Open Pedagogy V2

As Instructional Designers and Administrators are turning to Open Course Ware (OCW) and Open Educational Resources (OER) for both fiscal and quality reasons, there is a developing need to review pedagogy in light of the use of these materials and the opportunity they present. It is our belief that only an Open Pedagogy model will best leverage these resources and provide most opportunity to students and instructors.

The basic tenets of Open Pedagogy are:

  • OCW / OER are used
  • The course has a delineated area for the enrolled class providing the forum for student support and grading but it should support open, collaborative learning by allowing un-enrolled students to participate and encouraging “drive-by-assignments”
  • In addition to the school’s prescribed (in-the-syllabus) Learning Outcomes, Students must have input in their learning outcomes – what are they? / what will they need to learn for this course to be a success?
  • Besides academic learning outcomes, institutions will factor in real world needed skills and outcomes – at undergrad level this would extend to General Education outcomes but should also include needed skills as prescribed by the Institute of the Future (see appendices)
  • Students will have serious input into the format of their deliverables – e-Portfolio, blog, YouTube channel, posted through social media (with the caveat of the next bullet)
  • Uses Knowledge maps and other visual representations of the knowledge field to help students understand what they need to learn.
  • Competencies are melded in the course development – Learning Outcomes for the course, General Education tenets, Real-world/life skills – as outlined by the Institute of the Future
  • Assessment will be embedded in course activities, students will demonstrate competence through their study not independently of it (traditional assessment) and will be assessed by an independent grader
  • All deliverables must be Open and submitted under a CC license.

The rationale:
Many of the newer models for teaching and learning require a greater degree of self-sufficiency and are competency-based. We believe that there are pressures compelling higher education to make sure that outcomes are relevant and not merely theoretical. As downward pressure on pricing places pressure on institutions to consider alternatives to traditional textbooks and courses with texts central to the course, we realize that there are many, rich resources that speak to different learning styles that can actually raise the quality of the learning experience. With organizations like Saylor, Lumina and Open Course Library making these resources accessible and attesting to their quality, it seems to us that it will limit the student experience to demarcate only one or two resources when many would benefit from utilizing other resources.
By allowing the students this flexibility, we will encourage self-determined, truly student-centric learning and students will be able to self-select as many or as few resources as they need to meet the learning outcomes of the course.

Embedded assessment will hopefully stimulate autotelic study: a student in the FLOW delivering work that is relevant, stimulating and creative – a.k.a. the DEATH of busy work.

Will require flexibility of grading but.
It will be awesome.


Footballing world pays tribute to Gary Speed

Not really on the topic of my usual posts – but as this person was largely off the radar in the US, I felt I would post something that hono(u)rs one of, by so many accounts, the best professionals and nicest blokes we’ve had in recent times in Britain.
The fact that no reasons have come up as to why this happened makes it harder to understand. I think it saddens people even more when someone who seems to have had it all clearly couldn’t find comfort in either so many friends, colleagues and family members.
A little tribute from my corner of the world – RIP


OERu – project plan site

Wayne Mackintosh (OERu Program Director) has set up the WikiEducator page for the project management stage that I will be working on.
His note read:

Let me know if this is a fair and accurate summary of the group’s work at the meeting.
I’ve taken the liberty of naming you as the convener of this group — Your leadership in this area is obvious, so I hope you will consider convening the PM crowd :-).
Its a wiki — be bold and change / improve on my first drafts / attempts to summarize and synthesize meeting outputs.

Will do my best Wayne

Contents include:

  • 1 Aims of the activity (longer term)
  • 2 1.2 Objectives of the activity (short term)
  • 3 Narrative description of what you will do
  • 4 What inputs are required?
  • 5 Decision proposal(s) for OERTen partners for this activity including who and when.
    • 5.1 Underlying Principles
    • 5.2 Other issues
    • 5.3 Threats
  • 6 Appendix I – institutional representatives:

College Costs – the whole story?

From The Chronicle this week:

Despite the widely publicized rising sticker prices on tuition, about two-thirds of the increase in the cost of attending a four-year college from 2000 to 2009 came from nontuition sources, such as books and off-campus room and board, according to a report released on Thursday by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity. The average amount that students paid, after subtracting savings from scholarships and grants, increased by nearly $3,000, while net tuition prices grew by only about $1,000 over roughly the same period.

I think we officially have all planets completely aligned in terms of a shift to OER / OCW – the Bag of Gold

Mark Albion – free webinar

I received this earlier in the week from Mark Albion – founder of Net Impact who I first met when developing the Marlboro Gradcenter MBA in Managing for Sustainability back in 2006.

Hi Kevin –

Hope the job is going well and your life is full. Please catch me up when you can. In the meantime, I’m doing my annual free webinar and if you could get the word out
to your students and young professionals, that would be great. Any and all help appreciated.

Till we connect again soon, mark

I will be doing a free global webinar on December 9 at noon EST on
how to bring your passion into your profession to have a financially rewarding career with social impact.

Also, for those interested, please have them sign up now, as there is a maximum we can handle.

Sign Up Today: Mark Albion’s annual worldwide free webinar is at December 9th at noon EST.
Please send the message out to your friends to attend and can signup now at
or click

I’ll be offering simple tools and guidelines to align your inner self to a meaningful, well-paying career.
We call the three key steps: get clear. get connected. get hired.

In fact, you’ll learn:

• How to overcome restrictive beliefs to discover the real you.
• How to realize simple steps to implement positive change almost immediately.
• How to create a career you are passionate about with significant social impact.

Dr. Mark Albion was a student, administrator and professor at Harvard for 20 years, after which he co-founded six organizations, including Net Impact.
Most recently, he served for one year in the Office of the President at Babson College. A New York Times Best Selling author, he has written seven books
and made over 600 visits to business school campuses on five continents, for which BusinessWeek dubbed him, “the savior of business school souls.”
In 2010, he co-found More Than Money Careers LLC, which helps university staff guide students interested in careers with social impact.
In 2011, Dr. Albion co-convened the Founders Circle at Net Impact to help students “work for good.”

Public Speaking (NZ style)

Still here in Auckland – leaving tomorrow.

Auckland is a much larger / more cosmopolitan city than Dunedin, but the same “not-taking-yourself-too-seriously” spirit maintains. People here remind me of my hometown, Newcastle: mostly unpretentious / salt-of-the-earth. Articulate and self-deprecating but keen to have a laugh.
One other example of the humo(u)r – an ad I saw in-flight for dress shirts – think how that would be presented in the US!
The ad is in the form of a 7-point list of things to do / not to do when public speaking. Number 4 is Look Good, Feel Good, but all the others are like this:

(under) Dutch Courage
The Thirty Years’ War (1618-1648) was fought mostly in what is now Germany. Most of Europe got involved at some point, including the Poms, who hoovered Dutch gin to calm themselves before battle. But given that no one really won the war, most of Europe was destroyed, and that it went on for thirty years, on can only conclude that the grog was to blame. So in the same spirit, drinking before you speak is a big no-no. Particularly if your slot is just after breakfast. Just don’t do it. Not even one.
Well, OK one. Three tops.