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Learning in the Network Age

  • Categories IT
  • Duration 26h
  • Total Enrolled 8
  • Last Update January 12, 2024

About Course

University of Southampton


Develop the skills to succeed in education today.

Digital technologies have fundamentally changed how we learn. The web is no longer simply an information resource, but also a space for interaction, scholarship and creativity.

In this world where knowledge is widely distributed, accessibility is determined by and dependent on the strength of an individual’s learning network. This course will equip you with the skills needed to succeed in education, in this networked age. You’ll explore our digital differences and how to address them and examine ways to grow and manage your own personal learning network.


What topics will you cover?

  • How we learn in the network age (learning theory)
  • Understanding digital inequalities and digital citizenship in an educational context
  • What your Personal Learning Network (PLN) looks like and how you use it
  • Growing your network – making new connections and assessing reliability
  • Contributing to your network – managing your online identity (single vs multiple); creating and sharing
  • Putting your network to work – searching; sending/requesting/posting; collaborating

Who will you learn with?

Nicholas Fair

I’m a Web Scientist and Digital Educator interested in Personal Learning Networks and their impact on higher education.



Christian Bokhove

I am an Associate Professor in Mathematics Education within Southampton Education School. I specialise in international comparative research and the use of technology.



Who developed the course?

University of Southampton

Southampton is a place for ambitious people keen to stretch their intellectual abilities and help change the world.



What Will I Learn?

  • Explain what it means to learn in the network age (where, when, how and with/from whom we learn as networked individuals in a network society)
  • Reflect on the impact on education of digital inequalities such as access, openness, ownership and inclusion
  • Explore digital tools for finding, using and storing information; communicating and collaborating; and creating, presenting and sharing ideas
  • Investigate your personal learning network and develop network skills in how to grow, manage and activate it more effectively

Topics for this course

18 Lessons26h

Getting started?

Welcome to 'Learning in the Network Age'. You will find information about the course structure and getting involved. Plus, you will meet the course educators and the online mentoring team.
Do we need to ‘learn’ anything in the Network Age?
Welcome to the Course
What you need to know about the course

How do we learn??

We will begin by thinking about how we like to learn, then we will discover a range of different learning theories.

Our digital differences?

Discover how social inequalities are reflected in differences in online practices and how this impacts our learning networks.

Your Personal Learning Network (PLN)?

Create your own Personal Learning Network map and discover what your network looks like and how you use it.

Summary activities?

In this final activity we summarise the main points covered this week and encourage you to reflect on what you've learned.

Student Feedback


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Great course. The lecturers are very knowledgeable on the subject matter, and are excellent speakers. They keep it interesting and engaging.

This course is very informative and offers great tips that i can utilize in the workplace.

This is a great course. It has what it takes to keep one engaged, including datas, videos and pdfs.

Writing clearly and concise contents is the digital technologies whether personal or professionally.


Material Includes

  • Official Certificate


  • You do not need any special software, although the when you map your own learning network it may be better to do so on a device with a large screen (e.g. not a smartphone).

Target Audience

  • This course will be useful to anyone in Higher Education, or who is planning to be. It will also be of value to HE educators wishing to close the gap between the traditional instructional style of university teaching and the more interactive means of communication available today.