vrijdag 3 oktober 2014

Who needs a publisher?

Week 5 of #okmooc

The Stanford University online course OpenKnowledge Changing the Global Course of Learning fall 2014 has proceeded to module 5 in week 5.

We have seen a video of John Willinsky. In the courseware discussion forum I have posted a lengthy evaluation.

Bottom line about 'open access' for me this week: everyone can self publish on the WorldWideWeb. Who needs a publisher? Among my classmates I have identified ten who have started a digital project for this course. Those are on the most ambitious track for this course regarding statement of accomplishment.

In the table below you'll find links to their projects. These people come from eight different countries from four continents. I really have to identify classmates from Asia and Australia with their digital projects to claim that I'm in a global class:)

Twitter handle Twitter name First name Surname Country Digital project URL
@mariekeguy mariekeguy Marieke Guy UK Open Knowledge
@RobinMelina Embarkóloga Robin Melina Chile Destiny hunter
@rogergsweden Roger Gustafsson Roger Gustafsson Sweden Open Knowledge
@Blondegirlfrnd C2thY2thN n/a n/a n/a Anthropologist
@iKbaker  Kim Baker Kim Baker South Africa Literacist
@JuliaEducadora Julia Echeverría Julia Echeverría Spain e-Learning
@dgslack Dan Slack Daniel Slack USA English teacher
@Dave171044 Dave Young Dave Young Zimbabwe Mentor
@Fabrizio_Terzi Fabrizio Terzi Fabrizio Terzi Italy Peeragogue
@FedericoMonaco Federico Monaco Federico Monaco Italy e-Learning & Knowledge

zondag 28 september 2014

Problem-based learning

In 1992 I graduated in Economics and Business Administration at Maastricht University. My Alma Mater is renowned for practicing problem-based learning. Education was organized in small tutor led task oriented groups (less than 10 students)  meeting twice a week for two hours.

Studying in Maastricht required a lot of discipline for the required amount of self study. The meetings twice a week provided opportunity for intensive debate with peers of the material. I really enjoyed the organized meetings at the time. 

There are no such meetings in the Stanford Online course OpenKnowledge Changing the Global Course of Learning MOOC so far. Nonetheless, the study material encourages participants to connect, communicate and collaborate through mltiple channels, for example:


To comment on videos, core readings, and reflect on modules

To share resources, in the 'seek, sense and share' activity

To develop digital identity by connecting, communicating

At Stanford the concept of problem-based learning isn't new. In the year 2001 an article was published by Stanford about problem-based learning prominently citing Wim Gijselaars, who was an education researcher at my Alma Mater. [1]

As students in this MOOC we are encouraged to seek, sense and share resources on the internet, and post about it on Diigo. After rereading an article about seek, sense and share I discovered that would be more about connecting, communicating and collaborating with other people, than finding web-pages or articles.

The course is open to everyone. Enrollment is diverse in multiple dimensions. The gender mix is fine. The global mix is fine - with people from at least five different continents. Communication in the course is predominantly in English. The only other language I've seen so far is Castellano. Level of experiences range widely from undergraduate students and others who are novices in the domain of Open Knowledge to seasoned veterans with long careers in education and other fields.

What I haven't learned in Maastricht I will learn in this course. With predefined and structured groups the network of contacts were given. Now the network is wide open. In the past two weeks I have been spending time and energy to filter the amount of network contacts provided in this course. Those are the greatest resources in this course. I'm excited about connecting, communicating and collaborating in this course. In the coming meet we'll meet John Willinsky, an activist for Open Access and researcher of the history of intellectual properties in learning.

[1] Center for Teaching and Learning, 'Problem-based learning', STANFORD UNIVERSITY NEWSLETTER ON TEACHING, WINTER 2001 Vol.11, No. 1, http://web.stanford.edu/dept/CTL/cgi-bin/docs/newsletter/problem_based_learning.pdf

vrijdag 26 september 2014

Seek, sense, share resources

This weeks module 4 in the Stanford Online course OpenKnowledge: Changing the Global Course of Learning is not only about copyleft and economics of open, but also about Open Education. Just this week President Obama highlights Open Education in a speech to U.N. and updates the U.S. National Action Plan in the Open Government Partnership.

The course requires to seek, sense and share resources, and bookmark them at Diigo. I have found a range of resources about Open Education and Open Educational Resources from the Netherlands. Those are listed below, including a couple of other links. At least there is written a lot about OE&OER in the Netherlands.

1.    Congress 11/12 november 2014, SURF "Dé Onderwijsdagen 2014"

2.    Minister of Education approves online education, funds grants for MOOCs http://www.rijksoverheid.nl/ministeries/ocw/nieuws/2014/01/09/groen-licht-voor-online-onderwijs.html

3.    Letter to parliament about "open and online education" http://www.tweedekamer.nl/kamerstukken/brieven_regering/detail.jsp?id=2014Z00158&did=2014D00277

4.    Report SURF "Open en online onderwijs en de toekomst van het Nederlandse hoger onderwijs" Four scenarios in a 2 by 2 matrix  - disruptive innovation

5.    SURF pages about open and online education

8.    SURF Special Interest Group (SIG) Open Education

9.    LinkedIn "Dutch special interest group Open Educational Resources"

10.  E-learn Weblog of Willem van Valkenburg, tags: open education

13.  Megan Simmons "Surf Lessons for Educational Innovators" (I was facilitating a workshop recently with a group of brilliant educators who were tasked with imagining the next phase of their collaborative work. Despite engaging them in various improv and design-thinking activities to encourage them to open up, take risks, and explore new possibilities, they were stuck.)

14.  Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education

15.  Paul Stacey "Economics of Open", includes business case for Open Educational Resources, and an OER "logic model" http://edtechfrontier.com/2012/03/04/the-economics-of-open/

dinsdag 23 september 2014

Open Knowledge: Changing the Global Course of Learning

Studying in America was one of my dreams thirty five years ago. As a high school kid I mail ordered information on studying in America. After a couple of weeks I received a thumb thick package with information brochures and set of application forms. It was explained to me that the application process would take at least a year. I had to go through a whole series of tests, like the TOEFL test. There were all kinds of formalities involved. And it would cost a lot of money. For a couple of reasons I settled on studying in my home country, the Netherlands.

Last spring Bishakha Datta shared a post about an one semester course at Stanford University.[1] The  post contained a link to Open Knowledge: Changing the global course of learning.[2] Two clicks later I was signed up for the MOOC. Anyone with an internet connected device can sign up for the course for free. So far, a couple of hundred people from dozens of countries across the globe did so. Something has definitely changed between my experience thirty five years ago and now.

The course would start in September.[3] I'm now in week four of studying at an university in America. On line learning through a MOOC in a class of hundreds of people is an overwhelming experience for me.  Over the next couple of months I will update this blog regularly to share my experiences and learnings. Topics to cover will include my student experience now compared to thirty years ago, developments of ideas and my goals and plans in life with Open Knowledge.

[1]:      Bishakha Datta (a member of the Board of Trusteed of the Wikimedia Foundation), " [Wikimedia-l] Free online course on open knowledge", https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimedia-l/2014-May/072303.html.
[2]:      Due to bitrot the link contained in the post referred to in [1] above is now dead.
[3]:      Course sign up page as of September 22, 2014: http://online.stanford.edu/course/open-knowledge-changing-global-course-learning.