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What is OpenLearn...

2007-07-16T12:31:10.000Z

…and who are OpenLearners? It’s a question that’s been in my head for quite a while now.

Each week I run the stats which show how many people have visited the site overall, and how many have visited LabSpace and LearningSpace in particular. We report how many people have registered on OpenLearn, and how many people who have visited the site have registered on an OU course in the same session. We keep track on the top ten units, dwell time, page…

…and who are OpenLearners? It’s a question that’s been in my head for quite a while now.

Each week I run the stats which show how many people have visited the site overall, and how many have visited LabSpace and LearningSpace in particular. We report how many people have registered on OpenLearn, and how many people who have visited the site have registered on an OU course in the same session. We keep track on the top ten units, dwell time, page views, and referring sites.

But all of this suggests that OpenLearners are OpenLearners iff (that’s one for you philosophy bods out there) they visit the OpenLearn site. But what about all the times that an OpenLearn unit is printed off, photocopied and handed around to friends or colleagues who are also interested in the topic? And, of particular interest to me, what about all of those people who are part of the OpenLearn networks that are remote to the main site?

The two OpenLearn Scribd documents have now received over 1,100 visits between them since they went up in April (now’s a great time to visit Scribd by the way, the front page document is a collection of Audrey Hepburn Portraits! (image) ). Our YouTube videos have received over 600 views and we have 19 subscribers. Are all of these people OpenLearners?

My answer is `yes, of course’. If OpenLearn makes educational material freely available under a Creative Commons licence , then OpenLearners are surely those people who, due to the freedoms allowed by the CC, have learned something (however little or much) from those materials, no matter where in the real or virtual worlds they are.

But of course this definition also causes problems, `those people who….have learned something’. The stats I mentioned at the top of the post measure simply those people who visited the site – even if they shot away immediately after landing. To what extent can we call these people OpenLearners (this is also therefore an issue for the Scribd docs)? Perhaps I should change my definition to `those people who….have been exposed to OpenLearn material’? I don’t like that though.

Anyway what I am trying to get at is that I believe OpenLearn is (and OpenLearners are, and should be) more than just a collection of people who have visited the site. They are a network of networks (many pre-existing) that may have only OpenLearn material in common. This of course makes it difficult to track our success in terms of number of people reached, or how many subsequently become interested in studying a full OU course. It also, IMHO, makes us much more relevant and successful and should be pushed as much as possible. But then I would say that wouldn’t I?!




OpenLearn Netvibes Universe

2007-06-26T09:43:44.000Z

Well, after a long(ish) pregnancy the OpenLearn Netvibes Universe has finally been born. We’re the first University in Europe to have representation in a Universe (in fact Tom Hadfield’s work on the Harvard Universe is the only other University Universe I’m aware of).

We don’t yet show up in the search so I’m not sure which category we fall under (I assume it will either be `organisations’ or `non-profit’), but either way I’m hoping that…

Well, after a long(ish) pregnancy the OpenLearn Netvibes Universe has finally been born. We’re the first University in Europe to have representation in a Universe (in fact Tom Hadfield’s work on the Harvard Universe is the only other University Universe I’m aware of).

We don’t yet show up in the search so I’m not sure which category we fall under (I assume it will either be `organisations’ or `non-profit’), but either way I’m hoping that it will help get the OpenLearn message and material out there to the 8 million plus Netvibes users.

I have the `master’ version of the universe with me which I can update whenever necessary. There are a few minor things that I need to alter, but if anyone out there has an idea for something else to be included let me know!

Now all I need you to do is spread the message far and wide! Let’s see what can be done with these sorts of services….




OpenLearn wins top prize at IMS Global Learning Consortium's Learning Impact Awards

