KPU | Introducing the Professional Program in Open Education

Introducing the Professional Program in Open Education


Looking for a comprehensive professional development opportunity in open education? You’re in luck! Register for Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s (British Columbia) Professional Program in Open Education (PPOE). This comprehensive and flexible online program is designed to develop expertise and capacity across a broad spectrum of open educational practices, including open educational resources and pedagogies, educational technologies, policy, advocacy, and scholarship. The program balances both theoretical and practical elements, always ensuring that critical perspectives and issues are foregrounded.

For more information and to register, please visit: www.kpu.ca/ppoe

Discussion Question: What topics, ideas, or questions do you hope are discussed in this program?

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My question:

Guidelines to adapt, modify and reuse the program in different reuse contexts?

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Thanks for your question, Wayne! I’m going to attempt to take a stab at answering, but do write back if I misunderstood. Please note that materials from the Professional Program in Open Education (PPOE) will be licensed under CC-BY-SA.

We’re still working to get the program ready to launch, but contents will be made openly available.

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Professional Program in Open Education | Theory and Philosophy of Open Education (OPEN-9100)—Required

One of two required courses in the Professional Program in Open Education is Theory and Philosophy of Open Education. Developed by Martin Weller (@MWeller), this course provides an overview of the roots and purposes of open education. It surveys the growth of open education from the 1960s to today, offering a broad introduction to the scope of the field including key research themes. Learners will read research and explore a wide range of examples of open education practices from a variety of contexts. In an examination of the social justice ethos of open education, learners will study such topics that underlie many open education approaches and initiatives.

This asynchronous online course begins in September 2022.

For more information and to register, please visit: www.kpu.ca/ppoe

Discussion Question: How does open support and/or conflict with different ideas of social justice?

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I wouldn’t expect anything less from KPU applying an open license to OER course content. Your team lead by example! (BTW - Good license choice - one of my favourites forcing downstream sharing :slight_smile: )

I’m interested in the “technical” formats of how the materials will be accessible to those who don’t enroll in the facilitated version of the course. In short, will the course materials be shared in open file formats for others to remix for different contexts.

Full disclosure - I would like to facilitate an ‘open pedagogy’ initiative where students taking one of our PD open courses to learn how to publish on the open web, could take on a course project to convert the KPU course materials for the OERu delivery platform.

Hope that clarifies my query - but fully appreciate that your development may not be at the stage where you can answer that question.

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@Mackiwg

You ask an important question and I have a less developed answer as we’re still in the development stages. Courses in this suite will be offered on Moodle and make use of other open source technologies, like H5P and Kaltura.

Again, this is such an important consideration, I will be sure to pass it on to the leadership overseeing program level decisions.

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Thanks @UNizami

That sounds very promising - Those are good open technologies that would facilitate sharing. For example:

  • KPU could share a backup version of the Moodle course that could be restored by others for remix purposes.
  • H5P objects are easy to download and reintegrate into other platforms.
  • Openly licensed videos hosted on Kaltura could be downloaded for hosting on alternate platforms

This all bodes well for international reuse. Mmm thinking out loud :thinking:

Back in 2013 we ran an interesting prototype here in New Zealand with the University of Canterbury where we offered a parallel free access ‘mOOC’ for ‘free-range learners’ to participate with registered students studying a post-grad course at the University. Registered students got full support from faculty - but they had the opportunity to interact with the ‘non-registered’ students learning with them on the open web. Other institutions have also experimented with this modality. Of interest, the University of Canterbury course was hosted on Moodle with the open version in WikiEducator.

Could be an interesting approach for KPU to consider - a parallel open version (un -facilitated) but with the option for learners to present themselves for assessment at KPU for your award. The open community could convert the materials for this purpose - and we’re about to launch an open course on how to do this :-).

Appreciate your prompt responses. Getting late in NZ now - so should sign off now.

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Super on-point, @Mackiwg! Looking forward to implementing these suggestions.

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Professional Program in Open Education | Open Educational Resources and Pedagogies (OPEN-9200)—Required

The second required course in the Professional Program in Open Education, OER and OEP, was developed by Karen Cangialosi (@karencang). The course delves into central components of open education, including open educational resources, open pedagogy, and the broader concepts of openness in research. Learners will study different content licencing regimes and apply them to a variety of scenarios, as well as review and engage in a variety of activities that demonstrate examples of open pedagogy.

This asynchronous online course begins in October 2022.

For more information and to register, please visit: www.kpu.ca/ppoe

Return tomorrow to learn more about our elective course offerings!

