Sunday, October 1, 2017

OpenEdMOOC

Hi, I have learned a lot from the gurus of OER Allow me to refer them by their first names, David and George. Fortunately, I have been taking a lot of interest with OER, since I am eLearning evangelist, I have always believed in the 3r. reuse, remix, the third has fallen off. It was interesting following the genesis of the OER as expounded by David when he recalled how a “software” calculator would be shared easily. Later the works of George on the creative commons (CC). The perspective of OER is Nordic, some Europeans countries like German who offer free education. Interesting suggestion on how MIT offered free. The presentation was unique- no power points- I think the story- the narration is a powerful way of teaching.

We here in the Africa, need a lot of OER- I know of some initiatives by UNISA- South Africa, I have worked with Merlot- and we have a number health-related activities. At the moment I am involved in promoting a site for the k4 health project- we hope health workers can use for CPD- continuous professional training or education.  Succinctly put OER, is the solution to most problems in education particularly in the Subsaharan Africa - it will ensure quality, uniformity and it affordable- reusing what exists.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Sunday, August 21, 2016

OLDaily: New Models of Open and Distance Learning

OLDaily: New Models of Open and Distance Learning: OLDaily: New Models of Open and Distance Learning

Failure to thrive.


This article outline where the world is in terms of eLearning. In the better of Africa, we are still struggling to come to terms with learning management system, few of our educational institutions have embraced open source or proprietary LMS.
The question that I ask-Should we allow institutions who have not taken elearning to evolve slowly , put succinctly should we install LMS for them  and then allow them to grow or should we adopt the disruptive technology, which is cloud-based and allows more academic freedom. Having been in this field for many years, the situation in our academic institutions in Kenya is pathetic, most of the lecturers and faculty members are resistant to change and are not life long learners. Currently, I am consulting for a private organisation which is using some disruptive technology to teach health workers, and I wonder why we have never thought in a similar direction- it is because we are not critical thinkers  or we are locked in the past. Most of our so-called lectures are basking on old glory-How I was taught was the best- we are don't want to try out for fear of failure.