Since we arrived on Thursdays and Tuesdays as our collective meeting times, I have prepared the following schedule for the course. The two meetings each week will focus on the same topics, you need only attend one of the two, but are welcome to attend both if you wish.

Module 0: Course Orientation

Nov. 21 | Thursday meeting | 5-6pm
Nov. 26 | Tuesday meeting | 5-6pm

Reading to do before the next meeting:

Weller, M. (2018, August). Twenty Years of Edtech. EDUCAUSE Review, 53(4). Retrieved from

Zawacki-Richter, O., & Naidu, S. (2016). Mapping research trends from 35 years of publications in Distance Education. Distance Education, 37(3), 245–269.

Peter, S., & Deimann, M. (2013). On the role of openness in education: A historical reconstruction. Open Praxis, 5(1), 7–14.

Module 1: History of open and distributed learning

Nov. 28 | Thursday meeting | 5-6pm
Dec. 3 | Tuesday meeting | 5-6pm

Reading to do before the next meeting:

Friesen, N. (2009). Open Educational Resources: New Possibilities for Change and Sustainability. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 10(5).

Conole, G., & Brown, M. (2018). Reflecting on the Impact of the Open Education Movement. Journal of Learning for Development – JL4D, 5(3). Retrieved from

Module 2: Open educational resources

Dec. 5 | Thursday meeting | 5-6pm
Dec. 10 | Tuesday meeting | 5-6pm

Reading to do before the next meeting:

Conole, G., Dyke, M., Oliver, M., & Seale, J. (2004). Mapping pedagogy and tools for effective learning design. Computers & Education, 43(1–2), 17–33.

Dabbagh, N. (2005). Pedagogical Models for E-Learning: A Theory-Based Design Framework. International Journal of Technology in Teaching and Learning, 1(1), 25–44.

Conole, G. (2018). Learning Design and Open Education. International Journal of Open Educational Resources. Retrieved from

Shé Ní, C., Farrell, O., Brunton, J., Costello, E., Donlon, E., Trevaskis, S., & Eccles, S. (2019). Teaching online is different: Critical perspectives from the literature. Retrieved from Dublin City University website:

Module 3: Open educational practices and learning design

Dec. 12 | Thursday meeting | 5-6pm
Dec. 17 | Tuesday meeting | 5-6pm

** At this point we break for the holiday season. I do hope you will review the following readings before we meet again in January. **

Open Scholarship

Veletsianos, G., & Shaw, A. (2018). Scholars in an increasingly open and digital world: Imagined audiences and their impact on scholars’ online participation. Learning, Media and Technology, 43(1), 17–30.

Open Data

Atenas, J., Havemann, L., & Priego, E. (2015). Open Data as Open Educational Resources: Towards Transversal Skills and Global Citizenship. Open Praxis, 7(4).

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

Rohs, M., & Ganz, M. (2015). MOOCs and the Claim of Education for All: A Disillusion by Empirical Data. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 16(6). Retrieved from

Open Access Research

Couture, M. (2017, July 12). Academic Publishing at a Crossroads. University Affairs. Retrieved from

Welcome to the future, it is now 2020.


Module 4: The other opens (scholarship, data, open online courses, research)

Jan. 7 | Tuesday meeting | 5-6pm

Reading to do before the next meeting:

Funes, M., & Mackness, J. (2018). When inclusion excludes: A counter narrative of open online education. Learning, Media and Technology, 43(2), 119–138.

Knox, J. (2019). What Does the ‘Postdigital’ Mean for Education? Three Critical Perspectives on the Digital, with Implications for Educational Research and Practice. Postdigital Science and Education.

Caines, A., & Glass, E. (2019, Fall). Education before Regulation: Empowering Students to Question Their Data Privacy. EDUCAUSE Review, 54(4). Retrieved from


Module 5: Challenges and issues in open and distributed education

Jan. 14 | Tuesday meeting | 5-6pm

Reading to do before the next meeting:

Siemens, G., Gašević, D., & Dawson, S. (2015). Preparing for the Digital University: A Review of the History and Current State of Distance, Blended, and Online Learning. Retrieved from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation website:

–> This is a large report, so please focus on reading pages 199-230, Future Technology Infrastructures for Learning

Selwyn, N., Hillman, T., Eynon, R., Ferreira, G., Knox, J., Macgilchrist, F., & Sancho-Gil, J. M. (2019). What’s next for Ed-Tech? Critical hopes and concerns for the 2020s. Learning, Media and Technology, 1–6.

Downes, S. (2019). A Look at the Future of Open Educational Resources. International Journal of Open Educational Resources, 1(2). Retrieved from

Module 5: Looking to the future

Jan. 21 | Tuesday meeting | 5-6pm


Welcome to the Emergent Sessions

The final four classes are organized based on feedback from our learners that was collected in a Google Doc. You can access the open agenda online here.

Emergent Session 1: A Distributed EdCamp Session

Jan. 28 | Tuesday meeting | 5-6pm

We will follow the EdCamp model to brainstorm topics, decide on which four topics to take on, and breakout to discuss each topic. Please bring ideas for the breakout sessions to the Tuesday meeting.  We will vote using a Google Doc and breakout into discussion using Zoom.

Emergent Session 2: Distributed/Online Learning

February 4 | Tuesday meeting | 5-6pm

Blomgren, C. (2017). Current Trends and Perspectives in the K-12 Canadian Blended and Online Classroom. In N. Ostashewski, J. Howell, & M. Cleveland-Innes (Eds.), Optimizing K-12 Education through Online and Blended Learning. Information Science Reference. 10.4018/978-1-5225-0507-5

Crosslin, M. (2018). Effective Practices. In M. Crosslin (Ed.),Creating Online Learning Experiences. Mavs Open Press.

Emergent Session 3: MEd Project Topic Discussion

February 11 | Tuesday meeting | 5-6pm

Small group discussions to share your current thinking about where you want to focus your MEd project. 

Emergent Session 4: Final Class TBD

February 18 | Tuesday meeting | 5-6pm