MOOCs and Open Education in the CTLT Newsletter

The January edition of the CTLT Newsletter features a couple of different interviews about MOOCs and Open Education at UBC.  In an article about the UBC MOOC pilot, Kevin Leyton-Brown and Rosie Redfield describe some of the structures and strategies they’ve implemented or are developing for their Coursera courses, for example:

Kevin notes that Game Theory is about how different people interact with each other, and the course uses the online lab and discussion forum to allow students to work out concepts that are brought up in the course. “We built a platform at UBC for people around the world to play games. Students are matched up with others around the world to figure out what happened. As we illustrate a concept, we tell them, go off to this game server at UBC to work on the concepts.”

Additionally, the CTLT Newsletter features an interview with Simon Bates and Michelle Lamberson, Directors of the CTLT, on their thoughts about Open Education at UBC:

Simon Bates: I think, as well, with the idea of something that’s open being something that’s shareable, is the idea that it can be built upon and extended. It’s not fixed in a way where something is locked down or closed. I think that’s interesting because you can get the unintended consequences of things being developed further than you ever thought. Going far beyond the original use situations, following the example of moving from a closed space into a more open space, you can get that participation and collaboration to actually extend the classroom…

Michelle Lamberson: I’m constantly amazed at the number of ways UBC is engaged in open initiatives – open data, open access journals, or open source code – the efforts are substantial and meaningful. There is a whole community trying new things and contributing to new forms of scholarship, and we want to start thinking about how we link those efforts back to the teaching and learning space. These efforts represent discovery and encourage learning, and support the teaching and learning and research mission of the campus.