This blog is intended to support the USQ course Networked and Global Learning (NGL). The site is in the process of being updated for the 2016 offering of the course.

Course focus

The focus for the course is on you engaging with the theory, technology and practice of networked and global learning (NGL) for you as:

  • student;

    This is you as a student in formal education. What does formal study look like in a NGL world? How will you transform your practice as a student in this course? What can you learn from that for you as teacher?

  • learner; and,

    This is you as learner in non-formal contexts. You will be asked to identify something you would like to learn (e.g. how to bake bread, play a musical instrument, or just about anything else) and then draw on NGL to undertake that learning in an open and public way.

  • teacher.

    The experience you gain in the above will be drawn upon to think about how you can use NGL to support your learners.

Course structure

The semester will be split into two modules:

  1. Module 1 – Weeks 1-8: Living and learning about NGL.

    Where you embrace Networked and Global Learning (NGL) and hopefully generate lots of new knowledge about what NGL means to you as a learner, student and teacher.

  2. Module 2 – Weeks 9-15: NGL and you as teacher.

    Where you take the insights about NGL you have devleoped during Module 1 and plan how you will harness these to support your learners.


The shape and content of this course is shaped by the networks that surround all the participants. Perhaps most significantly is the prior version of the course and its wonderfully detailed and intricate collection of resources and activities; and, the network of open educators and researchers that have influenced and challenged us all by working and sharing in the open.

This course, in its current form, would not be possible without those influences.

Background image

The following acknowledges the current background image.

I like this image for a number of reasons. First, it was one I found quite early on in my search for Creative Commons licensed images on Flickr. But more importantly it has a number of interesting links to the course. It captures the networked structure of our brains – which are important to some of the conceptions of NGL we look at – but it also includes a harking back to our more traditional hierarchical/tree-like conceptions of knowledge etc. Conceptions that underpin much of how we think and act and which perhaps need to be challenged by NGL. And perhaps more importantly its an interesting, creative, attractive, and effective image.

8 thoughts on “About

  1. Philip Wong (@dreamsyslearn)

    I am a newly enrolled USQ student in your course and I am excited to be part of this experiment. This course called ‘Networked and Global Learning’ is – in my mind – the opportunity for different perspectives and critical analyses of a cross-section of ‘on-line learning’ and ‘instructional design practices’. What works, what doesn’t work, and why? Just because a course is available ‘online’ doesn’t mean that it is going to work, and that students are going to be grateful and come in droves. (Yes – there is a bit of gossip about an online course that was supposed to run, but that got pulled at the last minute because it ran out of gas or something).
    I want to find out the answers to this puzzle and more, so i am happy I joined this group and the course. And I am looking forward to researching these web 2.0 tools, many of which I haven’t found a good enough reason to USE.Thanks for the opportunity DTJ.


    1. Philip Wong (@dreamsyslearn)

      Oh I forgot, and to see the group is into sharing thoughts and research about gamification! and examples such as Badges. Do they work? Can they work? Anyone know? I get badges in my learning progress, but I’m not convinced its all it’s cracked up to be. Is this the future of online assessment? I’m not sold on this idea.


    2. David Jones Post author

      G’day Phillip, Welcome to the course. Lots of good questions that I hope you, I and everyone else is able to explore in more detail as the course progresses (and that the course design aids in that exploration). In particular, I’m hoping we can get stuck into these discussions via our personal blogs. I’m hoping that will be more conducive to discussion than just replying on this blog. But that’s also a proposition up for debate in the course. David.


      1. Paul Size

        Hi all, I’m really keen to see where this course heads. I like the idea and I think with as much bouncing around of ideas as possible it will be great fun.


  2. paulsize

    Hi David, once we have created our blog – how does it link up with all of the others. And where can I see the other blogs that colleagues have created?



    1. David Jones Post author

      G’day Paul, This is a focus in the Week 2 material. The approach I’m suggesting revolves around the use of the EDU8117 opml file (that I’m updating as people register their blog on the study desk) and Feedly. In fact, one of the tasks set this week is for you to figure out your Personal Knowledge Management (PKM) routine, of which following the blogs of others is a big part.
      If it’s not entirely clear from the week 2 stuff, ask away.


  3. angelawaters2015

    Hello All!
    Wow this sounds like a very interesting course to be doing, I cant wait to gain a better understanding of how to deliver a course utilising these types of tools that are increasingly more available for the many rather than just the few. The challenge to keep people focused or utilised technology in my field is very real so the more options available the better my chances are.


    1. David Jones Post author

      G’day Angela, It will be interesting to see how your thoughts progress as the semester goes on. I will mention that I hope we’ll be going a little beyond just how to use the tools and touching a bit on new ways of conceiving learning/teaching etc. Time will tell. David.

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