Ten years of open practice:
a reflection on the impact
Patrina LawHead of Free Learning, The Open [email protected]
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ELIZABETH THE SECOND
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Engaging new learners
Whats on the OpenLearn platform?
The journey into OpenLearn
A commitment to openness
Benefits to institutions of OER
Increases access to education
Provides an opportunity to assess and plan education choices
Showcases intellectual outputs, promoting profile and attracting students
Converts learners into fee paying enrolments
Adds value to knowledge production
Reduces faculty preparation time
Generates cost savings
Generates innovation through collaboration.
For OU students in particular: A taster for online/distance Delivers improved progression for those that use OpenLearn A vehicle for module choice / qualification pathway
Who are OpenLearn learners?
How do they feel about their learning?
A test to give confidence my next
module choice is appropriate for me
confidence in ability to study.
Are students (of this --
100,000 OU students / year).
Want OU-branded recognition
for informal learning.
More likely to take
another free course.
More likely to
content to others.
The free extracts of courses gave me
confidence to enroll in my first moduleI
have also been using them to practice
A good talking point and something
to include on my CV
Fees are now too high for me to
consider continuing my degree
Thank you for providing a resource
for people that cannot get to a facility
due to physical or financial difficulty.
OpenLearn launch in 2006
OpenLearn in 2006: LearningSpace and
OpenLearn merging of sites 2010
Social learning support, then and now
Top ten courses on OpenLearn
1. Start writing fiction2. Introduction to bookkeeping and
accounting3. Essay and report writing skills4. Getting started on classical Latin5. Introduction to child psychology6. Introduction to music theory7. Spanish Espacios publicos8. The importance of interpersonal skills9. Nutrition, vitamins and minerals10. Starting psychology
Comparing trends in search
2009: 45% of visitors came to the platform via Internet search;
45% from referral sites and 10% from typing a direct URL.
2016: >90% of learners come to the platform via Internet
What this has achieved in 10 years
What OU students think of OpenLearn
Survey 2015: 1,127 respondents:
48% had used OpenLearn.
Majority (72%) had viewed free courses, over videos, activities or othershort pieces of learning.
Of those who had used OpenLearn, majority declared increase in
confidence in their studies as a result.
Those who had used OpenLearn were 5-10% more likely to progress tothe next module.
Identifies four main themes as to the opportunity that using OpenLearn affords:
1. To re-assure that they have the ability to study at HE level;
2. To see what study at the OU is like before making a commitment;3. To help students choose the right module as they move through a qualification;
4. To use OpenLearn materials as an additional resource to augment their learning.
Integrating OEP producing
RetentionKey skills + preparation
Engaging learner groups
Mass appeal + profile raising
OEP for OL courses: process
OU module conceived
OpenLearn course proposal agreed
OpenLearn course specified.
OU module specified.
OpenLearn course produced.
OU module produced
Critical read, review and signoff
OpenLearn course live before OU
Syndication to YouTube, Google
Play, Amazon, iTunes U
Guiding principles for OpenLearn courses
Learners most value quizzes with feedback Use of activities and video also highly rated Select the most engaging content within a module Make a key topic accessible to new learners Ensure the course works as a stand-alone piece of learning Learners value recognition for their achievement (statement of
New assets, such as videos and animations are used in module Others OER used in OpenLearn course
Closed environments with a start and finish date i.e. MOOCs, have lower completion rates than open courses Forced social activity encourages high drop-out Straight adaptation of module content performs poorly
When done well
Data over 6 months: 1st December 2014 to 31st May 2015 (site averages in brackets)
Unique browsers 10,703 Average pages viewed 11.07 (3.27) % UK 79.4% (50%) CTR to OU courses 21% (~11%)
OpenLearn learners want OU-branded recognition for their learning.
What are digital badges?
Image credits: Thornhill School http://thornhillschool.org.uk/current/latest-news/-/post/blue-peter-badges; and Patrina Law.
As a coming together of games culture and the traditional badge issuing by clubs and societies, a digital badge has developed to become an online visual representation of an accomplishment or skill (Ostashewski & Reid, 2015) issued in a variety of formal and non formal settings.
Badged Open Courses: assessment
All BOCs are 24 hours of learning
Automatically-assigned via Moodle quizzes
Learners need to achieve 50% to pass an assessment
Learners are given three attempts
If they fail on the third attempt, they can retake after 24 hours
Practice assessment is available throughout the course
All pages of the course must have been read
Formal assessment halfway and at end of course
Two successful assessments = 1 badge
Badged Open Courses: impact
2500+ badges issued
The BOCs are generating around 12,000 new visitors a month to OpenLearn
They drive a very high proportion of learners to click-through to make an enquiry to the OU (26.2% Feb-Nov 2015)
Completion rates of BOCs are higher than our MOOCs
350 formal module registrations have been made (mostly entry level)
2,500 prospectus requests
>300 qualification sign-ups (mostly new students)
Satisfaction rates very high (~98%)
57% say that they will be sharing their achievements with an employer
Badge displayMozilla Backpack (or other aggregator)
My OpenLearn ProfileSocial networks
Printable certificate https://backpack.openbadges.org/backpack/login
Integrating open principles
OpenLearn and OpenLearn Create
10th anniversary redesign
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