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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


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!!!


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 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 4, 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 Isobel H A

Jan 8, 2021

Thank you for the energy and effort you invested into creating this relevant and engaging course. I'm delighted with the amount of content we covered!

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 Rabea B

Jan 11, 2021

It was a very interesting course, and I was able to use some of my background knowledge and extend it in this field of e-learning in particular.

By Dawn H

Nov 2, 2020

This course really helped to push my understanding of how education is changing and continues to evolve with the changing pace of the world.

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 9, 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 5, 2020

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


Jun 5, 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 6, 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 Neha C

Nov 10, 2021

Very informative and amazing Course.

Learned different strategies and innovative approaches for the present digital age.

By Bianca H

Jul 26, 2021

A very useful course, food for thought, friendly and intuitive approach! I enjoyed the experience! Highly recommended!

By Linh N

Apr 25, 2020

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


May 29, 2023

Valuable and wonderful content and the presentation of information is simple and accessible.Thank you


Mar 30, 2023

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نعم هكذا يجب ان يكون التعلم والتعليم

By Maha K

Sep 17, 2019

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


Mar 17, 2023

I benefited a lot from this course about distance learning and the use of what is new about learning

By Constance P

May 1, 2020

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

By Leslie K

Dec 15, 2023

This was an interesting, informative course that allowed me to learn and reply at my own pacing.

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