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Wednesday, June 18 • 4:00pm - 5:30pm
POSTER.22 – What Do We Mean By Open: A TOOC vs. the Prevalent

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In January of 2014, the Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching Effectiveness (GMCTE) at the University of Saskatchewan launched the open course, Introduction to Learning Technologies. The course is being offered simultaneously to both a small blended cohort (mostly online, with five face-to-face sessions) and a much larger open group of participants. This course is designed for faculty, instructors or teachers who wish to learn more about effective uses of learning technologies. Participants explore pedagogically-informed use of blogs, podcasts, social bookmarking and a host of other tools, in addition to considering the implications of copyright and Creative Commons, digital citizenship and digital literacy for their teaching practice.

The prevailing model for most MOOCs these days involves the course being housed in a closed platform such as that used by Coursera. Participants must register to view the course content and materials cannot be used outside of that course. Participants usually only communicate with others in the course and sometimes not even then, and yet the first “O” in MOOC stands for “open”.

The open course from the GMCTE is what we consider to be a truly open online course or TOOC. The course is built on the open source blogging platform, Wordpress and all materials developed by GMCTE carry Creative Commons licenses, allowing anyone to use, remix and share them. While participants are encouraged to register to make it easier to reach those interested in completing the course as a cohort and to get an idea of who is going through the course, it is not required to access the course materials.

The open nature of the TOOC not only benefits participants directly, but also the course designer and facilitator due to the feedback that is provided by those who are not registered, but have browsed the course materials. This poster session will explore the concept of the TOOC and the benefits and drawbacks realized by the participants and facilitator.

Wednesday June 18, 2014 4:00pm - 5:30pm EDT
McArthur Hall

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