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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 Deleted A

Nov 9, 2021

It was really a great heap ahead into the understanding of learning for the digital age.

By Ben-Natasha J

Nov 16, 2020

A wonderful enlightening course that has given me a new perspective on online learning.

By khalilullah K

May 8, 2023

Now I have learnt many more potential computer technology has for learning.

Thank you


Mar 29, 2023

Really rich and useful scientific material, thanks and appreciation for your efforts

By Sakunthala C

Jul 5, 2020

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

By Tessa C

May 4, 2020

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

By Cecilia S G

Aug 3, 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 Enas B

Mar 1, 2023

learned a knowledge about e learning and the tools that is used for it. thanks

By Carla W

Jul 28, 2020

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

By Meaad a A

Apr 13, 2023

معلومات عظيمة وجميلة ومفهوم اخور في بيئات التعلم الالكتروني ومبتكرة

شكر لكم

By Laurence B C

Jun 9, 2020

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


Mar 14, 2023

i have learnt many strategies , thank you for giving us the opportunity


Apr 11, 2023

it was amazing and breath taking with a lot of information and websites

By Athina

Dec 30, 2020

Though-provoking and extremely useful to anyone working in education!

By Elke H

Jun 2, 2017

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

By مفرح ا

Jun 1, 2023

مهم اختلف المتعلم في ثقافاته فلم يعد هذا عائقا امام التعليم التقني

By نواف ب س ب ز ا

Apr 9, 2023

ممتعة للغاية ، واكتسبنا استراتيجيات في التعلم جديدة . شكراً جزيلاً

By Manal A S B

Mar 19, 2023

such a great course and great trainers . Thanks for your efforts

By Muhammet A

Oct 24, 2021

It was so constructivist and sufficient course, I learned a lot!

By RL2020

Jul 13, 2021

The topics and discussions are really informative and insightful

By Ximena C

Nov 26, 2020

A great course, I'm thinking to take another course with you!

By بشرى ع خ ا ا

May 6, 2023

كانت تجربة جميلة جدا

وتعلمت امور كثيرة من خلال التعلم الذاتي


Apr 2, 2023

It was a course rich in essential skills for me as a teacher


Mar 31, 2023

الدورة رائعة ولقد استفدت منها كثير .. شكرا للقائمين عليها .