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About the Course

For three decades and longer we have heard educators and technologists making a case for the transformative power of technology in learning. However, despite the rhetoric, in many ways and at most institutional sites, education is still relatively untouched by technology. Even when technologies are introduced, the changes sometimes seem insignificant and the results seem disappointing. If the print textbook is replaced by an e-book, do the social relations of knowledge and learning necessarily change at all or for the better? If the pen-and-paper test is mechanized, does this change the nature of our assessment systems? Technology, in other words, need not necessarily bring significant change. Technology might not even represent a step forward in education. But what might be new? How can we use technologies to innovate in education? This course explores seven affordances of e-learning ecologies, which open up genuine possibilities for what we call New Learning – transformative, 21st century learning: 1. Ubiquitous Learning 2. Active Knowledge Making 3. Multimodal Meaning 4. Recursive Feedback 5. Collaborative Intelligence 6. Metacognition 7. Differentiated Learning These affordances, if recognized and harnessed, will prepare learners for success in a world that is increasingly dominated by digital information flows and tools for communication in the workplace, public spaces, and personal life. This course offers a wide variety of examples of learning technologies and technology implementations that, to varying degrees, demonstrate these affordances in action. -------------------------------- Recommended Background -------------------------------- This course is designed for people interested in the future of education and the "learning society," including people who may wish to join education as a profession, practicing teachers interested in exploring future directions for a vocation that is currently undergoing transformation, and community and workplace leaders who regard their mission to be in part "educative." -------------------------------- Related Resources -------------------------------- This course is based on the following book: Additional online resources are available here: -------------------------------- Take this Course for Credit at the University of Illinois -------------------------------- This course has the same content and anticipates the same level of contribution by students in the e-Learning Ecologies course offered to graduate certificate, masters, and doctoral level students in the Learning Design and Leadership Program in the College of Education at the University of Illinois. Of course, in the nature of MOOCs many people will just want to view the videos and casually join some of the discussions. Some people say that these limited kinds of participation offer evidence that MOOCs suffer from low retention rates. Far from it – we say that any level of engagement is good engagement. On the other hand, if you would like to take this course for credit at the University of Illinois, you will find more information about our program here: And you can apply here: -------------------------------- The Learning Design and Leadership Series of MOOCs -------------------------------- This course is one of a series of eight MOOCs created by Bill Cope and Mary Kalantzis for the Learning Design and Leadership program at the University of Illinois. If you find this MOOC helpful, please join us in others! e-Learning Ecologies: Innovative Approaches to Teaching and Learning for the Digital Age New Learning: Principles and Patterns of Pedagogy Assessment for Learning Learning, Knowledge, and Human Development Ubiquitous Learning and Instructional Technologies Negotiating Learner Differences: Towards Productive Diversity in Learning Literacy Teaching and Learning: Aims, Approaches and Pedagogies Multimodal Literacies: Communication and Learning in the Era of Digital Media

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Apr 13, 2020

This course was very interesting and thought provoking. I would certainly recommend for any teacher that is now trying to work with their students from within an online forum. Thank you!!!


Jul 09, 2020

This course is Amazing. The learning opportunity helps me to become more EQUIPT with the necessary information and practices that I need to be more effective in my work. Thank you so much.

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By Brenda G

Apr 13, 2020

This course was very interesting and thought provoking. I would certainly recommend for any teacher that is now trying to work with their students from within an online forum. Thank you!!!

By Andrea F H

Aug 01, 2018

Great course ! It will definitely change my way of teaching for blended classes or even for face-to-face classes. Thanks a lot to Bill and Maria and everyone of the staff of this MOOC ! 😊

By Julie A G C

Jul 12, 2020

The course is enriched with innovative approaches that will help educators in teaching and learning. It also share the new educational tools in approach to e-learning setting.

By Rajesh M

Aug 01, 2020

This is a wonderful course which gives complete insight on how to evolve in the digital ecology and be prepared for the future. Thanks to the knowledgeable professors.

By Mr. N C

Jun 12, 2020

It was refreshing to know and learn about the path breaking concepts in Teaching and Learning. The course is a must for all digital age aspiring teachers and educators.

By itsik a

Aug 04, 2020

very interesting course which gives a lot of methodology but more important offers the opportunity to think differently and to get inspired. truely recomend!

By Mayela B R R

May 24, 2020

Me encantó el curso, es mi primera vez realizando un curso en esta plataforma y la verdad, me quedo con un excelente sabor de boca. Ampliamente recomendado.

By Pilar M

Apr 29, 2019

It is a very complete course, with multiple resources and relevant information, not only for school settings, but for many more.

Highly recommended

By Phil M

Jul 19, 2020

Very interesting- the next stage would be to understand some o fthe fundamentals of course design that allow the affordances to take shape.

By Ruta S

Sep 09, 2019

Excellent content. One of a few courses where I actually took notes while watching the lectures and downloaded and saved all materials.

By Olanike A

Nov 22, 2018

This course was well packages with hands on activities that were engaging. I really enjoyed taking the course and I have learnt a lot.

By Eric G

Aug 10, 2020

This course was eye-opening and inspiring. If my financial situation allowed, I would enroll ina masters program immediately.

By Maria M P C

Aug 05, 2020

I learned significant new knowledge and new insights into the eLearning ecologies eapecially the 7 affordancesof eLearning.


Jun 05, 2020

Beautifully organized and carefully planned course. Lots of insights and new ideas will be with you once you complete it.

By Paco M

Feb 06, 2017

The course is amazing. It gives you a good grasp on how e-learning can be used to better apply existing learning concepts.

By Linh N T T

Apr 26, 2020

A great course with interesting content, organized structure, and wonderful instruction and explanations.

By Maha K

Sep 17, 2019

Great course and I do recommend it for all educators and learning professionals. Thank you very much.

By Constance R M P

May 01, 2020

Many insights for the learner of the future and the methodologies available to get there. Excellent!

By Jim

Jan 29, 2018

Great framework for thinking about the types of educational experiences that technology enables.

By M T A

Jun 25, 2020

very informative and modern concepts in e-learning has been discussed which was interesting

By Sakunthala C

Jul 05, 2020

Provides educators with a wide perspective of how to approach teaching and learning

By Tessa C

May 04, 2020

If you want to reflect on the revolutionary potential of e-learning do this course!

By Cecilia S G

Aug 04, 2020

An extraordinary course in a time when e-Learning has become of great relevance.

By naglaa t a

Jul 28, 2020

Thank you very much for the helpful information I got, I hope for more progress

By Carla W

Jul 28, 2020

I learned so much in this course, and know that I will be a better instructor.