In Topic 2 we will explore the benefits and challenges of openness in education and learning, focusing especially on open educational resources (OERs), open and closed technologies and open participation in courses.
By the end of this topic, you will have had the opportunity to
- discuss open resources, open/closed tools and open participation courses
- reflect on different aspects of openness in your own context
- review in groups open features of the chosen activity/resource
- inquire into open educational practices related to a specific scenario
Activities for all learners
Before you do anything else watch Alastair Creelman’s introduction to openness in education, explaining concepts like open educational resources, Creative Commons, sharing, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) etc: https://connect.sunet.se/p1jaru4k1qo/
After watching the introduction please post your questions and thoughts on this Padlet page that will be the basis of our discussion webinar, 19 October.
In the Webinar – open education on Wednesday 19 October, 15.00 – 16.00 (Sweden) we will discuss many of the issues raised in Alastair’s introduction lecture. During the webinar you will be able to discuss the questions in small groups and then present your ideas to the rest of the participants You can also, during the entire week, share your thoughts in the ONL Google+ community about your own professional experience of open resources, tools and open courses.
Learning blog – reflection
Suggested themes for reflection in your learning blog:
- what openness means for your own practice
- how to find and use openly licensed resources
- advantages and disadvantages of open and closed technologies
- implications of different open course and MOOC formats in relation to your learning experience on this course.
A reminder: If you are aiming for a certificate you need to both write reflective posts within a blog and comment on others (see how to participate).
Don’t forget the to fill in the Activity tracker!
PBL group work
For guidance on PBL group work including the FISh design please see Learning activities. Choose one of the scenarios below:
I spend a lot of time preparing resources for my sessions and my students say they find them really useful. I have read a bit now about open educational resources and wonder if I should share my resources in some way. Could people take my material out of context or use it in the wrong way. How can I share my resources in a responsible way and what advantages are there for me as a teacher?
Similarly I often use photos, diagrams and films in my teaching but I’m not sure whether I’m allowed to use them. How can we use educational resources responsibly and should we also try to help our students understand these issues?
I’m interested in opening up some of my courses, maybe even offering them as MOOCs, but I don’t really know where to start. What options are there for offering courses that are open to all? How should I change the course structure, pedagogy and use of technology? What are the opportunities and dangers of “going open”?
Get that experience!
ONL is a type of MOOC, though not so massive as most of them. If you have no experience of a MOOC you may want to enrol in one, just to have a look. Class Central is a good place to search for MOOCs from all the main platforms in the world. Browse the different courses and see what you can find (you may have to register in order to see the activity).
During this second topic you are encouraged to continue to use your Twitter account. Are there, for example, any open resources (OER) that you have found useful that you can share? Remember to use the hashtag #ONL162 when tweeting.
Suggested readings and resources
- Creative Commons guide. Nice short overview to CC-licensing by Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand.
- Open education and the future, Short TED-talk by David Wiley
- What is a MOOC? Short explanation by Dave Cormier, one of the people behind the first ever MOOC.
- Weller, M., & Anderson, T. (2013). Digital resilience in higher education. European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning, 16(1), 53.
Further readings and resources
- Watson, K. (2014) Learning management system or the open web? Cofa Videos, Learning to teach online UNSW. Available with a related pdf here.
- Weller, M. (2014). Battle for Open: How openness won and why it doesn’t feel like victory. London: Ubiquity Press.
(If you can, try to read all of this excellent overview of the whole question of openness but if you can’t, focus on Chapter 4, Open Educational Resources, and Chapter 5, MOOCs.)
- Bates, T. (2015). Teaching in a Digital Age: Guidelines for Teaching and Learning.
(This is probably the best guide there is today to teaching in a digital context. Worth reading the whole book but for this unit you can focus on Chapter 10, Trends in open education.)
- Dos Santos, A., Punie, Y., Munoz, J. (2016). Opening up education. A support framework for higher education institutions. European Commission JRC Science for Policy Report.
(Excellent review of open education in Europe today.)