Some interesting developments in online education platforms. Pearson Publishing who provides the MathXL platform I use for teaching online is introducing OpenClass. It is a new kind of learning management system that is offered through the ‘Cloud‘ via Google Apps for Education.
OpenClass will be offered free of charge. A beta version is supposed to be available October 18th. Pearson’s model is to provide and charge for curriculum content. However, other content providers will also be able to make use of the platform.
For more details see the press release here. See their website at http://www.joinopenclass.com. A promotional video, without much in the way of details, is available here.
This development could very well be the ‘game changer’ Pearson claims it to be. The demand for online learning continues to grow, here in BC and around the world.
On June 30th, I participated in webinar presentation on the National Repository of Online Courses’ new developmental math online materials. I blogged about this earlier. See http://faculty.camosun.ca/martinbuck/2011/03/01/nroc-focus-group/ for background info.
The project’s website is http://www.nrocmath.org. A recording of the webinar is available at this link. You may also download the slides.
These media rich materials may have some application to our fundamental level learners at Songhees. I will be following up in the coming days about piloting the materials at Songhees.
Just made my first posting to the above. Here’s the link to it.
Still time to sign up for it. See http://wikieducator.org/Learning4Content/Workshops/eL4C41/Register
I first learned about Wikieductor at a Commonwealth of Learning conference I attended in 2008.
The following information from the Commonwealth of Learning about the above free workshop will be of interest who have been following the Open Education Resource initiative. I’ve found Wikieductor to be a useful tool, particularly for Computer Studies. I believe it also has an application for math essential skills.
“WikiEducator Gives Back” online workshop, July-August 2010
21 July – 4 August 2010
“WikiEducator Gives Back” is a unique opportunity to interact with some of WikiEducator’s most seasoned and experienced facilitators and editors. This free wiki workshop is presented online over 10 working days and requires approximately 15-20 minutes per day. The course is presented asynchronously – so you can work at times which fit your own schedule. Join educators around the world who are returning to the core values of sharing knowledge freely.
“WikiEducator Gives Back” is part of the Learning4Content project, which is the world’s largest attempt to build wiki skills for education. It is administered by the OER Foundation, an independent non-profit organisation helping individuals and organisations to achieve their objectives using open education approaches.