The focus for the course is on you engaging with the theory, technology and practice of networked and global learning (NGL) for you as:
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.
The experience you gain in the above will be drawn upon to think about how you can use NGL to support your learners.
The semester will be split into two modules:
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.
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.
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.