The OER MOOC
Almost everyone in India is conscious of the importance and urgency of
the Challenges in Education and these are reflected in several other
parts of the world as well. Some of these are the challenge of numbers,
of relevance, of Quality, of access, of costs and of speed.
There is sometimes a sense of paralysis at the enormity of the
challenge and the apparent impossibility of managing conflicting
expectations. But we need a change in direction, as suggested in the
scenario painted by Edward de Bono.
“Imagine a ship at sea
that is in trouble. The lights keep going out. The engine is faltering.
The rudder is unreliable. The first mate is drunk. The crew is very
demoralised. The service is appalling. The passengers on the ship are
very dissatisfied. Then a new captain and first mate are brought in by
helicopter. Very quickly everything changes. The morale of the crew is
lifted. Service improves. The engine is fixed. The rudder is fixed. The
lights stay on. Everything is fine.
But the ship is still
heading in the wrong direction.”
The solution to these multiple challenges probably lies in a number of
disruptive innovative solutions. These include inculcating
self-learning (building on meta-cognition), measuring learning,
collaborative and co-operative learning, personalisation of learning
and learning analytics.
However, in addition to new systems or technologies, we need a
fundamental change of perspective. Education is seen as the
responsibility of the State and the system is based on authority and
licenses and permissions to allow education to be transacted in modern
times this is unlikely to work. As Henry Maine had said ' as society
progresses, it moves from status to contract'. So must the educational
system build contractual relationships between the learner and
providers of learning as more important than statutory authority.
A very promising technological and pedagogical model that has received
a lot of attention during the last few years and adoption by Stanford,
Harvard, Duke and almost 100 of the world's top ranking Universities to
teach millions of learners is that of the MOOC. The MOOC is considered
on the one hand as a panacea for education and on the other as a
defilement of the sanctity of the higher education tradition. The truth
will probably lie somewhere in between and we must explore the
potential of MOOCs to create a model of simultaneously teaching on-site
and off-site learners, using synchronous and a-synchronous teacher
learner interactions to deliver high quality learning to large numbers
, maybe evolve a model for a classroom of 10,000 learners.
This event is a step in that direction.
M M Pant
Learn about the OER MOOC
The Open Education Resources is a 4 week online program designed to
enhance knowledge about OERs and to equip for effective use and adopt
OERs in ones programs as well as to be able to create your own OERs and
contribute to the pool of OER resources. The nominal duration for
completing this course is 4 weeks. However, because of the nature of
this program which allows flexibility and personalisation, participants
may take another 2 weeks if they so wish to complete the course. This
MOOC is designed to help impart the knowledge and develop the skills
needed to be successful in learning from OERs or teaching the chosen
subject to post secondary students and life-long learners using OERs.
MOOC after OER include access to colleagues and discussion forums with
other MOOC participants centered upon common interests and pursuits.
informed of the various OERs, their different sources and the skills of
searching and inclusion of OERs in educational programs.
: Able to
search for open licensed materials and create OERs.
Appreciate the significance of OERs Open Licenses in the evolution of
copyright law and how new licensing regimes such as 'creative commons'
become a game changer in education.
: Will be
able to develop a sample OER related to his/her field of expertise.
What do we expect of the learners
In order to receive the maximum benefits from this course, participants
• dedicate focused time towards learning
• participate in discussions
• be active learners
• share their ideas and experiences
‘The OER MOOC’ comprises 4 modules. All these modules have a nominal
duration of one week, each module being structured as 5 sessions, which
may be seen as a daily action plan for systematic and regular
participation in learning and have similar components including:
• Introductory Text based materials
• Introductory Video
• Lecture Presentations
• Blog posts for learning materials
• Tweets from time to time
• A resource base of links to relevant resources
Each module takes approximately 4-5 hours, depending on ability and
engagement with online materials. The indicative themes for the 4
modules is as follows:
Module 1 - The
Session 1.1: The story of OERs (a disruptive innovation) and its
Session 1.2: Introduction to Licensing: Copyright and Creative Commons
Session 1.3: Taxonomy / Classification/ Tagging of OERs
Session 1.4: Sources of Resources for OERs
Session 1.5: OERs OERs in India and other regions (Asia, Europe, Africa
Module 2 -
Learning from OERs:
Session 2.1: A survey of learning tools and learning opportunities with
Session 2.2: How to choose an appropriate OER?
Session 2.3: Requisite learner skills set for learning from an OER
Session 2.4: Recognition of learning from OERs
Session 2.5: Augmenting the learning environment with OERs and
Module 3 -
Effective Teaching with OERs:
Session 3.1: Instructional design considerations for an OER
Session 3.2: Assessment of suitability , and adopting of an OER in a
Session 3.3: Monitoring the impact of OER on a course and measuring its
Session 3.4: Licensing: copy right and creative commons
Session 3.5: Developing an OER for a specific learning context and
Contributing to an OER Repository
Module 4 - OERs
and Education Providers :
Session 4.1: Policy imperatives driving OERs
Session 4.2: OERs as an economic value proposition
Session 4.3: Models of adoption of OERs: Global Case Studies
Session 4.4: Developing Institutional OER adoption plans
Session 4.5: Beyond OERs: What next?
Prof. Sanjay Jasola
Ramesh C. Sharma
and Dr. Nellie Deutsch
The schedule provides a general timeline for pacing of the course. The
course can be paced slower according to participant needs. Support will
be provided for all course materials for six weeks. A schedule of
synchronous sessions (if any) and any local groups created will be
posted for the course. Course materials can be accessed 24/7. Weekends
are intended for flexibility in pacing for participants to catch up or
There is no examination or grade for this course. Certificate of
participation may be given on specific requests made with the final
feed-back submitted along with the post- diagnostic test.
A Helpdesk is available on a 24x7 basis, having a ticketing system and
reachable through toll free number or SMS. This Helpdesk will be
available for a period of 2 months. Details for contacting the Helpdesk
will be provided shortly before it being activated. Till then for any
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