Sunday, 16 March 2014

Open Education - experiences

Open education is wide ranging and all encompassing: from informal Ted lectures and Youtube type videos through to Open University, Coursera, MIT and Harvard open courses. My own experience of formal open education (other than the OU) was on a Coursera programme. It consisted of several video lectures utilising open source software programmes (Music) to demonstrate examples and for individual intersessional tasks.

Advantages: Flexibility - can access the videos at any time

                      Clarity - the information followed a coherent sequence, tasks were relevant and      
                                   challenging but within Vygotsky's zone of proximal development

                     Scaffold - the online forum allowed for programme's learning community's support

                     Pedagogy - only Behaviourist through instructional videos

                     Production - presentation can be rather dull and 
                     Accreditation - no recognised accreditation for completing the course, no pass or fail.




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