Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Openness in Education - is it all about content?

Happy to be on #oped12, the Openness in Education MOOC, after sticking to 35 weeks of #change11.

The Course Outline is as below and it all seems to be related to OPEN CONTENT rather than OPEN LEARNING. Open learning is dealt with in the definition of Week 1, perhaps in Week 2 and in Future Trends in Week 12, the last week.

I do want to follow the content issues, both as OERs and in terms of digital scholarship, but would also like to learn from everyone about Open Learning, particularly about K-12 Open Learning approaches. There is clearly a great deal to learn about university level open learning approaches too.

Have asked George Siemens the following questions:
"1. Is it possible to include an open learning/teaching week? Is there enough going on in this area to warrant it?
2. Our interest is K-12 open learning - although there are things to learn from the university view too; should we have a K-12 learning strand, or even an extra week at the end for this sig?"

- BUT do not want to upset what must have been an extensive planning and preparation set up.

Has anyone on #oped12 who is interested in Open Learning and, in particular, K-12 Open Learning, got any ideas how we might complement this excellent opportunity to discuss Openness in Education?

Please comment below or use #opedK12 on Twitter. 

Course Introductions
Module 1 – Defining openness
- History of openness in higher education
- Types of openness: content, teaching, scholarship
Module 1 – Defining openness
- Current definitions and trends in openness
Module 2 – Licenses and content protection
- History of copyright
(Paper #1 due)
Module 2 – Licenses and content protection
- Alternative licensing systems
- Open source/Linux models
- Creative Commons
- Current copyright/content protection initiatives  (ACTA)
Module  3 –Models for developing open resources
- Crowdsource? Or Expert?
Module 3 – Models for developing open resources
- Economics and impact of open source
Module 4 – Searching for resources
- Semi-open resources (Wikipedia, iTunes, YouTube, Academic Earth)
(Paper #2 due)
Module 4 – Searching for resources
- OER databases
- Search engines
Module 5 – Scholarship
- Open access journals
- Informal peer review
Module 5 – Scholarship
- Open press and textbook publishing
Module 6 – Openness and systemic change
- Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)
- How does openness influence learning design?
- Do OERs save university money?
- Does the university’s role in society change when content is freely available?
(OER-based Learning module/resource due)
Module 7 – Future trends
- Open Teaching
- Open accreditation
(Concept map due)

Course Wrap-Up & Lessons Learned

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