Welcome to LRNT521 (Blended) – Digital Learning Environments, Networks, Communities

Welcome! In this course, you will be introduced to ways that digital learning is organized, and specifically, you will examine learning groups, networks, and communities. Throughout the course, you will create, curate, and reflect upon your digital presence and identity. In addition, you will improve your ability to find and synthesize information and convey it effectively to a variety of audiences. Through a series of activities, case studies and discussions, you will examine digital identity and presence; social forms of learning and organizational structures for digital learning; and, the impact of digital learning environments on society.

First Steps

Here are some recommended first steps based on the experience of previous students.

  1. Click on the Schedule link above to see what our course flow is over the pre-residency, residency and post-residency aspects of this course.
  2. Go to Unit 1 Overview and read what is required of you during the pre-residency timeframe so that you are prepared for our time together in Victoria.
  3. Dig into the Unit 1 Activities (scroll down the page) which include reviewing recorded sessions in the MALAT Virtual Symposium; starting your WordPress blog site and creating your first critical academic reflective blog post.
  4. Explore the rest of the course site as you are able but don’t worry, we will spend time getting into the rest of the details during Residency 🙂
  5. Have fun and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. You can use the “Ask the Instructor” forum in Moodle or email  directly.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Create a digital presence and cultivate a digital identity
  2. Identify various organizational features of digital learning environments
  3. Critically argue the implications of participating in learning networks and learning communities
  4. Identify the impact of networks and communities on cultures, organizations and society

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