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Individualizing Learning with OER - Online Course Design in Higher Education
This presentation will focus on online pedagogy for the integration of OER into courses that aim to individualize online learning. Based on examples from institution-specific courses as well as open courses in higher education, advantages for learners in online courses and backward design of such courses will be shared.
The advantages of open educational resources for access, equity, teaching and learning in various contexts have often been discussed by those passionate about open education and open educational resources. The availability of open educational resources on the Internet makes it possible for learners to select resources for their own learning that are relevant to their interests, knowledge level, and media preferences. In what ways can educators integrate OER in higher education to accommodate individual learners? How can online courses be designed using OER to allow learners the flexibility to choose and “own” their learning?
This presentation will discuss online course design that integrates OER for professional adult learners with an aim to individualize learning. Examples of activities from higher education courses offered completely online will be presented and discussed. The backward design of such activities and courses based on the intended learning outcomes in the online courses will also be shared.
Dr. Swapna Kumar (University of Florida)
Dr. Swapna Kumar is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Educational Technology at the School of Teaching and Learning, University of Florida, USA. Her research interests include online education (design, development, facilitation and assessment), transformational learning and the integration of emerging technologies in higher education. She coordinates the online doctoral program in Educational Technology at the College of Education, advises doctoral students and teaches graduate courses on distance learning, blended learning, the design and development of online environments, and educational technology research.