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 being influenced heavily. Open educational resources and open teaching hold potential to disrupt the full spectrum of education policy, learning development, delivery, and accreditation.
MDDE 622: Openness in Education provides a detailed overview of the history of openness in education, current trends and legal and technological developments, as well as future directions. Educators and administrators in the primary, secondary, and higher education sectors, will benefit from becoming 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 achieve the following course goals:
The course is composed of seven units.
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
All learning resources are provided online.
Students will be graded on the bases of four assignments. Course requirements are as follows:
Critique and Review (20%): Based on literature reviewed in the course, describe the key trends (historical and current technological) that have contributed to the development of openness in education.
Reflection Paper (20%): Following a review of various licensing and content protection models, provide a personal reflection on the benefits and drawbacks of different systems and identify which model you favour (as well as why!) in your content creation.
Concept Map (20%): Develop a concept map of how course concepts are related and the value that you assign to different “concept nodes”.
Early access to the Learning Management System, Moodle, begins a few days before the official start date of your course, at that time you will have limited access to the course. On the Official Start Date of the course, instructors will be available and the discussion forums will automatically become active.
|*Please note that 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 MM May 29, 2017