Professional Learning in Massive Open Online Courses

  A study by researchers at Glasgow Caledonian University and Harvard University published April 2014 found that massive open online courses (MOOCs) encourage passive learning among professionals. MOOCs miss the opportunity to exploit the knowledge and expertise diverse groups of healthcare professionals bring to the course. The research recommends that MOOC designers focus on capitalising…

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Conflicting perspectives on MOOCs

  Katie Vale and I  recently wrote a chapter on Massive Open Online Courses: a traditional or transformative approach to learning which will be published in 2014 in Reusing Open Resources (Routledge) http://www.taylorandfrancis.com/catalogs/educational_technology_e-learning/2/2/. In the chapter we explore the conflicting opinions and perspectives around MOOCs. These perspectives are rooted in the diverse origins of the concept of…

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OER for adult learning

            Overview and Analysis of Practices with Open Educational Resources in Adult Education in Europe    Published by the European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Prospective Technological Studies on November 21, 2013  Authors: Isobel Falconer, Lou McGill, Allison Littlejohn, Eleni Boursinou, Claedonian Academy, Glasgow Caledonian University, UK Editors: Christine Redecker, Jonatan…

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Interdisciplinary volume on Technology-enhanced professional learning

We are about to  interdisciplinary volume “Technology-Enhanced Professional Learning: Processes, practices, and tools“. The book is by Routledge in November 2013.   Co-edited by Professor Allison Littlejohn and Dr Anoush Margaryan of the Caledonian Academy, Glasgow Caledonian University, the book integrates contributions from a range of leading scholars from ten different countries (UK, US, Australia, Estonia,…

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Four observations on how OER initiatives are modelled

Isobel Falconer, Lou McGill, Eleni Boursinou and I  have been commissioned by the EC to carry out a SWOT analysis of Open Educational Resource initiatives for adult learning. In 2012 we carried out a scoping of adult learning initiatives using OER. We identified over 150 different initiatives distributed across Europe. In March we invited the leaders of the initiatives…

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Open Educational Practice

Are communities helpful environments for changing professional practice? Authors: Allison Littlejohn, Lou McGill, Isobel Falconer, Helen Beetham For Open Education week at 11am (GMT) on Thursday at Lou McGill, David Kernohan and Allison Littlejohn will present some of the key findings from the UKOER programme ‘What you can learn from the UKOER experience‘. The programme…

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OER4Adults: methodology to scope practices around OERs

In OER4Adults we are providing an overview of Open Educational Practices in Europe by identifying, describing and classifying a comprehensive number of European OER initiatives in the area of Lifelong Learning and adult education. We are identifying bottlenecks and barriers to the innovative implementation and use of OERs in adult learning, surfacing factors critical to…

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OER4Adults: researching practices around Open Educational Resources

On Sept 4th 2012 Lou McGill, Isobel Falconer and I met with Yves Punie and Stefania Bocconi at the European Commission’s Institute for Prospective Technological Studies in Seville. We launched an exciting new study that has the potential to shift the dialogue around the creation and use of Open Educational Resources (OERs): OER4Adults (http://oer4adults.org) A unique aspect of the project is that, while encompassing…

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