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ERIC Number: EJ951238
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1527-6619
The Open Course: Through the Open Door--Open Courses as Research, Learning, and Engagement
Cormier, Dave; Siemens, George
EDUCAUSE Review, v45 n4 p30-32, 34-36, 38-39 Jul-Aug 2010
Over the last decade, as educators have increasingly experimented with social technologies and interactive pedagogies, the concept of a "course" has been significantly challenged. In particular, questions have arisen as to the key value of the course in the educational system. The numerous high-profile open courseware initiatives from elite universities suggest that content itself is not a sufficient value point on which to build the future of higher education. Indeed, the creators of the OpenCourseWare (OCW) initiative at MIT began with the realization that they were "not going to try to make money" from their content. The actions of institutions like MIT suggest that the true benefit of the academy is the interaction, the access to the debate, to the negotiation of knowledge--not to the stale cataloging of content. Although the open course builds on a long tradition of opening up the academy through lectures, learning via television, and public forums, it is relatively new in the online form. Online open courses challenge a number of assumptions about the idea of the course and can give educators--be they faculty members, trainers, or teachers--new insights into their fields as well as make the teaching process more rewarding. Online open courses can leverage communications technologies and open the door to learners to fully engage with the academic process. (Contains 9 notes.)
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Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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