For Winter 2012 I’m scheduled to teach a graduate current issues seminar here at BYU. Rather than teach the same Introduction to Open Education I’ve taught in the past, I’m going to expand out and teach “Introduction to Openness in Education.” While I’m going to include much more than just OER, I am going to restrict the topics covered to things directly applicable to education. This broader set of topics is what, to me, really constitutes Open Education. However, because people have somehow managed to conflate Open Education with OER, I’m going to try this new title.
Currently I’m planning to include the following topics (at least one week each) in the course:
- Open Licensing
- Open Source
- Open Content
- Open Educational Resources
- Open Access
- Open Data
- Open Science
- Open Teaching
- Open Business Models
- Open Policy
Is there another open _________ directly relevant to education that I should be including in the course? Have I left something out?
I’m going to (1) focus on seminal readings (or videos) from leaders in each area and (2) focus discussion on how the meaning of “open” changes across these closely related, yet different, contexts. I’ll create one assignment per topic, but following the Reverend’s great example with #DS106, will also open these assignments to crowdsourcing.
Of course I’ll be practicing open teaching and inviting anyone who wants to participate to do so. There will be three options for receiving recognition for participating in the course:
- People who enroll for credit at BYU will receive BYU credits
- People are free to enroll in an Independent Study course at another institution. These students will need to identify a cooperating faculty member who will accept a grade from me at the end of the term by email, which they will record. This way you can earn credits for the course at your home institution.
- Assuming the infrastructure has stabilized sufficiently, other participants will be eligible to receive a badge via the Mozilla Open Badges Infrastructure for the course.
As always, I’m open to and hoping for your feedback and ideas about how to improve the course. Looking forward to seeing many of you online next semester!