The course “Open Education: fundamentals and approaches”, produced within the OpenMed project with the support of the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union, aims to build capacity on Open Education and Open Educational Resources (OER) among universities in the South Mediterranean region.
The course targets primarily university teachers with an interest in learning more about Open Education and with a motivation to adopt Open Education approaches and OER into their teaching.
After having taken this course, learners will be able to:
Understand the potential advantages of adopting OER and open education approaches in different contexts
Understand how content released under different kinds of open licences can be reused and apply open licenses to your content
Search for, reuse and remix OER
Understand what MOOCs are and how to produce MOOCs
Adapt OER and MOOCs to your specific context.
Incorporate open educational practices into your daily teaching.
The training course consist of:
- one week of intensive face-to-face training at Politecnico di Torino on September 25-30, 2017
- an online training phase from October 2017 to March 2018
The course is composed of five modules, which explore different aspects of openness within Higher Education.
Module 1. Introducing Openness in Education
Module 1 introduces the main concepts connected to Open Education such as open content, open pedagogy, open assessment. Further, it presents some rationale on why educators should use open approaches in their teaching. Finally, it presents the history of the Open Education movement and provides some information on the state of the art of OER and open approaches usage globally.
During the Module some activities are proposed to make sure that learners master the main concepts and are able to make a case for openness among colleagues.
Module 2. Open Licensing and Copyright in education
Module 2 introduces the debate about open licenses within education, presenting the most common open licenses such as Creative Commons. Further, it introduces concepts such as Open Access to research, Open Data, and Open Science.
During the Module some activities are proposed so that learners can learn in practice how to openly release their content, choosing the appropriate license.
Module 3. Opening Up Education through OER and MOOCs
Module 3 goes in depth on Open Educational Resources, describing what is an OER and what is not, providing examples of OER, and explaining some strategies to search for and use open content. Further, the module focuses on MOOCs by presenting their history, typologies and the debate around this kind of course.
During the Module some activities are proposed on how to create & share your OERs, how to search for, repurpose and remix OER, how to use existing MOOCs in your daily teaching.
Module 4. Localising OER and MOOCs
Module 4 addresses the importance of intercultural communication in Open Education, focussing on personal learning environments and diversity in open learning networks and discussing how to adapt existing open resources to a different linguistic and cultural context.
During the Module some activities are proposed on how to manage diversity in groups of learners, how to adapt OER to local contexts and how to define a culturally meaningful community of practice.
Module 5. Open Educational Practices
Module 5 explains how to open up teaching practices and how to experiment with Open and Networked teaching, presenting examples of Open Educational Practices. Also, it provides an intro to Open Assessment and Open Badges.
During the Module some activities are proposed on how to adopt open pedagogic approaches and on how to use open assessment in your daily work.
Most of the course content was created by repurposing and remixing existing OERs. All materials are released under an Open Licence.
The course takes an active learning approach, where online learning is complemented by a number of activities and by an intense hands-on project work, and is composed of three phases:
One week of intensive face-to-face training in Torino, Italy, gathering the learners participating in the pilot phase of the course. The week will aim at:
Introducing the course to the participants;
Delivering introductory lectures on all modules;
Facilitating the identification of project works by all learners;
Start working in groups on the course themes and on the project works.
An online learning phase, during which learners are expected to take the course modules and to complete the activities proposed.
This phase will be run through Local Learning Circles, meaning groups of learners that will meet face to face to collaboratively run the online course and activities, that will be established in all the participating universities. Each Learning Circle will be coordinated by one or two Local Facilitators, who will be in charge of organising meetings, supporting learners, assessing activities. Each Learning Circle will rely on the Innovation Centers on Open Education (ICOEs) established by the OpenMed project in the participating universities.
This phase will require 40 hours of work.
A project work phase (January-February 2018), during which learners are expected to use the skills they have acquired to develop their “project work” aiming at “opening up their teaching”. The project work will build upon five steps, that will be taken at the end of each module:
Step 1. Make a pledge for opening up your course/teaching
Step 2. Identify open licences that you will apply to your teaching/course
Step 3. Use OER in your teaching/course
Step 4. Localise OER to your course/context
Step 5. Develop an open teaching plan and share it with the community
Project works will be evaluated by the local facilitators and can be collaborative. Project works will start in Torino with the help of Facilitators and OpenMed staff.
This phase will require 40 hours of work.
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