2007-04-20T07:24:29.000Z

Hi, I just wanted to share the great news that OpenLearn has won the IMS Global Learning Consortiums' top prize this year!! Full press release below: Vancouver, British Columbia – 19 April 2007 – The IMS… Hi, I just wanted to share the great news that OpenLearn has won the IMS Global Learning Consortiums' top prize this year!! Full press release below: Vancouver, British Columbia – 19 April 2007 – The IMS Global Learning Consortium (IMS GLC) today announced the results of the final rankings in the first global competition of high impact use of technology in learning. Featuring the highest levels of innovation, adoption, and learning impact, the Learning Impact Awards (aka LIAs) symbolize the use of technology for support or enhancement of learning. A set of twenty-five finalists, from nominations submitted from around the world, were invited to the Learning Impact conference in Vancouver to be judged by a set of six expert reviewers and combined voting from the attendees, which served as a seventh reviewer. Nominations with superior measurable impact on faculty/teacher adoption, student achievement, and ease of implementation earned the finalist slots. For more information on the expert panel of judges visit: http://www.imsglobal.org/learningimpact/agenda.html#experts. The 210 conference participants were roughly split three ways among executive leaders in the education markets worldwide, chief technologists from organizations providing advances in learning technology, and information or academic technology leaders responsible for implementing, using, and selecting technology to support or enhance learning. For more information on the Learning Impact conference of which the LIA awards are a part, see http://www.imsglobal.org/learningimpact/agenda.html. The LIA awards are also unique in that they recognize the use of technology in context. Nominations include not only information about the technology, but how it is used by an educational or training organization. The 2007 award winners are as follows: Platinum Awards (top three rankings): OpenLearn at the Open University, United Kingdom (supported by Moodle) ETS Criterion Online Writing Evaluation service at Farragut High School, Knox County Public Schools Cyber Home Learning System of Korea Gold Awards: HarvestRoad Hive & the Resource List Management System at the University of Western Australia California State University Fresno Fast Forward Program European eTwinning Action by European Schoolnet Silver Awards: Using Giunti Labs learn eXact LCMS at the UK NHS and Royal College of Radiologists R-ITI Project Microsoft Research ConferenceXP at Australian School of the Air and Classroom Presenter at University of Washington Respondus 3.5 and University of Alberta Bronze Awards: Tegrity Campus 2.0 at Saint Mary's University Articulate at Jefferson County Public Schools Wimba’s Course Genie: An Authoring Tool for Common Cartridge at Langside College Honorable mentions: eCollege Program Intelligence Manager at Iowa Community College Online Consortium Desire2Learn at Office of Open Learning, University of Guelph Microsoft Learning Gateway at Shireland Language College BlueStream Digital Asset Management System At The University Of Michigan (supported by Ancept and IBM) ANGEL at Penn State UGO Online Academic Resource Management system at the University of Montreal (supported by Logiweb) A study on how to enhance support for the Cyber Home Learning System by Korea Education & Research Information Service Meeting the Needs of a Global Student Body with Jenzabar at Park University Microsoft Partners in Learning at Ministry of Education, Thailand [...]



Web 2.0 Experiment - The Digg Effect

2007-04-17T18:18:52.000Z

As you may know, I've been doing quite a few experiements with various
web 2.0 tools (Pageflakes, Netvibes, yourminis, Grazr, Dapper etc), and
in the next week or two I want to do an experiment with Digg - I'm
going to put up a story about openlearn and the top ten popular units,
to see how many people visit the site go on to continue to learn from
our free materials.



If you have a digg account would you be willing to digg my experimental
story? I will share everything I learn… As you may know, I've been doing quite a few experiements with various
web 2.0 tools (Pageflakes, Netvibes, yourminis, Grazr, Dapper etc), and
in the next week or two I want to do an experiment with Digg - I'm
going to put up a story about openlearn and the top ten popular units,
to see how many people visit the site go on to continue to learn from
our free materials.

If you have a digg account would you be willing to digg my experimental
story? I will share everything I learn on this network of course. If
you're interested in taking part and don't have a digg account you can
register here http://digg.com/register.
Let me know if you are interested in a comment below!



OpenLearn Video

2007-04-15T12:15:48.000Z

I just wanted to share this movie with you which the team has been created to sum up what the openlearn project is about.


Back in February this year, openlearn was selected as a finalist in IMS Global Learning Consortium’s Learning Impact Recognition and
Awards Program. Our entry received full marks from
judges in the area of…



I just wanted to share this movie with you which the team has been created
to sum up what the openlearn project is about.


Back in February this year, openlearn was selected as a finalist in IMS
Global Learning Consortium’s Learning Impact Recognition and
Awards Program. Our entry received full marks from
judges in the area of Expanded Access: Impact on reaching new
populations of learners
(amongst others) and was judged to be `a true innovation
in open access’.


We’re pretty close to finding out whether we won or not and we had to
create the movie as a part of the final judging process. Results are
known on the 18/19 April – fingers crossed!