A new MOOC to learn what Open Education is about

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George Siemens, Executive Director of the Learning Innovation & Networked Knowledge (LINK) Research Lab of the University of Texas at Arlington.

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The University of Texas at Arlington is launching a new MOOC, Introduction to Open Education, for those interested in learning how it can reduce costs, increase transparency, and improve learning outcomes.

The course will start on September 30 on edX and will be taught by David Wiley, Chief Academic Officer of Lumen Learning, and George Siemens, Executive Director of the Learning Innovation & Networked Knowledge (LINK) Research Lab of the University of Texas at Arlington.

“Open education has come a long way over the last two decades in reshaping the effectiveness and economics of education. With increased adoption at higher education institutions, open education holds the potential for creating broader systemic changes,” state the professors on edX.

In an interview with EdSurge, Siemens explained the path that Open Education has taken in the last decades and how technology has affected it.

“We’ve moved in the last decade or two, when the openness movement started, from initially being content-centric and trying to open content and developing a licensing infrastructure that allows that to happen, to a more sophisticated landscape where the algorithms and teaching support resources are also available or at least accessible in some meaningful capacity,” said Siemens.

The MOOC is aimed at graduate students, faculty, and learning designers, who will be introduced to open education concepts that they can develop in their institutions. Participants will learn the following subjects:

  • Background on the current educational landscape
     
  • An introduction to elements of open education
     
  • An understanding of copyright, Creative Commons, and other permissions
     
  • Open pedagogy, data, and algorithms
     
  • Competency mapping