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edX: Introduction to Open Education

 with  David Wiley and George Siemens

Open education has come a long way over the last two decades in reshaping the effectiveness and economics of education. With increased adoption at higher education institutions, open education holds the potential for creating broader systemic changes, including:

  • reducing educational costs;
  • increasing agency of learners and faculty;
  • promoting greater transparency;
  • improving student outcomes.

This course is designed to promote awareness of open education among graduate students, faculty, and learning designers. You will be introduced to open education concepts that will equip you to utilize open educational resources within your own institutions. As more educators share open educational resources, greater collaboration and shared knowledge is possible. This shift can increase access to quality educational possibilities, particularly in places that have not historically had these opportunities.

Syllabus

Week 1: If you love your children, you should care about OERs: Why now and why it matters
Week 2: The Kama Sutra of copyright and the public domain
Week 3: The philosophical need for openness in a knowledge age and in education
Week 4: Permissions, Wiley’s 5Rs, and utopia achieved: Finding and using OERs
Week 5: Research on OER impact and effectiveness
Week 6: The next battle for openness: Data, algorithms, and competency mapping
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Cost Free Online Course
Pace Upcoming
Provider edX
Language English
Certificates $59 Certificate Available
Hours 3-5 hours a week
Calendar 6 weeks long
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