EDU586: Foundations of American Higher Education

EDU586: Week 3 – Discussion

Week 3 – Discussion

Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday). Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Refer to the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric under the Settings icon above for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.

 Open-Education Movement [WLOs: 1, 2] [CLOs: 1, 2, 3]

The open-education movement associated with massive open online courses (MOOCs) has gained a lot of attention and momentum as a result of technological advances and programs first begun by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and advanced by other institutions such as Google, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Mozilla, and the Open Courseware Consortium. Technology has moved learning that occurs exclusively or mainly inside the classroom to learning practically anywhere at any time. Many companies and organizations (including the military) want their new hires to possess college degrees, but not everyone can attend a traditional college. Open education allows anyone in any location to learn what he or she wants and needs to know to be successful.

For this discussion, complete the following:

  • State the topic you have chosen for this course (selected in Week 1 Topic Discussion).
  • Based on your reading of The Open Education Movement: Is This the Future of Education?, which is required for this week, how does this movement fit with the original historical purpose of higher education and the history of your identified topic for this course?
  • What changes or trends do you see immediately impacting higher education teaching and learning environment as a result of open education?
  • Discuss the correlation or possible conflict (laws and state or federal regulations) between your chosen topic and the open-education movement. How do these two topics intersect?

Guided Response: Provide feedback on the pros, cons, and challenges associated with the proliferation of platforms that enable individuals to learn anything, anywhere, at any time when given access to the Internet.

Provide your initial response by Day 3 (Thursday) and respond by Day 5 (Saturday) to at least three of your classmates and respond by Day 7 to classmates (and/or the instructor if applicable) who replied to your initial post. Note that although three replies are the basic expectation, you are encouraged to post as many times as you like to any and all threads you find to be of interest. This will further the conversation while also giving you opportunities to demonstrate your content expertise, critical thinking, and real-world experiences with this topic.

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