MOOCs, OERs and TRU

Open Learning Team Meeting
Tuesday, September 11, 2012

MOOC = Massive Open Online Course

Keyword: OPEN


MOOCs are:
  • open
  • distributed
  • participatory
  • connective
  • events

A Brief Guide to Understanding MOOCs

A Brief History of MOOCs


Two General Models:

Free as in beer:

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These three initiatives, sponsored by Ivy League schools in the US represent an investment of well over $60 million.

Free as in speech:


MobiMOOC2012
Connectivism and Connected Knowledge 2012 (CCK12)

Offered by anyone with an idea to share and some free (as in beer &/or speech) web tools.

Questions and barriers abound!

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(Phil Hill, 2012)


OER = Open Education Resource

Keyword: OPEN


OERs are:
  • free as in beer
  • free as in speech (usually)
  • mashable
  • remixable
  • resources or materials

Huge variety of models:

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TRU Open Learning

Keyword: OPEN (but not free, as in beer or speech)


TRU-OL Initiatives:
  • OERu - MOOC/OER mashup?
  • MOOCs & PLAR
  • many OERs available on the interwebs, but not much evidence of concerted efforts to mash them up into new resources
  • Course Development (Program Delivery)
    • Course Management Strategies
      • built in Canvas (free, as in beer and/or speech LMS)
      • mashup of OERs from Royal Roads, Athabasca (IRRODL), Australian Learning and Teaching Council, California State University, & Penn State University World Campus
      • free, as in beer, web tools
      • some proprietary content (appropriately referenced)
      • potential as a MOOC?