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Designing a continuing professional development MOOC on OER and OEP

Karunanayaka, S. P. and Naidu , Som and Rajendra, J. C. N. and Ariadurai, S. A. (2018) Designing a continuing professional development MOOC on OER and OEP. Open Praxis, 10 (2). pp. 179-190. ISSN 2304-070X

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    Abstract

    There is growing interest in the adoption of open educational resources (OER) and open educational practices (OEP) in a variety of contexts. Continuing professional development (CPD) among practitioners in the effective adoption of OER and OEP is critical in this scenario. Massive open online courses (MOOCs), which also grew as part of the open education movement, provide a feasible means for this purpose. MOOCs are considered a ‘disruptive innovation’ in making free and open learning opportunities accessible to large numbers. Yet, the design of an effective massive online course that is as robust as a great online course with smaller student numbers where good principles of teaching and learning are maintained, is very challenging. Most contemporary MOOCs tend to have a content-driven focus of knowledge transmission, deviating from its original focus of knowledge generation. With the intention of providing learning experiences to promote learner engagement with OER, rather than presenting content about OER, we designed a CPD MOOC to support the integration of OER and adoption OEP by practitioners based on a scenario-based learning (SBL) approach. This paper presents the analysis and design phases of this process, discussing the challenges faced and innovative strategies adopted in our pursuit to answer the question, ‘“How best to design an effective MOOC on OER and OEP for continuing professional development of practitioners?”

    Item Type: Journal Article
    Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
    Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
    Divisions: Centre for Flexible Learning (CFL)
    Depositing User: Som Naidu
    Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2018 11:12
    Last Modified: 11 Jun 2018 11:12
    URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/10639
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