Blogging about OER, OCW, Blackboard, Mobile, Social Media and other interesting stuff
Due to the introduction of edX and the start of the MOOC of Coursesites quiet a lot of interesting articles have appeared about MOOCs this last week. Here is a selection:
- Doug Holton - What’s the “problem” with MOOCs?
This article is about improving MOOCs with problem based learning. MOOLE = Open Education + Problem-based learning.
- Steve Carson and Philipp Schmidt - The Massive Open Online Professor
this article is about the role of the professor in a MOOC, especially the really large scale classes with more than a couple of thousand students.
- Bon Steward - the problem with EdX: a MOOC by any other name?
this brand-new Mother of All MOOCs is, in the end, likely to do as much preserving of the traditional structures of education – especially in terms of learning – than it is to disrupt them.
- Ignatia - Selecting meaningful #socialmedia tools for a #MOOC or #PLN
A big part of setting up an open, online course (e.g. MOOC) is the selection of meaning social media tools. This blog gives a nice overview.
- Jonathan Rees - What’s the difference between a MOOC and the University of Phoenix?
Is it “branding” or “not much at all”?
- Fred Haas - Thoughts on the Curtis Bonk MOOC and Learning Management Systems
Reflections on Curtis Bonk's MOOC.
- Sherman Dorn - HypeX: What edX can and can’t do
Three cases in which the MOOC model will work according to Sherman
The announcement from MIT and Harvard caused quiet some stir around the globe. It even was mentioned in the Dutch media (normally they are not interested in Open Education). A couple of observations and questions I have about this initiative:
- What's New?
They made it a big announcement, but if I look at it, the only difference is that they spend a lot of money on it. So what is the fuss about?
Why do all those Open Education initiative (Stanford, MIT) develop their own platform? Now we have Udacity, Coursera and EdX. The first two provide open education, but are not open-source platforms. EdX certainly is open-source. But there are already a couple of platforms that are used around campuses, which are suitable for Open Education. The Open University UK uses Moodle, Blackboard is doing a MOOC on their Coursesites platform (which is a standard Blackboard Learn with some additional building blocks) and there are more platforms.
MIT and Harvard are both investing $ 30 mln. That is enormous amount of money. It puts Harvard recent announcement about the costs of journals in other perspective. I personally think that with that amount of money you never can get it sustainable. Especially because it get financially self-supporting in a couple of years. It would be much more impressive if they could do this for less then $ 1 mln.
- Connect online and offline learning
I'm really interested in the research they are going to do within the project: “research how students learn and how technologies can facilitate effective teaching both on-campus and online. The edX platform will enable the study of which teaching methods and tools are most successful. The findings of this research will be used to inform how faculty use technology in their teaching, which will enhance the experience for students on campus and for the millions expected to take advantage of these new online offerings.”
In the FAQ they write: "As determined by the edX board, MIT and Harvard, online learners who demonstrate mastery of subjects could earn a certificate of completion, but such certificates would not be issued under the name Harvard or MIT." What does this mean exactly? You will get a certificate, but it is not issued from MIT or Harvard? Is this worth anything?
- Connect the dots
I like the concept they announced to connect residential education with OpenCourseWare and Open Education. This is something that is interesting for a lot of brick-and-mortar universities.
- What do their own students think about it?
I would be interested to hear what the students of MIT and Harvard think about it. The big question is, what could they have done with 30 mln to improve residential education? In this regard it is interesting to read this weeks posts in The Chronicle.
So, I like the initiative and really appreciate the steps Harvard and MIT are making. But I'm not sure if this is as disruptive as we would like it to be.
Today MIT and Harvard announced a new platform edX. This is a platform for online education:
Harvard University and MIT today announced edX, a transformational new partnership in online education. Through edX, the two institutions will collaborate to enhance campus-based teaching and learning and build a global community of online learners.
