Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The Keys to Designing Successful Open Course Experiences - David Raths, Campus Technology

As more universities develop open courses, instructional designers and faculty members are experimenting with how to design environments that are compelling and valuable to participants. Curt Bonk, Ph.D., who teaches psychology and technology courses at Indiana University, has done a lot of thinking about the student experience in open courses. The author of The World Is Open, Bonk is conducting research in the field of self-directed open learning environments and online motivation. "The MOOC [massive open online course] is just one idea of many that are causing us to reflect on changes in higher education today," he said. "There are a lot of derivatives of MOOCs, and there will continue to be more. Community-building, sharing and peer support are three key aspects of success in building new types of course experiences."

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