Open Learning is typically associated with Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). MOOCs received a lot of hype over the past few years, but not yet gained the predicted traction. Institutions of higher education like Harvard to startups like uCertify or networks like Coursera have offered MOOCs for both free and a charge. Edvance360 has made it’s own MOOC network, MOOC360, available to our own clients to host their MOOCs (who have, by the way, garnered completion rates far above other MOOC networks).
In Edvance360, we use the term “open learning” to refer to a more generalized perspective that:
- provides learners with flexibility to complete lessons at their own pace and in any order
- encourages self-led learners to participate in the trajectory of their learning paths
- promotes learning content in “bite-sized” (and trackable) content pieces that are made available to the learner in their time of “need”
Here are several tools that support open learning within Edvance360:
In Edvance360, the Lessons or modules tool can present lesson steps one at a time (sequential) or all at once (checklist). The checklist layout allows learners to complete items in any order. This is useful for higher level courses, self-directed courses, and open courses for which the learner can complete all or just a few of the steps, take the test to prove competency, and receive the certificate/badge, but not necessarily complete all the steps and in order.
Note: If lessons are not setup for sequential learning then very little tracking and progress reporting is available.
E360 Navigator enables corporations to offer a more self-directed form of pacing courses or enrollment. In a traditional corporate learning program, learners are directed to learn specific courses in a specific learning path, usually with an end goal of promotion in mind or in compliance with state standards or other requirements. This is certainly necessary, but current generations – particularly millennials – prefer to direct their own learning. If given the opportunity within the corporate LMS, they will take additional courses to further their learning, career, and simply satisfy curiosity or further personal interests.
E360 Navigator enables administrators to create an intake form that matches the learner’s selected interests to courses and lessons on those topics. The learner can then take those courses at will, often earning a badge to be shared across the enterprise and on social media, which can be motivation in itself.
Library of Resources/Just-In-Time-Learning
The most ideal time to learn something is when a learner is experiencing the need to know that particular something. In Edvance360, elearning program directors can provide a searchable library of resources (usually within the Communities tool) that learners can access whenever and wherever.
Launching Video Courses from Calendar
For instructors that do not require an assessment but instead wish for learners to launch a video (or read a handout) from a calendar date, the learner can view the course content (video) without entering a course or clicking on a lesson.
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