Discussion Question: What are some of your favourite resources for creating/adapting OER or implementing OEP?

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I’ll be bold and answer my own question. I highly recommend Christina Riehman-Murphy @riehmanmurphy and Bryan McGeary’s @bryanmcgeary Open Pedagogy Project Roadmap: https://oeproadmap.psu.edu/.

" A module-based resource that will assist you in planning, finding support for, sharing, and sustaining your open pedagogy project, regardless of its size or scope."

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Professional Program in Open Education | Open Educational Technologies (OPEN-9400)—Elective

Learners will have the option to choose from two of three elective courses in the Professional Program in Open Education. Open Educational Technologies, developed by Clint LaLonde, Anne-Marie Scott, and Brian Lamb (@clintlalonde, @ammienoot, @brlamb) provides a view into some of the technologies used in open education and how they support open pedagogies. Learners obtain an overview of some of the main tools and learning environments available, as well as their challenges and administrative requirements. Ethical and legal aspects are investigated, including current issues in education involving such technologies as facial recognition, surveillance, privacy, and ethical use of learning analytics. Options for managing and scaling open digital learning environments and tools, as well as options for inter-institutional collaboration, are also explored in this course.

This asynchronous, online course begins in February 2023.

For more information and to register, please visit: www.kpu.ca/ppoe

Discussion Question: What questions do you ask yourself before using a new or new-to-you technology?

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Professional Program in Open Education | Supporting Open Education (OPEN-9500)—Elective

One of our three options for elective courses includes Supporting Open Education. This course, developed by Amanda Larson (@maeverawr), provides learners with an overview of the different types and systems of support required for successful implementation of open education. Learners will examine different types of scaffolding required for learners to understand and succeed in open education environments. Different types and examples of faculty development programs and supports including instructional design and educational technology expertise will be explored, in both development and delivery of open pedagogy and open education programming. The role of librarians in supporting, advancing, and advocating for open educational resources and increased diversity of resources is discussed as a key part of an open education ecosystem.

This asynchronous, online course begins in April 2023.

For more information and to register, please visit: www.kpu.ca/ppoe

Discussion Question: What are some ways we can start shining a light on this often-invisible labour?

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Professional Program in Open Education | Open Education Field Project (OPEN-9800)—Applied

Open Education Field Project, developed by veteran open education advocate and expert, Irwin DeVries (@IrwinD), offers one of two course-based opportunities to apply learning through action in the Professional Program in Open Education. This course provides an opportunity for learners to conduct a field project in an academic, workplace, or another professional or community setting. Learners will find a location, propose a topic, develop a strategy for implementation and finalize the project. Examples could include developing and delivering a session or webinar on a specific open education practice for a specific setting, as well as writing and presenting a draft policy framework to a committee or other leadership entity, developing an open pedagogy guide for teachers, or proposing a draft micro- credential process for professional certification in an industry of relevance the learners’ work or interest.

This asynchronous, online course begins in June 2023.

For more information and to register, please visit: www.kpu.ca/ppoe

Discussion Question: What are some barriers that have prevented you from conducting a field project?

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Professional Program in Open Education | Open Education Research Project (OPEN 9900)—Applied

Developed by experienced open education researcher, Sarah Lambert (@SarahLambertOz), the Open Education Research Project is one of two applied course offerings in the Professional Program for Open Education. This course provides an opportunity for learners to conduct a field project in an academic, workplace or other professional or community setting. Learners will find a location, propose a topic, develop a strategy for implementation and finalize the project. Examples could include developing and delivering a session or webinar on a specific open education practice for a specific setting, writing and presenting a draft policy framework to a committee or other leadership entity, developing an open pedagogy guide for teachers, or proposing a draft micro- credential process for professional certification in an industry of relevance the learners’ work or interest.

This asynchronous, online course begins in June 2023.

For more information and to register, please visit: www.kpu.ca/ppoe

Discussion Question: In which areas of open would you like to see more research?

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Professional Program in Open Education | Register Now!

If our amazing suite of courses and exceptional expert developers weren’t enough reason to register in the Professional Program in Open Education, note that our stunning tiles were illustrated by the talented Bryan Mathers of @VisualThinkery. The entire suite of courses was reviewed and edited by Marc Singer (@Marcpsinger1), who has spent most of his academic career working to improve educational options for nontraditional and adult learners.

For more information about the Professional Program in Open Education and to register, please visit: www.kpu.ca/ppoe

Discussion Question: Which course in this program are you most looking forward to?

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With @UNizami in your team, nothing can stop you!

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