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The First #OER MOOC Hoping to Steer Education toward The Right Direction


The story started with the picturing of the urgency of challenges in education in many parts of the world…

There is sometimes a sense of paralysis at the enormity of the challenge and the apparent impossibility of managing conflicting expectations. But we need a change in direction, as suggested in the scenario painted by Edward de Bono.

“Imagine a ship at sea that is in trouble. The lights keep going out. The engine is faltering. The rudder is unreliable. The first mate is drunk. The crew is very demoralised. The service is appalling. The passengers on the ship are very dissatisfied. Then a new captain and first mate are brought in by helicopter. Very quickly everything changes. The morale of the crew is lifted. Service improves. The engine is fixed. The rudder is fixed. The lights stay on. Everything is fine.

But the ship is still heading in the wrong direction.

The solution to these multiple challenges probably lies in a number of disruptive innovative solutions. These include inculcating self-learning (building on meta-cognition), measuring learning, collaborative and co-operative learning, personalisation of learning and learning analytics.

However, in addition to new systems or technologies, we need a fundamental change of perspective. Education is seen as the responsibility of the State and the system is based on authority and licenses and permissions to allow education to be transacted in modern times this is unlikely to work. As Henry Maine had said ‘ as society progresses, it moves from status to contract’. So must the educational system build contractual relationships between the learner and providers of learning as more important than statutory authority.

A very promising technological and pedagogical model that has received a lot of attention during the last few years and adoption by Stanford, Harvard, Duke and almost 100 of the world’s top ranking Universities to teach millions of learners is that of the MOOC. The MOOC is considered on the one hand as a panacea for education and on the other as a defilement of the sanctity of the higher education tradition. The truth will probably lie somewhere in between and we must explore the potential of MOOCs to create a model of simultaneously teaching on-site and off-site learners, using synchronous and a-synchronous teacher learner interactions to deliver high quality learning to large numbers , maybe evolve a model for a classroom of 10,000 learners.

OER Mooc

This event is a step in that direction.

– Prof. M M Pant

An OER MOOC is designed to enhance the knowledge about OERs and to help learners to effectively use and adopt OERs as well as to create OERs to contribute to the pool of Open Educational Resources. The MOOC was inaugurated by Prof Asha Kanwar, CEO & President, COL (9th August 2013). The instructors are :

Prof. Sanjay Jasola – Prof. Sanjay Jasola is presently the Vice Chancellor, Graphic Era Hill University, Dehradun, India.

Dr. Ramesh C. Sharma – Dr. Sharma is working as Regional Director of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), India.

The OER MOOC’ comprises 4 modules. All these modules have a nominal duration of one week, each module being structured as 5 sessions. The learning outcomes are :

LO1: Become informed of the various OERs, their different sources and the skills of searching and inclusion of OERs in educational programs.
LO2: Able to search for open licensed materials and create OERs.
LO3: Appreciate the significance of OERs Open Licenses in the evolution of copyright law and how new licensing regimes such as ‘creative commons’ become a game changer in education.
LO4: Will be able to develop a sample OER related to his/her field of expertise.

More than six hundreds of learners from across the world have joined the course. Visit the link http://www.wiziq.com/course/28219-the-oer-mooc to join it, or follow twitter hashtag #oermooc for staying on the top of its progress.

More great works from Dr. Ramesh C. Sharma are attached below for your reference.

Open access publication : Transforming Indian Education  with MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses)

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  1. Thank you, Jessie, so much for the kind coverage of the #oermooc. God bless!

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