OUT NOW! How to make an open online course
We are delighted to announce that How to make an open online course is now live. It is a new badged open course which explains how to design, structure and produce your own open online course. It was written by the Free Learning Team at The Open University and includes sections by the OEPS project team. How to make an open online course complements the OEPS course Becoming an Open Educator which was released in September 2016 to focus on how to find open resources, how open licences work, the benefits of using and remixing OER and how they might influence the course you create.
How to make an open online course guides you through the practical steps to take in building a course including planning the course, how it might be hosted online, the use and reuse of free content, what sort of assessment activities you might want to include, social learning and the important steps you need to take before you publish your course. It prompts you to think about what consider to as you compile content, it also discusses the writing and editing process.
When the OEPS project began, these two courses were proposed as key tools to help those discovering the benefits of using OER for widening participation in higher and further education. As the project has progressed and we work with partners to help them create their own OER for their particular contexts we have reflected on processes of course creation. We have focussed especially on how a course can be created in collaboration between universities and organisations or those unfamiliar with how to produce meaningful online learning materials and this experience has been incorporated into these courses.
The Open University has plenty of expertise in creating good quality distance educational materials to support students, more recently in online settings both for formal courses and for the informal courses and resources hosted on OpenLearn. The OU Free Learning team, who commission all the free open courses hosted on OpenLearn, including the highly successful OU Badged Open Courses, have compiled How to make an open online course to share this knowledge in an accessible way to anyone who wants to try building their own course.
The OEPS project team welcome your thoughts, comments and suggestions on how this new badged open course or Becoming an Open Educator makes a different to your open educational practice. Please contact us at (oepscotland [at] gmail.com) or tweet using the hashtag #openeducator about your experience of using these two courses to guide your course building activities.
Posted on December 2, 2016, in Announcement, free course and tagged Becoming an open educator, How to make an open online course, OER, open badge, open badges, The Open University. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.