Round Table on Open Education in Canada by Prof. Rory McGreal

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  • What is more remarkable is the increase in the actual numbers of individuals who have experienced taking courses through Athabasca University’s open and distance delivery systems.
  • http://gbl55.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/mooc3.png  The MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) phenomenon, first implemented by George Siemens of Athabasca University and Stephen Downes of the National Research Council is a clear demonstration of scalable interactive courses in action. MOOCs take full advantage of the power of networks to provide learning opportunities to distributed learners using open content. MOOCs are highly automated allowing for interactions among and between learners and instructors (Mackness, Fai, Mak & Williams, 2010).
  • Columba refused him. Finnian appealed to the High King of Ireland who gave the judgement, "To every cow its calf". Columba caused a battle to be fought against the King who was defeated with great slaughter. The saint was full of remorse and as penance went into exile and vowed never to set foot on Irish soil again. At a later date when he had to return to Ireland for a synod, Columba strapped sods of earth from his abbey in Iona to his feet, thus enabling him to keep his word. Diarmait's adverse judgment concerning the copy Columba had secretly made of St. Finnian's psalter. Columba is said to have supported by his prayers the men of the North who were fighting while Finnian did the same for Diarmait's men. The latter were defeated with a loss of three thousand.
  • Columba refused him. Finnian appealed to the High King of Ireland who gave the judgement, "To every cow its calf". Columba caused a battle to be fought against the King who was defeated with great slaughter. The saint was full of remorse and as penance went into exile and vowed never to set foot on Irish soil again. At a later date when he had to return to Ireland for a synod, Columba strapped sods of earth from his abbey in Iona to his feet, thus enabling him to keep his word. Diarmait's adverse judgment concerning the copy Columba had secretly made of St. Finnian's psalter. Columba is said to have supported by his prayers the men of the North who were fighting while Finnian did the same for Diarmait's men. The latter were defeated with a loss of three thousand.
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  • Round Table on Open Education in Canada by Prof. Rory McGreal

    1. 1. E-Learning Rory McGreal UNESCO/COL Chair in OER
    2. 2. E-learning Canada Overview• Everybody is doing it• Synchronous or asynchronous• Teleconferencing• Self-study with email• WWW expositions
    3. 3. Where in the World
    4. 4. & tu dy t s en d s en re ep nt dI n l Ce a l C August 25,
    5. 5. Advantages• Public university• Degree-granting• Open admission• Distance education delivery• Hundreds of credit courses• Year-round enrolment• Flexible learning methods August 25,
    6. 6. Advantages• Public university• Degree-granting• Open admission• Distance education delivery• Hundreds of credit courses• Year-round enrolment• Flexible learning methods
    7. 7. Athabasca University:• Independent learning delivery mode• Industrial model for course development• Strong instructional design• Text and workbook based courses• Moving to online delivery• Presently email and web communications with+95% of students• US accreditation 2005 (Middle States) August 25,
    8. 8. Athabasca University Innovation in EducationCall Centres Educational Institution Marriage August 25,
    9. 9. An early attempt 2000 - 2003
    10. 10. MOOCs• Scalable• Networked• Interactive• Automated• Open
    11. 11. Canadian Virtual University• Consortia of 15 universities• Pan-Canadian• Credit recognition• Sharing• Common database• Campus Connection
    12. 12. LORI Net to2010: standards• TELUQ• Univ. of Saskatchewan• Univ. of Waterloo• Simon Fraser University• Univ. of Ottawa
    13. 13. NewfoundlandOnline Learning and Information Network OLIN
    14. 14. The Maritimes• NRC in NB• Universite Ste-Anne• Nova Scotia CC• Fredericton University
    15. 15. Québec• Téléuniversité du Québec• Cognisource
    16. 16. Ontario• Contact North• Univ. of Waterloo• Univ. of Ottawa• Ontario Technological Univ.• Univ. of Phoenix• DeVries Institute• UofT Accessibility
    17. 17. Saskatchewan & Manitoba• Interuniversities North• First Nations University• Univ. of Saskatchewan
    18. 18. Alberta & BC• Athabasca University• Netera Alliance• K12 Consortia• UBC• Thompson Rivers University• BCcampus
    19. 19. Copyright: The Good Guys ”Research must be given a large and liberal interpretation in order to ensure that users rights are not unduly constrained” • availability of a licence is not relevant • fair dealing is an integral part ofChief Justice McLachlin the scheme of copyright law in Canada.
    20. 20. Copyright: The Good Guys"Downloading a song for personal usedoes not amount to infringement. Icannot see a real difference between alibrary that places a photocopy machinein a room full of copyrighted materialand a computer user that places apersonal copy on a shared directory." Justice Konrad von Finckenstei
    21. 21. Change: Steps• Identify the innovators• Find a high level champion• Start ONE demo projectProject must be Top Quality
    22. 22. Systemic Success Factors• Secure funding• Integrate with f2f delivery• Build trust - get “buy-in”• Collaborate – share costs• Ensure relevance of courses• Publicize success “no significant difference”• Link to economic development
    23. 23. Human Success Factors• Human skills 1st not Technical• Keep a human body in the loop• Use volunteers – don’t coerce• Be open with students – problems• Build student – student support• Pace students - deadlines
    24. 24. Network Success Factors• Move quickly in establishing sites• Critical mass of sites (large & small)• Content, content, content (>33% of $$)• Find content – don’t create it• Inform & market August 25, 04
    25. 25. Course Development Success Factors• Take risks – expect failures• Judge overall success not individual projects• Partner• Find content if possible – don’t create it• Generic courses (learning objects)
    26. 26. Technical Success Factors• Avoid proprietary solutions• Build for latest technology (but ensure backward compatibility)• Choose tech. for pedagogical reasons (but don’t forget $$)• Incremental purchasing vs. all at once
    27. 27. from "A Shropshire Lad" by A.E. HousmanAugust 25,
    28. 28. THANK YOUrory@athabascau.ca

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