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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: https://www.amazon.com/Learning-Ecologies-Bill-Cope/dp/1138193720 Additional online resources are available here: https://newlearningonline.com/e-learning -------------------------------- 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: https://newlearningonline.com/kalantzis-and-cope/learning-design-and-leadership-program And you can apply here: https://education.illinois.edu/epol/programs-degrees/ldl -------------------------------- 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 https://www.coursera.org/learn/elearning New Learning: Principles and Patterns of Pedagogy https://www.coursera.org/learn/newlearning Assessment for Learning https://www.coursera.org/learn/assessmentforlearning Learning, Knowledge, and Human Development https://www.coursera.org/learn/learning-knowledge-human-development Ubiquitous Learning and Instructional Technologies https://www.coursera.org/learn/ubiquitouslearning Negotiating Learner Differences: Towards Productive Diversity in Learning https://www.coursera.org/learn/learnerdifferences Literacy Teaching and Learning: Aims, Approaches and Pedagogies https://www.coursera.org/learn/literacy-teaching-learning Multimodal Literacies: Communication and Learning in the Era of Digital Media https://www.coursera.org/learn/multimodal-literacies...

Top reviews

LR

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.

BG

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!!!

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By Laurence B C

Jun 09, 2020

Thanks for the wonderful opportunity to learn more on e-learning ecologies.

By Elke H

Jun 02, 2017

so interesting, multi-layered and stimulating. As somebody not in the

By Hülya M

Feb 05, 2017

The content of the course is satisfying. I recommend it.

By manisha o

Jul 29, 2020

I love to learn such topics in future as well

By Dylan88

Sep 15, 2018

Good interpretation, logic reason

By Kelly J C

Dec 02, 2019

The course content was relevant.

By Marike B

Jun 03, 2019

Great course - very informative!

By Mikaela M

Sep 04, 2017

wonderful inspirational course

By Kiran G

Jan 02, 2018

Eye opener for any teacher!!

By Lasandra C

May 07, 2020

love this course

By Ayman S H E

Jul 15, 2020

Excellent

By Cyle C

Dec 24, 2019

Thank You

By mohamed a m a

Aug 11, 2020

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By Peter A

Sep 21, 2020

This course had AMAZING content. The information in the videos was enough to keep me thinking about Instructional Design for a long time. I knocked it down a star, though, because:

1. The Scholar and Coursera thing, though, it worked OK, was a little weird. I get that you want to funnel students into your platform, but it was still a little weird. That being said, it worked pretty smoothly.

2. I LITERALLY found about a dozen or so "updates" in a row that were directly plagiarized. I worked hard and thought hard about mine. I was proud of the ~300 words I wrote for each of them. It was a dispiriting experience to realize that many of the people in this class are probably getting by with just copying content. That blemishes the whole class for me. Please deal with this.

Otherwise, the content is fantastic. Feel free to contact me to discuss bullet point 2 if you'd like. thanks, peter

By Gayathri

May 02, 2017

Overall, it was an interesting course that touched upon various learning/teaching strategies. The course is relevant in the present times of digital transformation sweeping the globe. As responsible citizens, we need to keep reinventing the wheel when it comes our learning and teaching mindset. In this respect, this course has been a catalyst to nudge us to think and expand our cognitive horizons. Thank you!

By Regina K

Jul 26, 2017

The course provided a good round-up on how learning environments are changing and on which means teachers have at disposal to provide state-of-the-art education in the digital age. Weekly assignments and peer reviews help to reflect and apply the concepts of modern learning environments. Still, it gets sometimes a bit monotonous because the assignment tasks are always the same.

By Marina B M

Sep 23, 2019

O conteúdo do curso é excelente. A única dificuldade é a avaliação. Por ser uma peer evaluation ficamos na dependência dos outros participantes avaliarem, o que atrapalha um pouco a continuidade do curso. Além disso, como não há necessidade de se justificar as avaliações, algumas delas parecem ser feitas superficialmente, sem que o peer tenha de fato lido nossos textos.

By Rufo R M

Apr 16, 2020

The course itself is superb and the teachers are great. But the online facilities, specifically the submission of peer-reviewed assignments are problematic. Overall. the course is highly recommended for those who are in the field of education.

By Patrice W G J

Jul 11, 2020

The course accomplished my objective--giving me new ideas on which to think about and consider. I wish there were a bit more examples or simulations to show effective methods of applying these approaches in a virtual ecology.

By Anuj G

Sep 13, 2017

An effective course for all those working as teachers, eLearning content creators, instructional designers and allied stake holders. It gives an innovative approach to think with latest affordances of eLearning.

By Laura T E

Jun 01, 2020

Great content regarding online learning environments. More oversight of participants needed, especially regarding posted assignments (plagiarism) and peer reviews (arbitrary grading).

By Mary L

Jul 06, 2020

A good general survey of instruction and incorporating digital technologies. I enjoyed the course but did not particularly care for the assignments that were redundant.

By Patsy

Feb 02, 2019

Very practical course. some concepts are a little difficult to grasp at first, but once I understood, i could see how powerful these knowledge are when applied.

By Jad

Jun 19, 2020

Interesting framework and course set up. As someone who is looking to optimize his learning process, this has been valuable to me.

By Alexander D

Nov 17, 2016

Thanks for this great course! It was very interesting and informative, and I learned a lot about e-learning.