Online Educa Berlin 2006 Andy Lane


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Lane, A.B. (2006) OpenLearn: constructing communities of practice around open educational resources to support lifelong learning, Online Educa 2006, Berlin, 28 Nov - 1 Dec, 2006

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Online Educa Berlin 2006 Andy Lane

  1. 1. OpenLearn: constructing communities of practice around open educational resources to support life long learning Professor Andy Lane, Director OpenLearn Thursday 30 th November 2006
  2. 2. Goals of OpenLearn <ul><li>To make some of The Open University’s distance learning materials freely accessible in an international web-based open content environment and, in so doing, to advance open content delivery method technologies by: </li></ul><ul><li>Deploying leading-edge learning management tools for learner support; </li></ul><ul><li>Encouraging the creation of non-formal collaborative learning communities; and </li></ul><ul><li>Enhancing international research-based knowledge about modern pedagogies for higher education. </li></ul>
  3. 3. OpenLearn targets <ul><li>Utilise Moodle as the VLE platform and employ Structured authoring tool for tagging content; </li></ul><ul><li>Develop two complementary sites: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>the LearningSpace </li></ul></ul><ul><li>the LabSpace </li></ul><ul><li>Have 900 learning hours in the LearningSpace for initial launch in October 2006 rising to 5400 hours at the end of two years; </li></ul><ul><li>Make a further 8100 hours of material available within the LabSpace at the end of two years. </li></ul><ul><li>Add a range of open source collaborative learning tools to the LabSpace devised by our Knowledge Media Institute. </li></ul>
  4. 4. LearningSpace <ul><li>Structure based on ‘read only’ content supplemented by informal learning tools in Moodle such as learning journal, discussion forums, bookmarking, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Units are samples of resources derived from current courses or support materials treated under three models: integrity, essence and remix </li></ul><ul><li>Mix of web authored, audiovisual and print authored content </li></ul><ul><li>Range of media asset types and activities </li></ul><ul><li>Units of size 3 to 20 hours user engagement </li></ul><ul><li>Represents about 5% of current educational materials </li></ul><ul><li>Inclusion of quality assured material from the LabSpace </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  5. 5. LabSpace <ul><li>Supply ‘read only’ content from LearningSpace </li></ul><ul><li>Supply less complete content from archived course materials </li></ul><ul><li>Allow retrieval, editing, revision of Units </li></ul><ul><li>Allow re-depositing of new version to sit alongside original </li></ul><ul><li>Allow depositing of material generated by other creators </li></ul><ul><li>Provide additional sense-making and social computing tools </li></ul><ul><li>Foster learning communities amongst Educators, Learners and Other Users </li></ul><ul><li>Give online teaching and learning a new social life </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  6. 6. Benefits to learners <ul><li>Test bed for improving study skills; </li></ul><ul><li>Undertake non-formal learning to suit needs; </li></ul><ul><li>Sample HE study before enrolling; </li></ul><ul><li>Pursue in depth a topic that interests them; </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss topics and share experiences with others; </li></ul><ul><li>Refresh/update knowledge or skills </li></ul><ul><li>Keep a personal record of what they have done . </li></ul>
  7. 7. Benefits to educators <ul><li>Investigate OU approach to teaching a particular topic and the way media are combined in ODL materials; </li></ul><ul><li>Download Units for incorporation into courses; </li></ul><ul><li>Reversion and localise Units for their own purposes; </li></ul><ul><li>Share materials and ideas with other educators; </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborate with others in developing new OERs in an experimental area. </li></ul><ul><li>Share in the research and evaluation of OERs and eLearning </li></ul>
  8. 8. Open content in the world MIT OCW Connexions Wikiversity TESSA Creative Archive
  9. 9. Big questions Why would anyone produce anything new if it is out there already? How do people learn from open content? What are the new tools that actually help us work and learn? How can we help the developing world?
  10. 10. Producing open content <ul><li>Route from OU content to open content </li></ul><ul><ul><li>exploring the way content works: granularity and links </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>advancing the use of our own tools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>separation of content from tuition and assessment </li></ul></ul><ul><li>A way to share with others </li></ul><ul><ul><li>new life for things we want the world to see </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>versions for different contexts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>bring in content from the world </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Learning from open content <ul><li>Overall use of OpenLearn </li></ul><ul><ul><li>do we have users? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>does anyone learn anything? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>what do they do next? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>How people work with the resources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>use the tools provided </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>usability and accessibility of the system </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>look for ways the community develops </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Changes for the OU Changes for the World <ul><li>Separate out functions: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Content, support, assessment, accreditation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Value our communities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Like-minded people as contributors and learners </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Operate at scale </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Specialist subjects and mass audiences </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Chance for new views </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Global universities, Micro universities, no universities </li></ul></ul>