OCWC Global 2011: Socializing OpenCourseWare with OpenStudy
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6 May 2011
Preetha introducing the idea of OpenStudy. Addressing the engagement issues. ?Students find much online learning boring - but are spending time on facebook, wikipedia and instant messenging for homework answers.
OpenStudy uses learning theories: Twigg, Fuchs, Lave & Wenger, Vygotsky.
OCW+OpenStudy integration with real time feed of q&a from the OpenStudy appearing beside the OCW content. Generally some people on line (e.g 8 online in computer science at 6am this morning). A layer for e.g. maths allows cross-pollination with more than one resource linked to the problems. Reputation medals and badges for people who give good answers. Gives benefits in terms of greater time on site and better understanding of users.
To get OpenStudy on a site: Step 1: contact OpenStudy. Step 2: add widget. That is it! (Or adopt the educommons platform and it is built in.)