a) About this course
INTRO VIDEO (pre-production) – ENGLISH
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1. Introduction to the course
¶ 2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 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.
¶ 3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 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.
2. Key learning outcomes
¶ 4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 After having taken this course, learners will be able to:
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- 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.
3. Course approach and phases
¶ 6 Leave a comment on paragraph 6 0 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:
¶ 7 Leave a comment on paragraph 7 0 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:
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- 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.
¶ 9 Leave a comment on paragraph 9 0 An online learning phase, during which learners are expected to take the course modules and to complete the activities proposed.
¶ 10 Leave a comment on paragraph 10 0 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, and report back to the group. Each Learning Circle will rely on the Innovation Centers on Open Education (ICOEs) established by the OpenMed project in the participating universities.
¶ 11 Leave a comment on paragraph 11 0 This phase will require 40 hours of work.
¶ 12 Leave a comment on paragraph 12 0 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:
¶ 13 Leave a comment on paragraph 13 0 Step 1. Make a pledge for opening up your course/teaching
¶ 14 Leave a comment on paragraph 14 0 Step 2. Identify open licences that you will apply to your teaching/course
¶ 15 Leave a comment on paragraph 15 0 Step 3. Use OER in your teaching/course
¶ 16 Leave a comment on paragraph 16 0 Step 4. Localise OER to your course/context
¶ 17 Leave a comment on paragraph 17 0 Step 5. Develop an open teaching plan and share it with the community
¶ 18 Leave a comment on paragraph 18 0 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.
¶ 19 Leave a comment on paragraph 19 0 This phase will require 40 hours of work.
4. Course content
¶ 20 Leave a comment on paragraph 20 0 The course is composed of five modules, which explore different aspects of openness within Higher Education.
¶ 21 Leave a comment on paragraph 21 0 Module 1. Introducing Openness in Education
¶ 22 Leave a comment on paragraph 22 0 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.
¶ 23 Leave a comment on paragraph 23 0 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.
¶ 24 Leave a comment on paragraph 24 0 Module 2. Open Licensing and Copyright in education
¶ 25 Leave a comment on paragraph 25 0 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.
¶ 26 Leave a comment on paragraph 26 0 During the Module some activities are proposed so that learners can learn in practice how to openly release their content, choosing the appropriate license.
¶ 27 Leave a comment on paragraph 27 0 Module 3. Opening Up Education through OER and MOOCs
¶ 28 Leave a comment on paragraph 28 0 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.
¶ 29 Leave a comment on paragraph 29 0 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.
¶ 30 Leave a comment on paragraph 30 0 Module 4. Localising OER and MOOCs
¶ 31 Leave a comment on paragraph 31 0 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.
¶ 32 Leave a comment on paragraph 32 0 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.
¶ 33 Leave a comment on paragraph 33 0 Module 5. Open Educational Practices
¶ 34 Leave a comment on paragraph 34 0 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.
¶ 35 Leave a comment on paragraph 35 0 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.
¶ 36 Leave a comment on paragraph 36 0 Most of the course content was created by repurposing and remixing existing OERs. All materials are released under an Open Licence.
5. Learners’ assessment
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¶ 38 Leave a comment on paragraph 38 0 Formative: facilitators will assess the activities during the Modules and provide feedback to learners (note that some activities include automatic feedback – quizzes).
¶ 39 Leave a comment on paragraph 39 0 Summative: facilitators will assess the final project work based on a common rubric.
¶ 40 Leave a comment on paragraph 40 0 Assessment will be peer-based: during the final workshop in every university each learner will present his/her work to the others who will comment. Any other peer-assessment activity is encouraged.
6. Course certification
¶ 41 Leave a comment on paragraph 41 0 Upon completion of the course based on assessment strategy described above, learners will receive a Statement of participation, in PDF by the project with title of the training, declaration of the achieved competencies, n. of hours, course curriculum.
This is the link to the feedback received by email from Neil Butcher (OER Africa) on August 11, 2017:
(thanks for that Neil!)