MOOCs and OERs
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MOOCs and OERs
A space to share differing views on MOOCs and OERs with H817 students and other interested readers.
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Rescooped by Patricia Daniels from Networked Learning - MOOCs and more!

US Mooc platforms’ openness questioned | Chris Parr - Times Higher Education

US Mooc platforms’ openness questioned | Chris Parr - Times Higher Education | MOOCs and OERs |

Massive open online courses could be hindering the development of open educational resources because they do not allow everyone to contribute to the innovation of content …


Via Peter B. Sloep
Patricia Daniels's insight:

H817 students, interesting criticism here relating to the openness of MOOCS. Something to think about.

Peter B. Sloep's curator insight, April 4, 2013 12:20 PM

THE reports on the recent Open Educational Resources conference held at the end of March in Nottingham, UK, in particular on a speech by the OU's (that is, OU UK) Patrick McAndrew. Speaking of Coursera and Udacity, he claimed they were creating a 'closed community in the open' because of the way these platforms were operated, unlike such initiatives as the Peer to Peer University or the Open Courseware Consortium. So, how come they failed to attract the attention that Coursera and Udacity do?  According to Patrick, what they offer and universities do not is complete courses that you can 'pick up off the shelf'. 


This is an interesting observation. I believe online educational resources (OERs), of which MOOCs are an example, are descendants of learning objects. The leading paradigm behind learning objects was that they could be mixed and matched in all kinds of different arrangements, as the teacher pleased. This was their strength. Since the number of users per object now increased more effort could be put in their quality without raising costs. If Patrick is right, it seems we've come full circle. Perhaps, the shift in focus of attention, form fellow teachers for learning objects to students for OERs, is the reason behind this. Whatever the case may be, Patrick is of course absolutely right that this shift in our thinking about the best use of OERs does not imply the ideal of openness should be abandoned. (@pbsloep)


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Transitioning to Open Educational Resources

Transitioning to Open Educational Resources | MOOCs and OERs |
Over the course of educational timelines, the textbook has reigned as the authority in content delivery. The textbook's reign has gone unmatched for many years, but its pedestal is beginning to wobbl

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
Patricia Daniels's insight:

Making the transition to OERs can be quite daunting as it's not just a matter of accessing open content but repurposing it and digitizing your own to suit your students' needs. I find that using OERs in combination with cloud computing, mobile assisted seamless learning and field trips into virtual worlds, works well with my language students. However, what works within my teaching context may not be appropriate for yours. In my opinion, it's not just about introducing new technologies and pedagogies because they are trending, but doing a thorough analysis of what is needed within a specfic context before transforming your teaching practices, as these transformations  will influence your students' learning environment and learning outcomes.

Waldo D. Sanchez's comment, March 9, 2013 6:27 AM
A transition that will not stop.
Anne Whaits's curator insight, March 9, 2013 4:01 PM

Four great OER sources provided here for teachers to explore.

Heather MacCorkle Edick's curator insight, April 2, 2013 4:59 AM

It's good to know that the materials have been vetted.  Another good source for material is MERLOT.