Topic 5: ONL162 wrapped

We have reached the end of the ONL course and it is time to wrap-up. This has been an amazing learning journey and a wonderful opportunity for change. Let’s go back to the beginning. I joined the ONL course after finishing my very first training in pedagogics. I did not know what ‘open networked learning’ meant, but it … Continue reading Topic 5: ONL162 wrapped

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Topic 4: Blended learning

I was looking forward to researching and discussing blended learning. Thanks to the ONL course, my interest in online education has gradually increased and I feel ready to integrate digital elements into my classes to boost the learning experience. Why blend-it? Blended learning can bring together the best of classroom and online learning. However, like 'the art … Continue reading Topic 4: Blended learning

Topic 3 Collaborative learning

No man is an Island, entire of itself (John Donne, Meditation XVII, 1572-1631) These weeks, we have learned about collaborative learning at the ONL course.  I have truly enjoyed investigating, discussing and reflecting about this topic. Collaborating as a scientist I like collaborating because it is challenging, enriching and gratificating. Moreover, it is an essential part of … Continue reading Topic 3 Collaborative learning

Working on group cohesion

Thinking about online collaboration and learning

Yesterday we worked in our online PBL group. Four people joined, one was on holiday, one was sick and one was not there. The topic was “online collaboration”.

Last Friday I had a Skype chat with one member of the group because he didn’t succeed in joining the live sessions and to participate on our Fish document,  the collaborative document about the topic. This man was now leading the session and was back on track.  From the notes of this session: “what hindered him for participating more at the beginning was confusion, uncertainty about what it was happening. Sometimes he was afraid to ask. The Tweet chat was a turning point as well as the support from group members specially F. and S.. He now realized that he is important for the group and his contribution is his willingness to learn. ” (thx G.) He must have felt save in…

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Topic 2: Openness in education

(Article 16.1.) Declaration of Human Rights (1949): Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit. This has … Continue reading Topic 2: Openness in education

Connecting with Science (my take on topic 1)

“A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.” ― John Lennon During this first topic, I have reflected on the importance of connectivity for science  and on my own responsibilities in the new digital world. The web of science The scientific progress is fuelled by a constant exchange of … Continue reading Connecting with Science (my take on topic 1)