EdX will build on both universities’ experience in offering online instructional content. The technological platform recently established by MITx, which will serve as the foundation for the new learning system, was designed to offer online versions of MIT courses featuring video lesson segments, embedded quizzes, immediate feedback, student-ranked questions and answers, online laboratories and student-paced learning. Certificates of mastery will be available for those who are motivated and able to demonstrate their knowledge of the course material.
Below is the official press conference:
Video streaming by UstreamI agree with Susan Hockfield that Online Education is not an enemy of residential education. It offers new possibilities and make higher education better accesible for those who need it, but can't afford it.
I'm a bit jealous in the amount of money ($60mln) they put in this initiative. That certainly helps to get this started and make it into a big succes and maybe even be disruptive.
Last week I was in Cambridge (UK) for the 2012 OpenCourseWare Global Conference combined with the UK OER12 conference. Below is a list of online articles, blogs and others that have been published (if you miss an article, please leave a comment or tweet):
- Markus Deimann: Inspirations from Cambridge 2012 #cam12
- Gabi Witthaus: The OER university: from vision to reality
- Joe Wilson: #Cam12 Innovation and Impact Open Educational Resources
- David Kernohan: Bricking against the clicks?
- Laura Czerniewicz: Open Education: part of the broader open scholarship terrain
- Lorna Campbell: #cam12 Keynotes, backchannels and undercurrents
- New York Times (Don Guttenplan): Building Schools Out of Clicks, Not Bricks
- Robert Schuwer: Blog Cambridge 2012 congres over OER: dag 3, 18 april 2012 (in Dutch)
- Robert Schuwer: Blog Cambridge 2012 congres over OER: diner pensant, 16 april 2012 (in Dutch)
- Hester Jelgerhuis: Blog Cambridge 2012 congres over OER: dag 1, 16 april 2012 (in Dutch)
- Hester Jelgerhuis: Blog Cambridge 2012 congres over OER: dag 2, 17 april 2012 (in Dutch)
- Hester Jelgerhuis: Blog Cambridge 2012 congres over OER: pre-conference workshop, 15 april 2012 (in Dutch)
- Jos Rikers: UNESCO Chairs in OER at OCWC Cambridge 2012 16-18 April
- Ria Jacobi: Mobiliteit en OER (in Dutch)
- Vicki McGarvey: Cambridge 2012
- Laura Czerniewicz: Openness at the University of Cape Town
- Una Daly: A Day at Open University, UK
- Sailor.org: Innovation and Impact in Cambridge
- Guardian: Open for business? Why universities must collaborate on OpenCourseWare
- Jenny Gray: Thoughts after OpenCourseware Global 2012
- Yvette Adams: Cambridge 2012: Innovation and Impact - Report back
- Lorna Campbell: Open Education in Europe - SURF’s “diner pensant”
- Education Development Unit (FHS): Conference Pens, Gunslingers And Business Cards
- Emily Puckett Rodgers: Drop the ‘e’ get on with the learning
The wordcloud is CC-BY mhawksey.
Yesterday Blackboard announced the first Free, Open Course on their CourseSites platform:
<p >Please join us in CourseSites for a unique opportunity to learn with Dr. Bonk -- and from each other -- in our first open course focused on increasing student engagement and motivation online. We know your time is valuable and limited, so in this course you choose your level of participation. Whether you simply drop in or fully engage, we hope to see you online!
Course Title: Instructional Ideas and Technology Tools for Online Success
Description: Motivating students and creating community within blended and online learning environments are crucial to academic achievement and success. This open course will provide both theoretical concepts and practical tools for instructors to improve motivation, retention, and engagement within blended and online courses.
Course Duration: April 30th- June 4th ( A total of 5 weeks)
- Identify and apply relevant motivational strategies and instructional techniques
- Construct thinking skill options for different types of learners and subjects
- Design and share innovative thinking skill activities as well as unique cooperative learning
- Map and apply instructional models and ideas to online learning tools
Not only is it an interesting subject, but also good to see that Blackboard is taking the initiative to host an open course. I'm certainly participating in the course, not only to learn from Curtis, but also to see how the platform works for an open course.
