OpenLearn to OLnet: Researching Open Learning

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Patrick McAndrew, Associate Director (Learning and Teaching) for the Open University's Institute of Educational Technology.

Presentation from the "OpenLearn 3 Years On: Milestones & Future Outlook " event.

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  • In this first talk I am going to focus on the research aspects of working with Open Resources – first in OpenLearn where I led the Research and Evaluation strand of work and now in further research in OLnet – the Open Learning network.
  • In OLnet we are harnessing the interest of people across the world in a common area to identify research issues and then apply our “collective intelligence” by sharing ideas and evidence supported by tools (such as Compendium, Cohere and Cloudworks).
  • OpenLearn to OLnet: Researching Open Learning

    1. 1. Patrick McAndrew, IET OpenLearn to OLnet: Researching Open Learning
    2. 2. Reflect Share Gather Refine
    3. 5. 8m visitors since launch
    4. 6. <ul><li>Enhance OU reputation </li></ul><ul><li>Extending reach </li></ul><ul><li>Recruitment of students </li></ul><ul><li>(More than 13,000) </li></ul><ul><li>Widening participation </li></ul><ul><li>Experiment with courses </li></ul><ul><li>Accelerate technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Catalyst for collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Research base </li></ul>
    5. 7. Impact of Openness
    6. 10. OLnet and Collective Intelligence Collective intelligence: augmented functions that enabled by the existence of a community. Collective intelligence emerges through the coexistence of people in the same environment . In OLnet we aim to develop a software infrastructure that exploits the collective action and interaction of a community of users online in an “ intelligent way”; that is to say: obtaining effects and reaching goals that exceed single users and community capability and intentions.
    7. 11. Collating views
    8. 12. Listening to others
    9. 13. Testing ideas
    10. 14. Getting data
    11. 15. Participatory learning
    12. 16. Content attracts CC-BY-NC-SA http://www.flickr.com/photos/stansich/188953946/ <ul><li>If it is … </li></ul><ul><li>Unique </li></ul><ul><li>Quality </li></ul><ul><li>Fresh </li></ul><ul><li>Fast </li></ul><ul><li>Micro </li></ul><ul><li>Relevant </li></ul>
    13. 17. Social support <ul><li>Participation: </li></ul><ul><li>Browse/gather </li></ul><ul><li>Share expertise </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborate </li></ul><ul><li>Spread control </li></ul>
    14. 20. <ul><li>We would like to thank: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The OLnet team at The Open University and Carnegie Mellon University </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Our funders - The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation </li></ul></ul>Acknowledgements

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