#fdol141 starts on the 10th of February @openfdol

Hello dear friends,

Would you like to find out more about the pedagogy of flexible, distance and online learning? Are you interested in continuing professional development and would like to connect and learn with educators from around the world?

Register for FDOL141 the open course offered by educational developers from the UK and Sweden starting on the 10 February 2014 to experience open collaborative learning over 6 weeks.

FDOL141 is a great opportunity to explore the pedagogies of flexible, distance and online learning with colleagues from around the world in multidisciplinary and cross-cultural contexts. FDOL141 uses collaborative learning practices, an open problem-based learning approach and focuses on building personal learning networks.

The course will assist you in understanding and evaluating the benefits and challenges students and tutors face in learning and teaching in the digital age. It will help you develop effective strategies for designing and implementing collaborative learning offers in various contexts, support learners and create stimulating learning opportunities.

Participation is open to everyone and there are no fees or subscriptions required.

What are you waiting for! If you would like to participate, please register at https://fdol.wordpress.com/registration/

Feel free to share this invite with colleagues who might also be interested.

We look forward to learning with you!

Chrissi Nerantzi @chrissinerantzi & Lars Uhlin @laruhl
FDOL organisers

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#fdol141 under re-development, date for your diary: 10 Feb 14 @openfdol

Hi,

Thank you for stopping by. We are very excited!!! We will be offering the next version of FDOL very soon. FDOL141 is an  informal collaboration between the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) and the Unit for Medical Education at Karolinska Institutet (KI) in Sweden. Colleagues from both institutions will facilitate this course together with colleagues from other institutions. FDOL141 will be offered as a Flex CPD opportunity for MMU teachers and a continuation course in higher education pedagogy for KI teachers.

Teachers at KI who are interested to know more about FDOL as a continuation course please access the announcement on the Karolinska home page.

The starting date of #FDOL141 is the 10th of February 2014 and the course  will be offered over 6 weeks. The registration will be open soon. Feel free to subscribe to the FDOL site to keep up-to-date.

We are currently making modifications based on participants’ feedback, our own reflections and observations and recent research findings. The FDOL132 is preserved and made available here too for individuals or groups who would like to use this course format. The plan is to make FDOL141 a course that has a longer life as such it will be more flexible and could be used in a variety of ways.

We are looking at the moment for further developers and groups of participants from different institutions who would like to join us for FDOL141 and become volunteer facilitators.  These could be FDOL131/FDOL132 participants but also others who are experienced developers/academics and feel comfortable and confident in open online courses and have experience in such environments. FDOL141 facilitators would participate in the online discussions, comment on portfolio work, organise weekly Google hangouts and provide support to individuals and groups when needed throughout the course.

A webinar with all facilitators will be organised in advance of FDOL141 and you will also be invited to join the facilitators’ community which we will be using to co-ordinate activities and support each other during FDOL141.

Please add a comment below if you would like to discuss this with us or send us an email at openfdol @ gmail.com (without the spaces). You can also tweet us at @openfdol using the hashtag #fdol141.

Speak again soon.

The FDOL team

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#fdol141 course site under re-development @openfdol

and a creative year to you all!

Please note, this site will be changing over the next few weeks as we will be working on developing #fdol141 which will start in February 2014. The current #fdol132 version will be moved to a specific page as we have done with #fdol131.

Thank you for your patience. We hope that some of you will join us in the New Year.

Chrissi and Lars

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the journey continues #fdol132 @openfdol #fdol141

new horizons

Hello everybody,

#FDOL132 has now officially come to an end. We really enjoyed working with you over the past 12 weeks and have learnt so much through this process. We hope that the course was valuable for you too and that you are taking things away from this experience which might  be useful for your practice.

#FDOL132 is a fully open course – no doors, no locks! – and all resources and spaces will remain open. So feel free to continue accessing and using them. Remember to add the appropriate attribution as indicated on the site (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/) if you use them as part of a course.

This site will start changing very soon as it will become a building site in preparation for #fdol141. FDOL132 will be moved into a separate folder on the same site.

Thanks again for sharing the past 12 week with us.

Keep in touch!

Chrissi, Lars, Maria and Neil

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Unit 7 sharing experiences #fdol132 @openfdol

Let’s celebrate together!

Dear colleague where did all the time go? We have now completed all main FDOL132 units and are entering unit 7 which is the last one. We are so pleased that so many of you have shown such a commitment and engaged really well with some of the course activities and most importantly have really used this as an opportunity to connect with others.

