Driving Awareness, Adoptions, and Affordability
Hear a blow-by-blow account of what it took to develop an open and online health education course that uses no textbook.
New repositories of open courseware and open courses are sprouting faster than spring flowers. These websites promise inexpensive open-licensed lessons, assignments, assessments, projects, videos and more. This session categorizes these offerings by academic discipline, academic level, accreditation, business model, completeness, licensing, formats and other criteria. Einstein University, National Repository of Online Courses/Hippocampus, Nixty, OER University, Open CourseWare Consortium, Open University, OpenStax College, Peer-to-Peer University, Saylor Foundation, UNU OpenCourseWare, and others are included in the comparison.
A decade ago, MIT OpenCourseware ignited an open education revolution sharing lectures and course syllabi online and thousands of colleges and universities worldwide joined. Fast-forward to 2011, 160,000enroll in an open Artificial Intelligence course at Stanford with online exams,interactive discussions, and completion certificates. A new model of open online education with credentialing for a modest fee is emerging. The Undersecretary of Education recommends these alternative ways to credential students so employers can accurately evaluate job skills. Community colleges are in a unique position to provide this credentialing as they embrace the open education model. Explore options to "open" your classroom practices to improve student learning and enhance your teaching.