Creative Commons licenses provide a flexible range of protections and freedoms for authors, artists, and educators. I recently spoke with Larry Cooperman, director of OpenCourseWare at the University of California, Irvine (UCI).
An alternative to MOOCs? OpenChem project shares the equiv of 4yrs of classes as alt path to learning chemistry
Law reform is required to support innovation and enable Australian universities to compete with the rest of the world in online education, say leading Australian educators.In their submissions to the…...
The sector is particularly concerned that current “fair dealing” provisions in the Copyright Act do not support the use of copyrighted material in the delivery of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).
“The University supports copyright law reform that will foster new and innovative ways of providing education to a wider audience,” wrote University of Sydney Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence in the university’s submission to the review.
MOOCs are intended to be open and connect learners, and to enable aggregation, remixing, re-purposing, and feeding forward. MOOCs can facilitate digital skill enhancement and assist learners in developing a Personal Learning Environment (PLE).
Phil Hill is Executive Vice President at Delta Initiative and blogs at e-Literate.
As we continue to discuss important issues such as access, affordability, and personalized learning in higher education, we would be helped by having a richer understanding of the changes that are already occurring. I would like to offer a more descriptive view to capture the growing number of approaches enabled by educational technology. The following is certainly not exhaustive, since the field is rapidly changing. In addition, not all of these models will end up thriving in the long term. My intention is simply to describe some of the primary models and ideally to reduce some of the confusion evident in public discussions.
Educational technology company Pearson has launched its OpenClass Exchange for instructors. Out of the gate, the new open education resource (OER) catalog will include links to 680,000 instructional and learning items.
There seems to be general agreement among the cognoscenti that MOOCs don’t have a business model today, but will just as soon as they are accepted for credit towards degrees.
Successful MOOCS need a sound business model in addition to a quality learning experience. While being free to access, many MOOC courses don't have high completion rates. If MOOCs that have low completion rates had an accredditation outcome with an reputable university, provided more social interaction for students, then maybe their student retention rates would improve. But then the 'M may need to change to a 'm'.
There are many good reasons for creating content when we are learning. It provides an excellent method of personal curation of ideas, of being able to keep track of your work. It allows for others (beyond an educator) to be able to see and respond to your work. For some it provides encouragement to work a little harder, to polish a little more. It could also provide an excellent opportunity to explore other skills around publishing in numerous formats. These are all quite nice… but not what I’m on about at all.