Free thefutureoflearningjan2014

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Free thefutureoflearningjan2014

  1. 1. Is “free” the future of learning? Brian Mulligan, Institute of Technology Sligo, Ireland http://brian.mulligan.googlepages.com
  2. 2. You can learn anything online…. ….well, almost!
  3. 3. They say it’s never too late to play the piano.
  4. 4. Or even more useful skills.
  5. 5. So what’s the problem? I don’t know what I need to learn!  How can I prove I know stuff?
  6. 6. Structured Learning Free Resources Free Courses Free Programmes
  7. 7. MOOCs
  8. 8. Self paced courses
  9. 9. Putting them together.
  10. 10. What about Certification?  Certification requires    assessment identity verification Cannot be done for free  But we can bring down the cost.
  11. 11. Disaggregation Learning  Separation of Learning from Assessment    Assessment Learning can be free Assessment a fraction of course cost. Colleges starting to offer “Competency Based Assessment”
  12. 12. Alternative Credentials
  13. 13. Financial Sustainability   Courses are not that expensive to develop. Providers can recoup their expenditure in other ways.
  14. 14. Summary     Learning is free NOW! There will be lots more. Assessment will cost money (but not lots). Full accreditation will come.

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