6. Open Teaching and MOOCs

Opening Courses, Little by Little

Many of us, dissatisfied by the idea of just publishing course materials like OpenCourseWare, have been trying to figure out how to make our courses themselves more open for several years. Since 2004 I have worked to make my courses more and more open each semester (archeologists may enjoy poking around the wiki where I organized these open classes). In this (50 minute) video, I explain the context of open education in 2009 and my iterative attempts up to that point to make my courses increasingly open.

David Wiley talks about open education. Attribution for this video goes to psutlt.

After watching the video, spend some time exploring these additional resources:

Activities for Open Teaching and MOOCs

Have you ever taken an open online course (before this one)? What was your experience like? How would you redesign open online courses, if you could? What should I do to improve this course? (Don't be bashful - I want to make this course as good as I can!)

Does the cMOOC / xMOOC distinction matter in practice? As long as the courses are free-to-enroll, why does it matter whether or not the course content is openly licensed? Are the xMOOCs a step ahead for access to educational opportunity, since they seem to have such popular appeal? Or are they a step backward from cMOOCs, since they abandon open licensing and other core cMOOC pedagogical values? Publish your answers to these questions, in writing or in video, on your blog.

Remember - to submit (aka share) your work all you have to do is publish your blog post and link to it in a comment below!


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