Unit 7 will be a great opportunity for all of us, and we include the facilitators as well  to reflect on our experiences and share these with each other. Please check out https://fdol.wordpress.com/units/unit-7-sharing/ for further information about this unit and engage in the suggested activities. If you are working within a PBL group, please complete all work up to unit 6 and share it with the community for feedback. Please remember to give feedback to others.  

The unit 7 webinar (trying to avoid writing ‘last’)  has been scheduled for Thursday the 5th of December 6.30-8pm (UK time). Please be there. We have increased the duration of this so that we can all have a bit more time as this is the webinar where we won’t have an external speaker. It will be just us FDOLers 😉 During this we would like us all to share our personal FDOL132 stories. What did you learn about yourself? What did you learn about learning in an open course? What did you learn about flexible, distance and online learning? What comes next? The webinar will be structured around these main questions. Feel free to use these and reflect on them in your portfolios and/or the Google + community.  

If you need our help, please let us know, ok? We really look forward working with you in unit 7 and know that this is not the end but a new beginning for all of us.

See you all online 😉

Chrissi, Lars, Maria and Neil

ps. We would love to hear from you if you are using FDOL in any way beyond this course. If you use, adapt, repurpose any of the FDOL resources, activities and/or the pedagogical design for another course, please remember to add the creative commons attribution linking back to FDOL and its creators (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/). Y

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Unit 6 open educational practice #fdol132 @openfdol

Discovering (each other)

Dear colleagues,

Unit 6 starts tomorrow. This is our last unit where a new theme is introduced. We hope you are enjoying the course so far and feel that you are learning and get ideas to make some changes to your practice as a result of your engagement and development. Feel free to share your ideas around this in the community.   

Unit 6 is all about open educational practice, something we all experience in FDOL132 as this is an open course ;). For more information about this unit, please access https://fdol.wordpress.com/units/unit-6-open-practices/  where you will find learning activities, useful resources, including recent papers from peer reviewed journals. Please continue reflecting in your portfolios and comment on work done by others. Remember also to comment on work completed by the groups, even if not a member.

A webinar has been scheduled for Thursday the 21st  of November with Simon Thomson, the Head of e-learning at Leeds Metropolitan University (UK) at 9.30am UK time who will discuss open educational practice with us. Consider following Simon on Twitter too (@digisim).   

Let’s continue the conversation! Remember to reflect on your learning and practice and share with the FDOL community so that we can further our understanding together. Google+ is available as an app for iPhone and Android devices so you can participate in conversations on-the-go 😉 There is also an Adobe Connect app available if you would like to try this too.

See you all online,

Chrissi, Lars, Maria and Neil

ps. We would love to hear from you if you are using FDOL in any way beyond this course. If you use, adapt, repurpose any of the FDOL resources, activities and/or the pedagogical design for another course, please remember to add the creative commons attribution linking back to FDOL and its creators (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/). You will find the creative commons licence agreement for FDOL at https://fdol.wordpress.com/

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Unit 5 supporting learning #fdol132 @openfdol

here for you

Dear colleagues,

Unit 5 starts tomorrow. The time did really fly. We are already over halfway through the FDOL132 course. We are really pleased for all of you who have found this course a positive experience and valuable to reflect on your practice. Many of you have used it also as an opportunity to experiment, and this is wonderful. The most wonderful thing for us is, that you have started creating professional relationships with colleagues from other institutions and disciplines and it has been a pleasure to experience how working in groups has developed over the last few weeks and is actually transforming into an enjoyable and valuable way of working and learning. We are also aware that some of you have experienced difficulties and we are open to suggestions. Please let us know if there is anything you would like to share with us, ok?

Unit 5 is all about supporting learning and learners and you all have some idea of what your needs are as a learner but also have started thinking about how you could help your students. For more information about this unit, please access https://fdol.wordpress.com/units/unit-5-supporting-learners/ where you will find useful resources also including some recent papers from peer reviewed journals. Please continue reflecting in your portfolios and comment on work done by others. We have seen that this is happening in some portfolio and are very pleased about this.

Let’s continue the conversation! Remember to reflect on your learning and practice and share with the FDOL community so that we can further our understanding together. Google+ is available as an app for iPhone and Android devices so you can participate in conversations on-the-go 😉 There is also an Adobe Connect app available if you would like to try this too.

See you all online,

Chrissi, Lars, Maria and Neil

ps. We would love to hear from you if you are using FDOL in any way beyond this course. If you use, adapt, repurpose any of the FDOL resources, activities and/or the pedagogical design for another course, please remember to add the creative commons attribution linking back to FDOL and its creators (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/). You will find the creative commons licence agreement for FDOL at https://fdol.wordpress.com/

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