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Thursday, November 20 • 9:45am - 10:15am
Changing the global course of learning: Our experience teaching an open, online, formal/informal, bilingual, international, multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional course

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In this session we will share our first-hand experiences of developing and offering an experimental open (CC BY SA), online post-secondary course: Open Knowledge: Changing the Course of Global Learning. This course, to be offered in the Fall of 2014, aims to help students of business, education, library and information science and publishing studies increase their understanding of the foundations of open knowledge creation, use, dissemination, and evaluation, to collaborate with learners from other cultures and disciplines, and to work effectively in rapidly changing knowledge environments.

Open Knowledge is a MOOC, in that it is online, follows a traditional course format, and is freely available to anyone interested in participating. However, it will also be simultaneously offered for credit to registered students at the University of British Columbia (Canada), Simon Fraser University (Canada), Stanford University (United States), Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México (Mexico), Fordham University (United States) and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (Ghana). In this way, the course attempts to reduce the barrier that is typically erected between the classroom and the outside world. Students will be learning in the world, not separated from it. Finally, the course aims to push the boundaries of learner control, requiring learners to define their own learning objectives, to add materials they discover and find interesting to the weekly resource list, and to assess their own learning and progress.

The course not only covers issues of "openness" (open education, open access, open source, open science, open data, open licensing, etc.) in its content, but assembled its course materials from existing OERs, made any new content available under a CC-BY-SA license, and attempts to introduce methods of open pedagogy that encourage self-determined learning and challenge traditional classroom power relationships, including the use of personal learning objectives, student-contributed course materials, weekly student leadership responsibilities, open reflective blogging, the creation and sharing of OERs as major assignments, and self-assessments.

Our presentation will report on the philosophical and logistical challenges of planning, developing, and organizing this kind of experimental, multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional, international, bilingual course. Special attention will be focused on issues related to the bilingual nature of the course and the myriad of legal issues faced in its creation and delivery. We will also describe our experiences working with the students, possibilities for offering the course again, and our plans to openly share our own learning and research findings after the course concludes.

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Lauren Maggio

Director of Research and Instruction, Stanford University School of Medicine
Hi - My name is Lauren and I am a student, librarian, teacher and researcher. I live in Berkeley, California where I love to ride my bike, go to farmers' markets, knit things, go to the theater and read children's books. As a PhD student at the University of California, San... Read More →
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Bozena Mierzejewska

Assistant Professor, Fordham University
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Kevin Stranack

Public Knowledge Project, Simon Fraser University Library (Canada)
Kevin Stranack is the Membership Development & Community Education Coordinator at the Public Knowledge Project (PKP) at Simon Fraser University. Kevin holds a Master of Library and Information Studies from the University of British Columbia and a Master of Adult Education from the... Read More →

Thursday November 20, 2014 9:45am - 10:15am EST

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