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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

BG
Apr 12, 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!!!

LR
Jul 8, 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 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 1, 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 6, 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 1, 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.

By Nida A

Jun 1, 2020

Excellent start for passionate educators - those who want to make a difference in education systems

By Jeevadharani R

Jul 17, 2019

Wonderful approaches in E-learning were shared among the particiapnts.

By CHICAS S S M

Jul 10, 2020

The tasks sometimes were difficult to understand and develop.

By Dorottya B

May 30, 2018

Interesting overview.

By RAVURI D R

Apr 26, 2020

Very interesting...

By Mohammed N A A

Jul 15, 2020

very easy

By LaNessa H

Oct 31, 2020

This course does not represent what they are teaching. It talks about active learning but is actually based on watch videos, write an “update” and then review peer work. The peer work of many does not follow the prompt at all. Then 3 other “peers” review your work with possibly no comments on improvements or that they can’t follow the link you share. No valid comments- but yet you are to resubmit? The peers could be one of the many that did not follow the prompt. Very dissatisfied with the e-learning. There also seems to be nowhere to ask for technical help in regards to the url link to your post not being hyperlinked. Also the points distribution is not appropriate. Research shows that “peers” are tougher on grading other peers as that is not in their repertoire. Horrible! Nothing like a Professor-student relationship.

By Mariana P V

Jan 18, 2021

It is confusing where/how to post required assignments and how to get credit for reviewing the work of peers. The multiple platforms (Coursera AND Scholar) don't talk to each other in terms of getting credit for the work done. As a result, you sit around waiting for someone to review your written response and can't finish the course. Because where/how to post is so confusing, I am waiting to review 5 assignments that still show as "there are no assignments available to review" and so I can't complete the course in a timely manner.

By Dr S s

Apr 18, 2020

not useful