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Learner Reviews & Feedback for e-Learning Ecologies: Innovative Approaches to Teaching and Learning for the Digital Age by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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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 -------------------------------- Online resources are available here: -------------------------------- Join our Online Communities! -------------------------------- CGScholar (Create an account and join the New Learning community) Facebook Twitter -------------------------------- 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 Assessment for Learning 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

Top reviews


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.


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!!!

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By Dr. I G

Jun 30, 2021

It was nicely designed and there were lot of opportunities for community and social learning. Both the instructors were excellent.

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 Neha G

May 17, 2021

The course contains the information about the type of environment required for e learning in a practical and innovative way.

By Stephanie E

May 17, 2021

The course was interesting in that it opened up more ways that children can learn using learning technologies.

By German E

Mar 19, 2021

Interesting. Don't expect to acquire competencies, but allows you to become aware of new interesting concepts.

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.


Jul 10, 2020

The tasks sometimes were difficult to understand and develop.

By Dorottya B

May 30, 2018

Interesting overview.


May 13, 2023

دورة رائعة

شكراً لكم


Apr 26, 2020

Very interesting...

By ناصر م ا

Apr 22, 2023

اشكركم جزيل الشكر

By بدور ع ب ا

Jun 12, 2023

مفيدة و ممتعه

By Turki M A

Mar 4, 2023

very helpful

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Mar 23, 2023


By Mohammed N A A

Jul 15, 2020

very easy

By سلطان ح ن ا

May 21, 2023


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By Johnathan K

Mar 4, 2022

Full of fantastic knowledge, but the times on the weekly assignments are way off. This class must have a pre req because I am 100% lost.


May 16, 2023

المواضيع غير واضحة والمهام غير محددة أجد صعوبة في تلقي تقييم الاقران الأفضل لو كانت اختبارات وأسئلة

By monica w

Feb 23, 2024

have to pay