How “Open” Are MOOCs?

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Inside Higher ED has a post by Steve Kolwich about the opening keynote at Educause.  In his keynote, New York University’s Clay Shirky addressed the openness (or lack thereof) of MOOCs, which he considers the more provocative aspect of MOOCs than their size.  The whole piece is focuses on the relationship between MOOCs, Open Educational Resources (OER), and the terms of service of some of the new commercial providers of MOOCs ( e.g., Udacity, edX, Coursera).  The full article provides an interesting look at the whole issue.

Sakai Foundation and Jasig Approve Merger to Form Apereo

From Sakai website:

The membership of Jasig and Sakai, pioneers in the development and adoption of open source software to support education, have voted overwhelmingly to merge their two organizations. The new non-profit entity formed by the merger, Apereo, will continue to foster the creation and sustenance of open source software in support of education and research – but with a significantly enlarged membership and reach. Continue reading

Excelsior College: Identifies MOOCs and Open Educational Resources for Proficiency Exams

Excelsior College has identified free–or inexpensive–online courses for students to use to prepare for proficiency examinations.  The resources are listed in their study guides for those exams.  According to William M. Stewart, a spokesman for the college, they are looking to MOOCs as they develop as additional resources for this purpose.   He said that MOOCs and competency based examinations are part of the “post-traditional era of higher education.”  Even in this new era, however, “the world still requires some credible evidence, credible proof, that you’ve learned what you say you’ve learned.”

Link to Excelsior College’s “Exam Content Guides and Documentation” page.

Excelsior College “A Guide to Open Educational Resources (OER)

Excelsior College Examinations (ECEs) page

Quotes for William M. Stewart are from Inside Higher ED