Contact North continues to produce a range of interesting short pieces on different aspects of online learning. (Disclaimer: I am a Contact North research associate, and have contributed a few times.)
The April 9 edition of Contact North’s Online Learning News contains three such contributions (all these pieces are generally anonymously written):
Dr. Rory McGreal, Contact North | Contact Nord Research Associate and the UNESCO/Commonwealth of Learning Chair in Open Educational Resources answers these fundamental questions in a series of 10 short, informative videos, Open Educational Resources (OER) – A Video Primer.
There are two available at the moment, with others coming:
- What are open educational resources?
- Comparing commercial and open educational resources.
This piece suggests some steps that can help faculty and instructors approach the issue of innovative teaching in a systematic way, including
- being clear on the problem you are trying to solve
- working in a team
- applying technology appropriately to address the problem to be solved
- evaluating and disseminating your innovation
I have recently visited a Canadian university developing a major strategy around flexible learning, and this short piece (by someone else) suggests a wide range of ways in which institutions can increase their flexibility, including:
- course design and delivery options
- learning recognition and credit granting
- program completion
- transition from apprenticeship through diploma to degrees to graduate work .
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