Topic 04: Design for Online and Blended Learning

This week was another opportunity to add to my list of reading resources that could contribute to my teaching practice. During the Topic 01 weeks, my group’s focus was digital confidence and efficacy. The Three Dimensions of Openness surfaced during Topic 02. It made me think about how I can evaluate existing and build new Open Educational Practices for teaching and processes in Aalto Fablab. Topic 03 made me think about the concept of networked collaborative learning and how my involvement in Fab Academy relates to that.

Topic 03: Learning in Communities – Networked Collaborative Learning

Why collaborative learning? It has always felt a little bit like a burden. But then individual learning can be a burden too. I guess it depends on each individual’s previous group work experience. The Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning in Harward University has published an article about group work 1 that lists several reasons working in small groups is suitable for students. Group work is good because it is a chance for students to work on a project that is too complex for an individual or allow students to teach each other.

Topic 02: Challenges of Openness in Education and Learning

This week, we have explored the challenges of openness in education and learning. In my blog post, I will talk about openness in my teaching practice and connect it with concepts that surfaced during this week of the course. Introduction I work as a lab manager and teacher at the university. My teaching uses a digital fabrication laboratory, a fab lab. The lab is not only for education; one can build and measure things there.

Topic 01: Online Participation and Digital Literacies

This week felt like the actual beginning of the course. We started to talk to each other, and the structure of the conversation began to emerge, and we established rules of collaboration—many questions at the beginning and a bit less as we went along. By the way, our group is PBL 03. PBL stands for Problem-Based-Learning. For each topic, we are supposed to set up a FISh document. FISh stands for Focus, Investigate, Share.


I just got started with the ONL course and this is my first blog post about it. It took me some time to familiarize myself with all the guidelines, and I am sure that I missed some things, but I am also confident that these will be picked up along the way. I did have overlapping activities at the beginning of the course that prevented me from joining the Getting started sessions and the Connecting webinar on Monday 27 September.


Hi, my name is Krisjanis Rijnieks, I come from Riga, Latvia and am currently a part of Aalto Fablab, Aalto University in Espoo, Finland. I made this blog to document my participation in the Open Networked Learning (ONL) course.

I am interested in ONL because I am teaching another globally distributed course known as the Fab Academy. In ONL I expect to find new methods that I could use in my future practice.