Intro to Open Education Class

David Wiley posts an invitation to join and/or help refine his course offering for Fall: Intro to Open Education, and it was with interest that I went to look. What I found did not match my expectations from the title.

Recently, Stephen Downes posted on Open Source Assessment, and I was imagining Downes’ thinking being applied in Wiley’s course:

The conversation comes up in the context of open educational resources (OERs). When posed the question in Winnipeg regarding what I thought the ideal open online course would look like, my eventual response was that it would not look like a course at all, just the assessment.

The reasoning was this: were students given the opportunity to attempt the assessment, without the requirement that they sit through lectures or otherwise proprietary forms of learning, then they would create their own learning resources.

Applying this notion to the course, I would expect that there would be a handful of introductory readings, to get the group rolling, and that the next task would be left to the students: find readings that contribute to this course, post them in the class wiki, justify why they are meritorious readings and explain how they contribute to your understanding.

The assessment would not be based on David’s judgment, but on some criteria more openly agreed and widely valuable to the group.

And rather than a read and respond course design, the course would challenge students to set a problem for themselves, perhaps form teams, and develop a solution to be argued to the community. In the John Seeley Brown notion of repair technicians always having their radios on and thereby becoming a community of practice, the course could be a hub for a community, where students would bring their resources and observations as they worked on their chosen problems. The course could be scaffolded with some open activities (e.g., interview a member of the community who has expertise in your problem but who’s perspective differs from yours.) Given that the students are blogging, they could be tasked to take their problem (definition, solution, etc) to the community(ies) that is addresses and seek feedback from those sources.

The student product from this work would not be a set of blog posts responding to Wiley’s weekly reading prompts, but a portfolio including evidence of resources, alternative perspectives examined, and solutions developed around a problem authentic to the student’s own situation.

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2 Responses to “Intro to Open Education Class”

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