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Tuesday, October 19 • 11:00am - 11:40am
What Does It Mean To Enroll in a Course?

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How open is open learning when the first thing a prospective learner encounters is a requirement that they submit some information about themselves: their name, their email, possibly more? This can be seen as a price that course organizers are demanding, one that they convert to currencies of marketing reach, credibility and impact. In the tradition of the early MOOCs, which were designed around the philosophy of an open network, this presentation argues that open learning should enable enrollment without the requirement that information be provided, hence enabling legitimate peripheral participation, with the option of greater engagement entirely at the discretion of the learner. A model of open online enrollment will be shared, and reference implementations of open specifications technology that enables open online enrollment will be demonstrated.

After participating in this session, attendees will be able to:
  • Understand the cost demands for information create for learners
  • Consider alternatives to institutionally mandated information submission
  • Implement models of open course enrollment

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Stephen Downes

Research Officer, National Research Council of Canada
Stephen Downes works in the fields of online learning and new media. Downes has explored and promoted the educational use of computer and online technologies since 1995 and continues to focus on researching how educators approach internet-based education. His major goal for the future... Read More →

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Live sessions will be held throughout the day. Return to the session page shortly before the start time for a link to join the Zoom room. The join button will only be visible to logged in attendees. See the FAQ for more details.Live session formats include panels, presentations, discussions, and open space sessions. Most presentations and panels are recorded and posted by the next day. Discussions and open space sessions may not be recorded, so make sure to attend live.Note that live sessions begin on time, and the capacity... Read More →

Tuesday October 19, 2021 11:00am - 11:40am EDT
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