Life cycle of an open online course designed as an OER: The case of Facilitating Online

Tony Carr, Nicola Pallitt

Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT), University of Cape Town

‘Home grown’ approaches to open education in Africa are still quite novel and continue to emerge. The model shared in this presentation is one such approach. The presenters find the metaphor of life cycles to be a useful way for thinking about the evolution and iterations associated with an open course. Facilitating Online is a free, fully online course created by and for educational technologists and educators working in African Higher Education. The objective of the course is to support the development of online facilitation capacity in African Higher Education in a period of accelerated development of blended and online courses within the sector. The course forms part of the e/merge Africa professional development network’s suite of offerings. This project is hosted in the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT) at the University of Cape Town and funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. The course is convened by the presenters. Facilitating Online is used as an example to make a case for a particular approach to course design and collaborative practice to enable open education in Africa and beyond. Platform agnostic materials enable easy reuse and adaptation. Often OERs enter the world through repositories and little is known about their impact beyond the number of downloads. The presenters will share examples of known instances where the course model, its facilitation approach and materials have been reused, revised or adapted for other contexts. The presenters will share a timeline of the evolution of the course thus far and a model for thinking about the life cycle of a course developed as an OER.

Presentation

Life cycle of an open online course designed as an OER: The case of Facilitating Online from Open Education Consortium