PP05-Introduction

 Overview

Course facilitators


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4 official languages of singapore for the word "why" (English, Malay, Tamil, Chinese). Singapore has over 20 spoken languages: A metaphor for variety and diversity which will be reflected in participants and their objectives for attending this course and the participants of a MOOC.


Background

Over the past decade, the concept of a course has been challenged, with educators asking where the value of a course lies. Is it in content they contain, the engagement with others, or the social spaces they create? As we see online social technologies increasingly being used in higher education, the concept of the course is being challenged even further, especially when the content is free and the engagement with others is happening in online social spaces. This disruptive innovation has the potential to significantly change how we think about traditional educational approaches. Open online courses, including those involving very large numbers of participants (MOOCs) have been identified as a key mechanism by which access to high quality academic education can be expanded and new teaching pedagogies be supported. Formal research in this emerging field is relatively limited, with only 45 peer reviewed papers at the time of writing. This teaching approach is being explored by many universities around the world and appears set to grow even further. The benefits of open online courses include the development of skills that exist “outside” the formal curriculum, including lifelong learning in relation to open education, personal knowledge management and the effective use of web-based platforms and services. However, while open courses have a range of benefits when integrated with classroom-based learning, they also carry risks. There is evidence to suggest that simply providing access to content and the online learning environment is not enough to ensure deep learning, and that educators need to be careful of making assumptions about how “openness” influences learning. Our own experiences suggest that running an open online course offers significant benefits for both local students and those participating at a distance. Through the broader social connections, opportunities for collaboration, and exposure to many different perspectives, the learning environment is significantly altered and made increasingly complex, which has been shown to enhance the potential for learning During this course participants will have an opportunity to experience an open, online course as a participant while also exploring the research basis that supports this approach to teaching. They will also be able to discuss the tips and advice gained from the experience of the facilitators and review an approach that can be used to evaluate the course. We believe that online education has an increasingly relevant role to play in a variety of contexts in the profession. In addition, as social media and other online technologies become increasingly embedded in higher education, health care professionals will need to be familiar with the context of learning in open, online spaces.

Activity

In your groups, share with one another the reasons for why you are attending this course. If possible, go the online workspace and in a brief sentence or two, share your group's main ideas.