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IET Technology Coffee Morning: The OpenEd Project

6 April 2011
Jennie Lee Building Main Ambient Lab Ground Floor

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OpenED: Trialling open course production and presentation
There has been much excitement in recent years about the educational potential of Web 2.0 principles and open educational resources (OER). For many people, making content freely editable, reusing learning resources and sharing responsibility for course delivery is the future for higher education. But will such initiatives result in higher production speeds, better materials, and lower costs?

The openED project is trialling a framework of open inter-institutional course production and global open course delivery that seeks to explore these issues. Seven European organisations have collaboratively generated an online business studies course, based on existing and freely available materials (including OpenLearn and H809), and with professional and academic strands. The course has been run once so far. Further rounds over the next 18 months will make the materials more widely editable and will give participants free and priced options for facilitation, assessment and certification.

We’re particularly interested in how materials generated by such open initiatives develop over time? What learning takes place? What issues arise associated with cross-cultural and multilingual settings? How are differences between formal and informal education exhibited? What are the factors affecting speed of production, effectiveness and sustainability?

This talk will explain how the initiative is working so far, and ask what the OU can learn about open course production and presentation.

Presenter: Dr James Aczel and Dr Simon Cross(IET)

Location: Jennie Lee Building Main Ambient Lab Ground Floor

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