ECI 519 (2020)

Media, Technology & Open Learning

This course covers different forms of media used for instruction, about how they can be produced and disseminated, and about the technologies that help and hinder the process of understanding. This course will explore how media, text, and technology intersect and will benefit students who anticipate authoring or sharing instructional media and texts as well as those who anticipate using or managing materials authored by others in an instructional context. We will focus on issues related to the open learning movement (open courseware, open software, open educational resources), through which technology is used to make instructional media and texts available to a wide audience. We will cover technologies used to create and share media/texts and concerns related to copyright, authorship and sharing.

Open Learning is a movement employing technology to make instructional texts and media available to global audiences. At the heart of open learning are the subsequent “opens,” like Open Content, Open Courseware, Open Source Software, and Open Knowledge. With open used in so many different ways, digital management becomes a huge concern. How do copyright and intellectual property rights come into play? Who is considered the author of open materials? How does sharing and adapting course materials work? This class was full of must-know information for educators, including the answers to these questions. We further discussed and wrote about Creative Commons licensing, open licensing, digital repositories, digital learning objects, and social information networks, among other aspects of the movement.

The term open in the context of learning and education is quite complex, which is perhaps the reason educators don’t know more about the open learning movement. What’s great about all things open is the community that comes together in the process. For example, perhaps an author has a great amount of content knowledge, but knows little about pedagogy. Support communities encourage authors to post content while contributors make the content better. Appropriately designing instruction can be difficult, and that’s where the communities come in.

Authorship and Intellectual Property in the Classroom

Digital Literacy. 21st Century Skills. Authorship & Online Resources. Creative Commons & OCW. Copyrights & Ethical Behavior. Intellectual Property Laws. Academic Integrity. Fair Use. Copyright Infringement.

Digital Repository Critique (ScholarWorks)

Compilation of Digital Repositories. UMass ScholarWorks. Open Access. Archive University Resources. Feedback. Direct Communication. Interface Design. Metadata. High Faculty Involvement.

The Social Information Network Experience

Google+. Resource Sharing. Informative. Practical. Increase Creativity. Powtoon. The Spanish Experiment. Nearpod. Poll Everywhere. Blackboard CourseSites. OER Commons. Engage in Conversations. Intuitive. Social Networking,

Open Learning Concept Maps and Final Reflection

Open Education. Open Knowledge. Open Source. Open Learning. Open CourseWare. Open Content. Open Educational Resources. Make Educational Opportunities Available. Minimize Economic Barriers. Reuse. Adapt. Modify. Remix. Pedagogy. Content Quality. Teaching & Learning Processes.

I wrote several papers and reflections for Media, Technology, and Open Learning. I am also including these written discussions because these show my ability to compile the information, analyze, and question the various topics.

The Usefulness of Sharing

What exactly does “free” mean?

What You Pay for Versus What You Design For

Designing Repositories

Sharing & Learning

Peer 2 Peer University (P2PU)

Why do ownership and authorship matter so much in education?

Open Content, Repositories & Actual Use

Openstax CNX

Is OSS free?

Contributing to the OSS Movement

What are the pros and cons of open LMSs?

How many OCW projects do we really need?

Assessing Accuracy & Quality

Instructors as a Mash-Up Artists

Instructors & Intellectual Property

Transforming Education via Open Teaching

OLI from a Student Perspective

Culture & Acceptance of Open Learning

How effective is “free” open education?

RIP Textbooks?

Are OERs putting instructional designers out of jobs?

Who Puts the Open in Open Education?

OERs: Shop Local, or Amazon?

Instructional Designers, Corporate Settings & Open Learning