Open Education Tutorial


Welcome to this Open Education tutorial. This
tutorial is designed to help you: find the types of open education courses that you want
to take, define success while taking an open education course, and show you how to stay
motivated throughout the course so that you can improve both your life, your knowledge
and maybe even help make the world a better place. Many of us have a good understanding of education,
but what exactly does “open” mean? opendefinition.org defines “Open” in relation
to things like open data and open courses as meaning that
“anyone can freely access, use, modify, and share open information for any purpose”
Usually the only absolute requirement is that if anyone uses open resources to create something
new, then any new material that is made must be made available under a similar free and
open licence. The most important question may be, why take
and open education course? As we know, all of us have many demands on
our time and when we are not required to be somewhere or doing something specific there
are many ways that we can relax and enjoy the almost limitless amounts of entertainment
available. And honestly we all need to take a little break sometimes. Yet, there are other moments in our free time
when we want to get something more out of life. Moments where we want to discover ways
where we could be better or learn more. Maybe we think about different trying careers that
we might like, or possibly taking a course at a university to improve our knowledge in
one area or another. But often times going back to school or dramatically
taking off in another direction is just not the right thing to do. This is where open education courses come
in. You can take a huge variety of courses created by some of the most prestigious universities
in the world. You learn more about the topics that you want
to study, or even take the opportunity to learn about different career paths by taking
courses on the subjects that would be required for a new career. This way you explore your
interests without making any drastic changes. One of the greatest things about Open Education
courses is that the financial cost for these courses is Nothing. The only cost associated with
this type of education is your time and commitment. Finding open education courses are easy using
a general search engine. We will focus on a broad search of Open courses in this tutorial
because teaching you how to find the courses you want will be more important than just
providing links to courses that may disappear or not be available over time. You can use any general search engine that
you prefer. Go to the search box and type free open education
courses Here on the results page you will see
ads at the top of the page, and then different websites that have complied
a large number of free and open courses. A little bit further down you will see MIT,
Harvard, NYU, some of the larger and more prestigious universities that have open access and open education courses
directly on their websites. If you type in edX it will bring you to: edX.
Which is offering free courses from some of the best universities in the world. You can
look at their schools and partners here. They offer 300+ courses from Berkeley, Harvard,
Boston University, The Honk Kong University of Science, and IIT Bombay among many others.
You can come and check out any of these courses and take them for free at any time. The courses
on the edX site offer self-directed, interactive online classes, and MOOCs. MOOCs are are Massive
Open Online Courses where they have a set run time and there are teachers that will
help answer your questions. If you come back you, can also type in the
specific courses that you want to take. Here for example MIT takes you directly to their
economics courses and begins to offer them to you.
Or there are other courses like Yale for example. Where you have to go to the departments and
choose the department that you want and find the classes that you want to take. Your success in an Open education course is
similar to success that you’ll find anywhere else in life. According to the Oxford English Dictionary,
success is: The prosperous achievement of something attempted; the attainment of an
object according to one’s desire In order to be successful, you need to know
what you want, have a way to measure it, and have either an ultimate goal or a clear finale. You could start by asking yourself these three
questions: What do you want to get out of this course
and why. According to Darren Hardy of Success magazine: “You’ve got to want something,
and know why you want it, or you’ll end up giving up too easily.” I would suggest
that you take a moment to write down what you want and why and then post that reason
somewhere where you can see often. There will come a time when you will need a reminder
as to why you are taking these courses. How much time are you going to devote each
week? This is an easy way to measure success. If you say that you are to going to spend
3 hours a week on a course, then you’ll know if you spent those three hours or not.
3 hours means you were successful for that week! This is an effective way of measuring
progress. This is also a way to feel a sense of accomplishment about what you are learning
each and every week. You will never know if you have been successful
if you don’t know when the end will come. By clearly defining what the end looks like
you will know where you are in the process. Some people want to finish the entire course,
and that is an easy end point to see. Others want to refresh their knowledge or others
still want to gain a baseline of new information. Whatever your ultimate goal you must define
it from the beginning. Motivation is a tricky thing. It easy to get
motivated at the beginning of something new, But over time, you enthusiasm gets lower and
lower. You can start by having your goals and end goals written down and put where you can
see them and that will help you remember why you are trying to do what you are trying to do. Another way to stay motivated is to develop
a habit of learning. The great things about habits is that once you have developed a habit,
that activity becomes automatic. According to Charles Duhigg: Habits emerge as a way
to save effort. Most things are difficult at first, but over time habits can make things
easy. This habit loop that you see is how every
habit works. A cue starts a routine and doing that routine leads to a reward, and then the
process starts all over again. To create a habit of learning find a simple
cue and then “clearly define you rewards” Once that is done you can create any kind
of routine that you want! Even one that might be very new or different such as a habit of
learning. A really easy cue would be to set up days
of the week, or specific times of the day that you want to have as your scheduled Open
learning time. That way every Tuesday or Thursday you know that you are going to spend an hour
on your Open Economics Course. When you finish your hour you will be rewarded with a prize
of your choosing. By adding a habit of learning will improve your life and knowledge every
day. Open Education Courses are an amazing thing,
being able to learn so many subjects in such an organized clear and easy way will be beneficial
for anyone who is able participate. Once you finish each course, you will have more information
about both yourself and your chosen topics then when you began. You then will have the
opportunity to decide what you are going to do with your new found knowledge and that
will open you up to limitless possibilities. I will leave you with this final quote. “Successful
people aren’t born that way. They become successful by establishing the habit of doing
things unsuccessful people don’t like to do. The successful people don’t always like
the things themselves; they just get on and do them” and take their reward. Thank you for watching this tutorial on how
to find, take, and complete Open Education Courses

1 thought on “Open Education Tutorial”

  1. Fantastic tutorial! Clear, concise, and useful. I appreciate the CC license and the addition of subtitles. Nice work.

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