This course focuses on Open Education. There are many different 'flavours' or interpretations of what openness means in education and this study unit explores them over a seven week course.
After studying this course, you will:
- understand the issues in open education
- be able to critically appraise the evidence around open education
- have experienced what it is like to participate in an open course.
The course starts on 16 March.
Like all the free materials in the OpenLearn Try section, this unit is open to the wider world but, uniquely, it also forms part of the module for students who are studying OU module H817 Openness and innovation in elearning.
This research led OU innovation was created by Professor Martin Weller, Institute of Educational Technology. With a mix of formal and informal distance learners there will be forums and blogs to support the course. MOOCs are not supported in the same way as formal OU courses, so there will be a greater emphasis on using tools such as Twitter to interact with other learners.
What is a MOOC?
MOOCs are free online courses, open to anybody and everybody anywhere in the world. They usually bring together large numbers of learners and instructors across a common field of knowledge. While MOOCs provide weekly topics, activities, discussions and resources, learners actively engage in all aspects of the experience, sharing ideas in forums, undertaking collaborative or reflective activities, and using a variety of social media.