My journey in ONL has come to an end. I’ve loved every minute of it. The new ideas learnt. The new friends from all around the world. And the confidence to take my newly learnt skills into this rapidly growing world of online education.

I have a few questions that I need to answer about my experience so here they are:

The biggest thing I have learnt from my experience on this course is to never lose the importance and use of…

For every topic we have group leads and this was the topic I co-lead with. Our scenario was the following:

“This year has seen higher education institutions respond to the impact of Covid-19 in an unprecedented manner. Due to this “emergency remote teaching and learning” situation I have been forced to move online and I have learnt a lot. But it seems that many of my colleagues, including myself, simply have copied our campus activities into synchronous online sessions and are providing students with material for self-study. I experience that we lose a lot of student engagement and a sense…

This topic was really cool to work on with my group as it opened up a lot of ideas in my head about creating an online course of my own.

The scenario for the week was this:

Most people I’ve come across have a rather weak idea of what it really means to learn collaboratively. Mostly, we fall back into the group-work mode from school — we divide tasks between us and glue them onto the same board when it comes to accounting of a group project. When digital tools is inserted into this equation, things tend to get even…

This topic was a bit of a challenging one for me as the term “open learning” seems to have many different meanings and interpretations. So during the first week of this, I have to admit I was a bit quiet during our group meetings as I wanted to first grasp and learn this concept of openness.

My understanding of openness is: learning resources and materials that are free to access which can be associated with an educational institution or created independently by an academic individual.

Each week we use a different tool to work collaboratively, so this particular week we…

So this blog post is slightly later than usual as life kicked in and some things get kicked to the curb.

I’ve been teaching online for the past 6–7 months, however this is my first time participating in an online course myself. I will say it has given me an insight into how a student can perceive online learning, the excitement and the doubts throughout the process. Nevertheless, my perspective has changed as I have also become a student again for the next 12 weeks.

Meeting new people is often scary for me. As I always play some sort of…

I have read many articles that have the title “How to become a great worship leader” but I found them lacking in what I was really trying to find. The common factor I found, with all of them, was that they all had some 5–10 point to-do list, that will help you become a better worship leader in a practical sense. Which is great to a certain point, but I feel that being a great worship leader begins with a few things I like to call “heart stances.”

What do I mean by this?

Psalm 4:23 challenges us in this…

I made a promise to myself and to the small sphere of people that I influence. To open myself up to be vulnerable through my life as I live it out and through what I post on social media.

I gave myself a goal to be 100% authentic. What you see on my social is 100% accurate, nothing is a highlight reel to distract you from the imperfections of my life.

With that being said, some of you might have noticed I haven’t been very active on social media for the last 5 months. But I want to specifically want…

If you were to ask me to give you one word that describes leadership, I would not say “authority.” In fact, the one word that I would give you is this: influence. Although that word is the fundamental foundation of leadership, that’s not what this article is about.

I recently attended two things this weekend:

Why am I telling you this? Well, I love going to these kind of events as these give me an opportunity to grow and to gain new insight in this journey we call “LIFE.”

If I were to describe my life for the past few months, it hasn’t been that great. I’ve been unmotivated in every area of my life. My spiritual life and time with God has taken a steep decline. I started neglecting my health, I lacked effort in my close relationships, certain goals I had in mind to conquer over the next few months just weren’t going to happen because of my lack of motivation. I lost my drive and my purpose in life become very vague.

Before writing this post, I’ve always been scared to share my view of life…

Joshua Riley

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