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Open vs. Closed eLearning Environments

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Jenny Rew

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Open vs. Closed eLearning Environments
Open vs. Closed Access
Theories and Methodology
Advantages of eLearning
Could online learning work for you?
Final Reflection
On your blog, reflect on open and closed systems in the light of what you ​have ​learned in this course. Please ​refer ​to your initial reflection and how it might have been changed as a result of taking this course.

Concerns with eLearning
Open: Loosely defined, open courses offer educational materials, syllabi, etc. globally via the open web to anyone wishing to learn. Actual implementation and resources can vary for various reasons - the decision of those (individual or institution) offering the course.
Closed: Closed courses frequently, though not always, more closely mirror the traditional classroom. Information is limited to a set number of participants. The teacher controls the course content, instruction, and sequence. Allows for collaborative learning in a private setting.
More about Open Courses
Open-Access Courses: How They Compare
“Open Access enhances research communication by making
the results of publicly funded research available to all.
Opening up the knowledge base means more researchers can
build on it and there is less duplication of effort. Researchers
can reach a greater audience and find that their work is
more widely read and cited, institutions enjoy an enhanced
reputation as their research becomes more visible, funding
agencies see a greater return on their investment, and
publishers find that the impact of their journals increases.
As a result, publicly funded research has more impact and
society as a whole benefits.”
A Comparison
MOOCs and Open Courses - – what's the difference?
What is a MOOC?
More about Closed Courses
Open courses frequently follow
Closed courses often follow a
Of course, there are always exceptions. Can you think of any personal experience(s) that may conform to or diverge from the above?
Some advantages include:
- Changing the role of the participants: passive receptors to contributors
- Unrestricted access to material
Can you think of others?
Some concerns include:
Security... Privacy...
Property... Legal issues...
Will online learning work for me?
Massive Open Online Adventure
Teaching a MOOC is not for the faint-hearted (or the untenured)
For further thought and consideration:
Try this self-assessment!
Please take a few moments to reflect on your current knowledge of open vs. closed access eLearning environments. We ask that you do this prior to continuing on in this lesson.

As you reflect, consider the following:
Do you have any previous experience with open and/or closed online courses?
Why do you think an instructor would choose one over the other?
What might be some advantages and disadvantages of each choice?

Do not share this reflection at this point in time, but keep it available as you will refer to it again at the end of the lesson.

Online vs. Traditional Classes
The Differences Between Online and Traditional Classroom Educations
Constructivism in online learning
(take a listen...)
For your continued learning (and enjoyment):
Keep going for an additional (optional) video and a laugh!
Online collaboration can be fun!
Thank you!
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