ISKME's research on alternative learning pathways is delving into how MOOCs and other new learning models are incorporating peer-based learning. As Clare Middleton-Detzner, Research Associate at ISKME explains, "We are developing an analysis framework to map out how student-teacher interactions, peer-to-peer learning and new methods for recognizing achievement and completion are changing the education landscape."
MOOC research covers a broad range of topics in categories including Student Experience, Learning Design, and more. ISKME and ODG will propose research on peer interaction in three areas: assistance, comments, and grading.
Starting in July 2013, ODG began creating two Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). One will serve as an alternative pathway for educators to learn about rapid book publishing and the other an alternative pathway for educators to gain skills in scoping, scheduling, budgeting, and implementing the many projects they manage. The projects are supported by a diverse and geographically dispersed group of volunteers from academia, publishing, and industry.
The course The course titles are Rapid Book Publishing for Educators https://www.canvas.net/
Mitchell Levy, Executive Director of ODG and instructor of the Publishing course said, ”This is a great opportunity for attendees to hear about the positive and negative lessons learned from creating these MOOCs. Instructors will have the opportunity to work with hundreds of others in an online setting and be exposed to accelerated career-enhancing techniques built on both academic and industry best-practices.”
Christina Mune, a member of the conference organizing committee stated, "SJSU's Un/Conference is excited to hear from the MOOC developers on the opportunities and challenges this new, innovative educational tool presents. We expect our participants to derive practical advice on how they too can engage directly with MOOCs."
The courses are offered at no cost to students. The required textbooks are available at affordable prices.
About Open Doors Group
Open Doors Group (ODG) seeks to lower barriers to education for all learners. Projects include College OpenTextbooks, ODG MentorCloud, PM World, MOOCS/Courseware, and ODG Consulting. Founded in 2008, ODG supports an online community of more than 1500 educators and a listing of more than 700 open textbooks. Many of these textbooks have been peer reviewed for quality and for accessibility by handicapped students. ODG Consulting provides expertise in copyrights and licensing, rapid publishing, designing and developing Massive Open Online Courses, and the structure of the community college marketplace.
The Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME), an independent non-profit research institute established in 2002, is a pioneer in knowledge sharing and educational innovation. Dedicated to the study, spread, and strategic use of knowledge management in education, ISKME helps schools, colleges, universities, and the organizations that support them expand their capacity to collect and share information, apply it to well-defined problems, and create open knowledge-driven environments focused on learning and success. In assisting the K-20 education sector, ISKME also helps philanthropic organizations and government agencies examine and improve their own and their grantees’ processes for continuous improvement, evaluation, and learning. To learn more about ISKME, visit http://www.iskme.org/
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