:
Open Networked Learning: Challenges and Opportunities. Blog post by ONL student, co-facilitator and contributor Kay Oddone (Charles Sturt University, Australia)