November 27, 2013 by Leigh-Anne Perryman
For some time now I’ve been reporting on the latest open educational resources (OER)-related research taking place at the OER Research Hub. Our research has covered topics including the use, reuse and adaptation of OER, the impact of badges on learner motivation, the sharing practices connected with open education models and the impact of OER in increasing access to education, for example for learners with disabilities. All of these subjects, and much more, can be studied formally at Masters degree level via the various modules which collectively comprise the UK Open University’s highly rated MA in Online and Distance Education (MAODE) qualification. The MAODE even includes a module on researching educational technology.
This masters degree is part of a programme that includes a postgraduate certificate and postgraduate diploma., These qualifications are presented by The Open University’s Institute of Educational Technology and are open to students from countries all over the world. They offer a unique opportunity to study the theory and practice of online and distance education through modules designed by experts from the Institute who are now using information technology to reinvent open distance learning. Working with them, in collaboration with colleagues from around the world, MAODE students are at the forefront of the latest developments as they happen. You can see a full list of MAODE modules here.
If studying the Open University MA in Online and Distance Education appeals to you then you really shouldn’t miss the next live online Module Choice Session, being held on December 16, 2013 from 19:30 to 20:30. For the first time the session will be open to external and potential students as well as current students, and will take place in ‘OU Live’ (an OU-specific version of Blackboard Collaborate).
Existing OU students can access the Module Choice Session using this link: http://learn1.open.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=100072. Generally the requirement is to have the latest version of Java installed to run OU Live. You can test whether you have a supported version by accessing this Blackboard site (you may need to try launching the page twice).
If you’re not already an OU student and are interested in joining the MAODE Module Choice Session you should email firstname.lastname@example.org for the external link and additional guidance.