Open Online Courses

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Presentation delivered to UNISA, Sept 6, 2011.

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  • 1.Online Open Courses: A model for connected learning
    George Siemens
    September 6, 2011
    Pretoria, South Africa

2. What is open online learning?
3. 1. Open
No fee
No barriers to entry
No restrictions on participation
No requirement of core readings from books or closed journals
4. 2. Online
All content fully accessible online
All conversations (synch/asynch) fully accessible online
5. How to deliver an open online course.2-step model
Do what you do in a regular online course.
Open it up.
6. For-credit learners
7. Activities of the educator
1. Amplifying2. Curating3. Wayfinding and socially-driven sensemaking4. Aggregating5. Filtering6. Modeling7. Persistent presence
8. 9. 2007/08/09/10/11
10. 2008, 2009, 2011
11. 12. 13.
14. Starts September 12, 2011
15. Course interaction is distributed
16. Course content is distributed
17. To make sense, participants weave a coherent structure
18. Getting Credit for open online courses
19. Grading and evaluation
Im quite fine with grading in open online courses.
Evaluation is still an important currency in education.
20. Evolution of open courses
First offerings:
21. Recent offerings:
Same as earlier offerings:
No learning management system
gRSShopper as hub (more on that later)
Personal aggregation tools
Networking comments (again, grsshopper)
This stuff is additive (except for the LMS :))
22. Interaction Cycle
23. 24. 25. 26. Blog-based aggregation
27. Learners own and use their personal spaces and existing identities
28. Curriculum is a starting point
29. Re-centering with new artifacts
30. Benefit for learners
Build networks
Global interaction
Knowledge growth
Creation and co-creation
Develop identity
Develop digital literacy
Develop sensemaking and wayfinding skills
31. How to assist learners
Sub-networks and clustering
Mentors (Couros)
Video and tutorial support
Give learners permission to explore
Share as you start to make sense of format
Share as you start to make sense of content
Build and expand knowledge domain
Novel, random connections
Trust peer-support processes
32. September 12, 2011)
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