OpenEd week 5 -work in progress

Week 5: Example Open Education Projects Open University (UK) Open Content Initiative

I’m evaluating two courses:

a) Living with the internet: learning on line

Learning online is one of the great advantages of information technology. This unit will help you establish a safe and comfortable working environment to ensure that your study time at the computer screen does not impact on your health. It also looks at the basic skills for online study, such as file management and installing software.

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Time: 4 hours
Level: Introductory

Topic: Study Skills
Last Modified: September 6th 2007

b) Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus

What does Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus tell us about the author and the time at which the play was written? This unit will help you to discover the intricacies of the play and recognise how a knowledge of the historical and political background of the time can lead to a very different understanding of the author’s intended meaning.

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Time: 15 hours
Level: Intermediate

Topic: Arts and History
Last Modified: September 19th 2007

Both are topics of my interest as I’m a teacher of English Literature using a blended learning approach in my personal Moodle. What I’m presentely doing is just re-writing the material offered for a more interactive approach adding other moodle resources and activities.

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Carnegie Mellon Open Learning Initiative

UNESCO Open Training Platform

MIT OCW

National Repository of Online Courses

QUESTIONS: What do these representative open education projects have in common? What differentiates them? In the context of open education projects, what does “quality” mean?

I’m not going to answer the questions direcly as my detailed analysis of the websites has not been completed yet. In the process I’ve been adopting the point of view of a teacher looking for interesting teaching material. Once I found some material of interest I stopped and checked pros and cons.

I found a couple of courses (Living with the Internet and Marlowe) worth analyzing in detail. However I have to admit to have been quite partial in the chioce: I’ve been working in Moodle since a long time with my students and found the delivery quite familiar. They are well designed and efficacious in the communicative mode.

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