Skip to 0 minutes and 5 secondsNICHOLAS FAIR: Hello, and welcome to the course. I'm Nic Fair.

Skip to 0 minutes and 8 secondsLISA HARRIS: And I'm Lisa Harris.

Skip to 0 minutes and 10 secondsNICHOLAS FAIR: And we are web scientists and digital educators here at the University of Southampton.

Skip to 0 minutes and 14 secondsLISA HARRIS: Now, the web has changed lots of things about the way we learn. On this course, you'll get to explore those changes and develop the skills and knowledge necessary to navigate in this network learning environment.

Skip to 0 minutes and 24 secondsNICHOLAS FAIR: We'll begin by exploring some of our digital differences. After all, we don't all behave the same offline, so why should we online? Next, you'll discover something about your personal learning network. This is the connection, online and offline, between the people, devices, services, and information. You'll find out more about this as we go along. You will also have exclusive access to your very own personal learning network map, which will help you to understand what your network looks like and how you use it.

Skip to 0 minutes and 50 secondsLISA HARRIS: Next, we'll be sharing lots of useful links and hints and tips for you to explore. We'll also be considering some of the issues you need to bear in mind, as you develop your skills. And finally, you'll get a chance to put it all into practise via a peer-reviewed round-up exercise.

Skip to 1 minute and 4 secondsNICHOLAS FAIR: And throughout the course, we hope you'll make maximum use of the Comments section, to share your thoughts and ideas, to support each other, and to learn from each other. This is your course, so the more you get involved, the more you'll get back.

Skip to 1 minute and 17 secondsLISA HARRIS: So, now it's over to you. We hope that you enjoy the course and come to think about your learning in a new and exciting way.

Welcome to the course

In this video, Dr Lisa Harris from the University of Exeter and Nicholas Fair from the University of Southampton’s Web Science Institute welcome you to the course.

This course provides you with the opportunity to be part of a community of students and teachers from across the university and globally, aiming to maximise their learning potential while at university and beyond.

Your online mentoring team

Along with Lisa and Nic, during each week, Jo Dixon, will also be providing online support. Look out for us all in the comments, and feel free to chat with us.

What will you have achieved by the end of the course?

If you follow the guided activities week by week and get fully involved, by the end of Week One you will be better able to:

  • Explain what it means to be a learner in the network age

  • Describe the impact of ‘digital differences’ on our learning networks

  • Investigate what your Personal Learning Network (PLN) looks like and identify patterns in how you currently use it

By the end of Week Two you will be able to more effectively:

  • Grow your PLN and assess the reliability of online information and services

  • Manage your PLN and your online identity

  • Activate your PLN for learning purposes

  • Explore a wide range of digital tools to assist with growing, managing and activating your PLN

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Learning in the Network Age

University of Southampton

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