Delivery mode: Online course using Moodle*
Credits: 3 - Elective
Prerequisites: MDDE 601, MDDE 602 for MEd program students only
Instructor: George Siemens
Openness in content, data, government, and access is influencing organizations of all types. Education is influenced heavily: open educational resources and open teaching hold potential to disrupt the full spectrum of education: policy, learning development, delivery, and accreditation.
This course will offer a detailed overview of the history of openness in education, current trends including legal and technological developments, as well as future directions. Educators in all sectors (primary, secondary, and higher education), as well as administrators, will benefit from being well informed of trends and the organizational impact of open education.
Through review of literature, participation in group discussions, online lectures, and related open education resources, students will be able to:
Unit 1 – Defining openness
Unit 2 – Licenses and content protection
Unit 3 –Models for developing open resources
Unit 4 – Searching for resources
Unit 5 – Scholarship
Unit 6 – Openness and systemic change
Unit 7 – Future trends
Course requirements are as follows:
Critique and Review : Based on literature reviewed in the course, detail the key trends (historical and current technological) that have contributed to the development of openness in education (value 20%).
Reflection Paper: Following a review of various licensing and content protection models, provide a personal reflection on the benefits and drawbacks of different systems and which you favour (as well as why!) in your content creation (value 20%).
Concept Map: A detailed concept map of how course concepts are related and the value that you assign to different “concept nodes” (value 20%).
The course consists of the following components:
|*Please note that the Winter 2015 semester of this course is part of a research project and will include public participants in some portions of the learning activities outside of Moodle.|
Last updated by CY December 15, 2016