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Catch up on our live discussion: How to ensure quality in open education

On 27 October 2017 Open Education Europa is inviting you to join an online discussion on how to ensure quality in open education.

The live chat session is organised as part of OEE’s October focus on quality in open education and will be moderated by Dr Christian M. StrackeICDE Chair in OER and Associate Professor for Open Education at the Welten Institute of the Open University of the Netherlands.

How to design and compare high quality education in face-to-face, blended and online learning? How to improve the quality of open education by assessing and evaluating individual learning achievements as well as the provided service?

Check our Dr Stracke's presentation of today's discussion:

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Hello to all, welcome to the Online Discussion on "How to ensure the Quality in Open Education?"! We will start in around 20 minutes here with this live chat. Leading questions will be: 1. How to design and compare high quality education in face-to-face, blended and online learning? 2. How to improve the quality of open education by assessing and evaluating individual learning achievements as well as the provided service? You need to login in before you can leave a comment: Looking forward to meeting and discussing with you here soon! Best wishes Christian
Hi! My name is Louise and I am part of the OEE team. Welcome everyone to our live chat! Thank you for joining us, we have Dr Christian Stracke as our moderator for the discussion on 'How to ensure Quality in Open Education', Please introduce yourself Christian and begin by telling us a little about yourself!
Hello Louise, thank you very much for your kind invitation and introduction!
Sorry for my delayed answer but the page was not automatically refreshing, now it works.
About myself: I'm ICDE Chair in OER and Associate Professor at the Welten Institute of the Open University of the Netherlands.
Since many years I'm working and focusing on the quality of learning and education
Therefore I have also established the annual International LINQ Conference: www.learning-innovations.eu that merged with the World Learning Summit this year in 2017
And I could talk for hours here, but I'm mainly interested in your views and in our discussion! Who else is here? What is your background and interest in the quality of Open Education, Louise?
Thank you for that presentation, Christian. We will embed it to the page so people can re-view if after the discussion is over. Rumen, OEE
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Hi all, I am Greg, an assistant professor at the Open University in the Netherlands. I have some experiences with online teaching and learning (so, both sides). I'm looking forward to getting to know and to developing new and efficient ways to make online learning more efficient and more fun.
Thanks for the presentation, Christian!
We had some technical problems but it seems that is solved now
What do you think about the quality of Open Education? What is most important for you in online learning?
@Greg Alpar What is your interest in quality of Open Education?
My experience is that online learning becomes relevant for distributed individual learning. That is to say, when people have intrinsic motivation to learn (more about) one subject or to pursue an entire study. So, this motivation is a very good starting point for teachers. To ensure quality, it is important to give a very clear trajectory in terms of material, assignments and assessment.
This is an interesting perspective, Greg! Motivation of learners is always important, I fully agree! But how do you raise the motivation of teachers first?
Hi @Greg Alpar, do you have any particular tips or criteria for OER that you could share with us? Or maybe a checklist of things to look for in a quality OER?
Good question, @rumen.h ! We are currently working on it: MOOQ is developing a Quality Reference Framework (QRF) for Open Education
That sounds very interesting. @christian.stracke . Could you tell us a bit more about that framework? Is there a website people can check (I understand it is still work in progress).
As you also mention in your presentation, Christian, open resources can be very helpful for teachers. (Although I can imagine that teachers feel uncomfortable to embed very good online resources because they may feel that it's better than what they give, this will disappear in the long run.) Additionally, courses given online are very much dependent on the technology that they are running on. So, for quality, the underlying platform's quality is also an important aspect.
And we have organized and run many workshops with experts and practitioners allover the world: The current draft is based on five dimensions = phases: Analysis, Design, Implementation, Learning Process and Evaluation
The challenge was to convince the teachers using OER and technology: We could motivate them by showcasing them examples - not from us but from other teachers
You provide a lot of resources, that's great!
When I was on the learner's side in online courses, I noticed the following aspects being important for me: 1. very clear explanations; 2. frequent interactive checks of understanding; 3. challenging problems with realistic deadlines; 4. peer-reviewed assignments (giving the opportunity to see others' ideas and to get feedback from others who have the same level of expertise as me in the given subject); 5. well-aligned tests (assessments) with the course material. That's a subjective list -- though written by someone who also teaches online courses.
The current huge need is to connect innovative pedagogies and technologies to allow high quality education
The current huge need is to connect innovative pedagogies and technologies to allow high quality education
@christian.stracke That's very true! I'm currently busy developing an innovative introductory mathematical thinking course, based on "innovative pedagogies and technologies".
In the online repository of Open Discovery Space, you can find all the teaching materials and complete lesson plans developed by the teachers themselves, of course as free and open OER
Unfortunately, I have to go now. Thanks a lot for your insights and the links. Hopefully, keep in touch.
@greg ok, thank you very much for joining and sharing your insights and experiences!
Looking forward to our next discussion (online or in the Netherlands)
Christian, in your opinion, how can we improve the quality of open education by assessing and evaluating individual learning achievements?
@rumen.h A challenging question! Assessing and evaluating individual learning achievements are already difficult tasks by themselves...
... In online learning the new learning analytics tools are supporting the teachers and educators ...
... But at the moment most platforms and systems are not offering personalization and changes in real-time ...
... To improve the quality of open education it is required to design it carefully that it allows many different options and pathways depending on the individual interests and preferences ...
... With precise and clever learning analytics we can discover afterwards what worked well and was most helpful ...
... Our main objective is to realize real-time analysis and personalization based on intelligent and careful learning design of the open education ...
... Then we can inform educators and teachers which pedagogical approaches are most beneficial for which learners ...
... And would lead finally to an increase and imrpovement of the quality of open education.
No at all @christian.stracke , thank you, Christian, you make some very valid points. When talking about learning analytics, this reminded me of a a previous discussion we had on OEE on the topic of the benefits and challenges of using learning analytics - this might be interesting for our readers: https://www.openeducationeuropa.eu/en/live-discussion/join-oee%E2%80%99s-qa-learning-analytics-guru-dr-bart-rienties
We are currently designing a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on the Quality of Open Education (QOE): Everybody interested in such a MOOC is kindly invited to contact me! Just send an e-mail and I will follow up! We are searching for input and contributions from experts and practitioners worldwide!
Do you have any examples to share with us on approaches that use personalization and real-time analysis? Or are these an ongoing challenge?
@louise.c The MOOC QOE will be our first big experiment based on the results from the survey (> 600 participants) and 45 interviews with MOOC designers, facilitators and providers
We will organize the MOOC QOE in close collaboration with leading international organizations such as UNESCO IITE and ICDE
Thank you, I look forward to seeing the outcomes
So, if you are interested in future developments focusing on the quality of open education, stay tuned and have a look on our websites and announcements on http://www.MOOC-quality.eu
Despite the technical challenges, I hope that it was an informative hour, thank you very much to Open Education Europe for facilitating the discussion.
Thank you very much for joining! Looking forward to continue our discussion on the quality of Open Education at the next opportunity! And I hope that we all can improve and contribute to the quality of future Open Education for a better society!
Thank you @christian.stracke for this discussion today. It's been very informative and good luck with your ongoing projects!
Thank you for your time today Christian, it was very valuable!
Thank you, rumen and louise, for organizing it and your kind wishes!
Next month we'll be having a live discussion on Learning Communities, we hope to see you there!

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