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Topic 2: Open Learning – Sharing and Openness

The design of teaching hasn’t changed much even though lectures are being recorded and made accessible on the internet. Lectures are recorded in smaller chunks, but apart from that the main style of teaching is as it has been for a very long time. The basic model of design needs to change if we want to keep up with the demands of a digital age and what the new technologies have to offer. [1]

Learning management systems can be used in ways that break away from the traditional classroom model. I feel ready to try a new approach, using the flipped-classroom-model with pre-recorded interactive lectures with the ScalableLearning model and using the time in class for more advanced discussions and answering questions on a higher level. [2, 3, 4]

I like the idea of competency-based learning, were the teacher identifies specific competencies or skills within the subject. Learners can then work at their own pace, independent of starting point, and choose to  develop just the competencies or skills they feel they need, or can combine a whole set of competencies into a full course, or even a full education. [1]

While working with this topic, I have played around a bit with Canvas, which is going to be the new LMS of KTH, and so far I like it! I find it supporting a more modern way of learning than our present LMS, with ways to collaborate and share.

Moreover, I realised that we need to teach our students about the rules for copying images and other work from the internet, Creative Commons and what the CC-licensings mean. [4] I talked to my coworkers about it and they definitely agree.

I still find it a bit difficult to find my way in this course, but it is getting easier and more fun as the course proceeds! I really enjoy the openness and getting to share the thoughts and ideas of other participants and groups – it’s amazing how differently our brains work when we try to understand the intention of each assignment: obvious when one sees the diversity between different groups presentations on the same topic. 🙂

Finally, there are so many new things I would rather try, than spending time on writing blogposts… 😉


  1. Bates, T. (2015) Teaching in a Digital Age: Guidelines for Teaching and Learning
  2. Black-Schaffer, D. (2013) Flipping the Classroom in an Introductory IT Course
  3. Gerestrand, A. (2016) Webinar for ONL162
  4. ScalableLearning (2016) Welcome – ScalableLearning
  5. Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand (2012) Creative Commons guide
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Topic 1: Connecting – Online participation and digital literacies

I have not been able to participate very much during the last two weeks of the course due to other obligations, but my reflections so far include that it is hard to organise and find what I should do, read, concentrate on, and so on. When I have a little time over and want to spend it on the course, I end up just looking around and reading something here and there in a very unorganised fashion – maybe because I am digitally illiterate ;-). When one has a course book, it is so much easier to use a half an hour here or there to read or solve problems and then just pick up where you were at the next occasion. Here, so much happens when you are busy doing something else, and I find it difficult to select what to focus on, and I spend more time than I would like to just looking for stuff.

I am definitely a visitor in the digital age, and feel very uncertain as to if I want to become anything else. I like the instant access to online help when using different tools and I am not really shy, I’m just not comfortable sharing my thoughts with whoever it might be. For collaboration or sharing work I think there are some excellent tools with I am happy to use, but I like to keep my personal life separate from my professional life, for example I don’t want to be friends with my students on Facebook and I don’t want them to know what is going on in my private life, nor do I want to know anything about their personal lives, except if they explicitly decide to share it with me.

I hope that ONL will help me to find new ways to connect with my students online but still in a professional way. So far, I used Moovly [1] to make a short animated film from an interview about starting university with some of my students, and it worked well. I would also like to share another tool called Socrative [2] with you. I use it in my course and it helps to engage the students!

  1. 2016-10-14
  2. 2016-10-14