Back in 2016, I was seconded as a TEL Designer at the OU, here are my notes during my study.
Thinking about how costing up a course will affect whether it has further funding in future? Finance and future projects will rely on this greatly. One of my colleagues at the OU attended SXSWedu conference in Austin, Texas, US. And noted that the education landscape has been hit quite badly and a lot of budgets have tightened their belts. Where as here in the UK we have not quite had to tighten our belts so much, however we will do eventually. The economic state in US has led to real need, thirst and hunger for educational technologies to come into schools when not much government funding is available. Many projects in American school/colleges go on for a 2 year pilot scheme with a view to be extended, however many stop after 2 years and another startup will move into the school. Funding and future developments and the possibility of conversion rates from informal learning students to formal learning students will increase revenue for many educational institutions. Collaborating with many smaller start ups will be key to increase awareness of 3rd party technologies and save money for many educationally based institutes. With a mutual working relation between small startup and universities there is a lot that they can learn from one another. Referring to Netflix A-B testing models. Every new user is seeing a different version of netflix everyday so the data collected is massive and very important for future web developments. This is adds the idea embracing new techs will be important too. In the US Blockchain is well established, the JISC Horizon placed the idea on a 4-5 year future horizon in the UK. So this a lot that we can learn from them as to best practice and how this has worked.
‘are different ways of teaching required to make effective use of open education?’
This could be used to see how we lead the learner through the activities effectively. In terms of how this will be important in its application to Open Education the following way help:
- Good simple ways to signpost users with easy to follow terms and terminology.
- Assessing the week’s worth of activities are possible in a learners work life balance in a given MOOC course.
- Using a good mix of learning activities or learning design to engage the learners along the journey. Eg video, podcasts, offline learning, reading papers and engaging in collaborative activities.
- Differentiation of activities with a wide range of resources for the digitally divided communities/ generations/ and types of users.
Ensuring that we use the best technology for the best suited situation, giving that we explore the correct contexts for the situation. As specific types of learners will need specific types of technologies to use. The spectrum of user profiles is large and varied. Third party tools need rigorous testing to ensure that they comply with the requirements of the providers needs, including accessibility. Key to being cost effective technology/application to use as this would need to be possibly an Open Source alternative. This would lower the cost and increase the uptake on a common application that many learners would enrol/engage with.