OERs are certainly going to have a major influence on post-secondary education. Making digital resources publicly and freely available is definitely a move in the right direction, having potential to reduce the costs of post-secondary education and for increasing access to learning opportunities, especially in countries where there is a severe shortage of university and college education. It is important though to understand that there are considerable differences in approaches to the use of open educational resources within and between these highly publicized initiatives. It is also important to understand that there are other approaches to the use of OERs that could have much more relevance for formal post-secondary education in North America that are getting nowhere near as much attention from the mainstream media. In fact, most hyped initiatives have little practical relevance for the formal, degree-granting work of universities and colleges, compared with other potential approaches to OERs.
Via Robert Farrow
Das Co:llaboratory »Internet und Gesellschaft« befasste sich in einem seiner letzten Schwerpunkte mit dem »Lernen in der digitalen Gesellschaft«. In diesem Zusammenhang reflektierte Jöran Muuß-Merholz die Frage, was Open Educational Ressources (Freie Lern-/Bildungsmaterialien –> OER) mit digitaler Integration und Medienkompetenz zu tun haben.
Ein lesenswerter Beitrag, dem ich an dieser Stelle in einer Replik eigene Gedanken zur Seite stellen will. – Dabei lehne ich mich in der Struktur an die Vorgabe des Artikels an, wobei ich durchaus bewusst teilweise die Schwerpunkte anders setze.
Im Grunde nehme ich den letzten Satz des Beitrages ernst. Muuß-Merholz schreibt dort: »Diese Argumentsammlung ist einseitig.« – Ich versuche, ihr zumindest eine weitere Seite hinzuzufügen.
As tuition costs continue to rise, it seems counterintuitive that professors at top universities would give away their courses for free. But that's exactly what they're doing, on web-based platforms known as "Massive Open Online Courses." Spencer Michels reports on how a boom in online learning could change higher education...
This overview of nine key documents published over the past year is provided to support the ongoing debate on MOOCs, Open Educational Resources and online education, and to support the change processes in this time of openness. Dates of publication and extent are noted.