Thread:Excellent blueprint -- thoughts and reflections (5)

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Hi Ndagire,

Excellent questions.

Regarding context -- I think we can provide more contextualised learning experiences using the concept of "free range learning" (see Pam Ryan's blog post). Learners can have greater flexibility to uses OERs better aligned with their own interests and contexts.

Integrating different knowledge disciplines will always be a challenge with a discipline-based curriculum. Do you have any thoughts and ideas on how to respond to this need.

The cost of reliable Internet connectivity is a huge challenge in many parts of the world. I don't think the OERu will necessarily solve the problem -- but there are a few things we can do to minimize the costs of connectivity for OERu learners. For example:

  • WikiEducator has the ability to produce print-based study guides for the core learning resources. These could be duplicated locally for offline study. The print version will contain full urls to key sites which learner could explore when they visit a local cyber cafe or internet access point.
  • Interaction strategies could use mobile technologies -- eg microblog posts which may be more affordable in different contexts.
  • Digital literacy are becoming an import skill for the 21st century -- I think its important for us to think about creative solutions to help learners acquire these skills.

Appreciate the feedback - -thanks

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