Intro to Open Ed Class – Feedback and Enrolling

I have posted the first draft of the syllabus for my fall course, called Introduction to Open Education. I would absolutely love your feedback on important literature I’ve missed (especially your own papers!), topics that you think deserve their own dedicated week’s worth of time, etc. Feel free to either edit the syllabus directly or to use the discussion tab at the top of the page.

I’m also very happy to say that this class will be completely online, run completely in the open, and is welcome to all comers. If you would like to take the course for credit, just sign up for an independent study at your university and find a supervising faculty member to whom I can send a grade at the end of term. Be sure to contact me directly to let me know you’re taking the course for credit and send contact info for your supervising faculty member. Then add your info to the syllabus as directed (Name :: School :: Email :: Blog) so the rest of us can find you.

If you don’t need credit but would still like to participate in the course, I’d also love to have you! Please just go ahead and add yourself to the syllabus.

I’m hoping this will be an extremely international (though sadly, primarily English) experience for all of us.

5 thoughts on “Intro to Open Ed Class – Feedback and Enrolling”

  1. Thanks, David, for the second time in less than a week. It’s wonderful that you and others (eg, Stephen Downes) open the organization of your own learning and experience to others.

    I was particularly drawn to the question in Week 11: “What will the future of higher education look like?” You or your students might enjoy my soon-to-be-released blog ( that pretty much focuses on this question. The site is still in development and is presently password protected, but should be open in mid-August after I return from a short trip.

    Here’s a paragraph from one post that describes what I hope to do in the blog:
    “American (U.S.) higher education seems to me to have increasingly gone awry. That’s why I’m writing this blog. I’m interested in institutional change; in how the institution of higher education changes rather than in how changes occur in educational institutions, although the two are not unrelated of course. I’ll also be looking at the margins of higher education, for it is there that the experiments, innovations, and breakthroughs that drive seemingly discontinuous institutional change can get a toehold and perhaps bloom.”

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