Last year the OpenCourseWare Conference was in Cambridge (Ma, USA) organised by MIT. This year the conference is again in Cambridge, but this time in the 'real' Cambridge as those UK-folks say.
The theme of the conference is Innovation and Impact - Openly Collaborating to Enhance Education. The conference starts on Sunday with pre-conferences and ends on Wednesday. For the die-hards (I'm one of them) there is another conference organised by the Open University of Thursday.
It will be a busy time for me. On Sunday I have a project meeting of my EU-project, on Tuesday we have the OCWC-boardmeeting and I'm asked to make photo's during the conference.
The authors of the report are:
- Martijn Arnoldus – Creative Commons NL
- Cora Bijsterveld – Delft University of Technology
- Anda Counotte – Dutch Open University
- Wim Didderen – Dutch Open University
- Sofia Dopper – Delft University of Technology
- Ria Jacobi – Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences
- Ben Janssen – Dutch Open University
- Hester Jelgerhuis – SURF
- Ellen Kuipers – Arnhem/Nijmegen University of Applied Sciences
- Fred Mulder – Dutch Open University
- Martijn Ouwehand – Delft University of Technology
- Wilfred Rubens – Dutch Open University
- Robert Schuwer – Dutch Open University
- Willem van Valkenburg – Delft University of Technology
- Steven Verjans – Dutch Open University
- Nicolai van der Woert – Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre
This report describes the trends in the Netherlands and elsewhere in the field of Open Educational Resources. It comprises twelve articles by Dutch experts in the field of OER in higher education. It also contains twelve “Intermezzos” giving interesting examples.
I would say that this report is a must-read for everyone who is interested in OER. Download the report here.
Gisteren was ik bij het iFontys event. Dit evenement was georganiseerd nadat zij een jaar geleden bij Fontys gestart zijn met 100 iPads. Het was een goed-georganiseerd evenement dat erg leuk en interessant was.
Erg leuk was dat je bij elke workshop een gadget kreeg. Jammer natuurlijk dat je niet alle workshops kon doen. Dit is mijn verzameling:
Elke gadget is voorzien van een QR-code, die je naar de workshop-pagina leidt.
Natuurlijk was er voor het event een mobiele site gemaakt. Vooral de plattegrond was erg netjes.
Van de workshop en keynote heb ik de aparte blogs gemaakt:
Informatie over alle workshops is te vinden op hun website. Vaak staat hier ook aanvullende bestanden bij.
Al met al hebben ze met iFontys vele leuke pilots gedaan. De grote uitdaging is nu om dit op de schalen naar instellingsbreed. Ik ben benieuwd naar de vervolgprojecten.
Deze workshop ging over het maken van ePub-bestanden. Deze eerste vraag is natuurlijk wat een ePub-bestand is. ePub is het formaat waarin e-boeken verspreid kunnen worden. Technisch gezien is het een zipbestand met een index en de content erin.
Een ePub kan voorzien zijn van een DRM om de toegang te beperken. In de workshop is hier natuurlijk niet over gesproken.
Er zijn om ePubs te maken allerlei verschillende programma's. Een heel eenvoudig programma hiervoor is het open-source pakket Sigl. In de eenvoud zit ook de beperking, je kan met de programma lang niet alles doen dat technisch mogelijk is met een ePub-bestand. Andere programma's die genoemd werden zijn Atlantis, Adobe InDesign. Verder is er het handige programma Calibre om bestanden te converteren.
Voor het lezen van epub zijn er voor alle platforms verschillende pakketten: iBooks, FBreader, ePubreader plugin voor Firefox of Stanza.
De tool Sigl is inderdaad erg makkelijk om in te stellen en iedereen kan daarmee een eboek maken. Het grote voordeel van ebooks is dat letters volledig meeschalen met het scherm (zelf kan je dit nog aanpassen), daarnaast kan je hier tegenwoordig ook uitstekend afbeeldingen en video's in opnemen. Wil je echt een stapje verder met bijvoorbeeld toetsvragen e.d., dan zal je toch eerder gaan kijken naar Adobe InDesign.