Possible Online Learning Environments

  1. How we can build effective online courses for the increasing demand of professionals who want to continue their education without leaving their jobs.
  2. How can we build effective hybrid courses for the post secondary education students, that will accommodate a diverse audience

I completed my Masters of Education in an online environment, Masters of Educational Technology at UBC while maintaining several part-time/partial load teaching jobs. I understand the economic need to stay employed while upgrading and continuing my path if learning.

There are a couple of choices that I am exploring

The post secondary education (PSE) institutions are seeing there funding decrease while the demand increases. There isn’t a heck of a lot of money to build. What are the choices? Here are 2concepts that are trying to tackle the issues.

  1. The Open Learning Initiative (OLI)
    • expensive
    • controlled
    • professor driven
    • using the tools of the institution (LMS)
  2. EduPunk
    • inexpensive
    • chaotic
    • student driven
    • using collaborative tools available to all (web 2.0 tools)
  3. CS50 – Open Courseware:http://cs50.tv/2011/fall/
    • looks to be expensive with all the TA, student support and video production
    • controlled
    • professor driven
    • using the tools of the institution (LMS) but opening the course to the public

The Open Learning Initiative (OLI)

Get an overview of OLI and hear from instructors and OLI’s director, Candace Thille.

The video is from the websitehttp://oli.web.cmu.edu/openlearning/initiative

From a financial view point, OLI looks the most expensive. Lots of specialists and lots of ‘man power’. The institution still controls the learning in a closed environment.


Now something a little less expensive that gives the power to the audience. The following video has some audio problems but if you stick with it. It does get better. I would also suggest you start watching at the 3 minute mark. The talk had some technical issues in the beginning. It was recorded at a conference.



CS50 is a lecture/lab Harvard course that is open to the public. It uses lecture capture as the main drive and then uses other web2.0 tools to connect the students. Labs are also captured by a video camera but lead by TAs.

To get an idea of how the course works, visit http://cs50.tv/2011/fall/ and view the 1st lecture.

The course has the feel of a PSE course but with lecture capture.

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