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Research Questionnaire on Open Educational Resources

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  • Andrius Kulikauskas
    Hi Pamela and all, I share a request from Jeanne Sewell that came by way of the Maria Droujkova s Math Future group. Perhaps some of us will share our
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 11, 2011
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      Hi Pamela and all, I share a request from Jeanne Sewell that came by way
      of the Maria Droujkova's Math Future group. Perhaps some of us will
      share our answers? Andrius Kulikauskas, ms@...
      >
      > ---------- Forwarded message ----------
      > From: Jeanne Sewell <jeanne.sewell@...
      > <mailto:jeanne.sewell@...>>
      >
      >
      >
      > I am doing research for a textbook chapter on open educational
      > resources (OER), eLearning (electronic learning), and MERLOT. One part
      > if the chapter relates to global technological challenges.
      >
      >
      >
      > I am very interested in learning about the technological challenges
      > associated with distance learning that you and others have experienced.
      >
      > Please consider the following questions:
      >
      > . What is your discipline
      >
      > . Are you currently teaching?
      >
      > . Where did you live and work (your country of origin or place
      > of reference)?
      >
      > . What is/was the availability of electricity supply?
      >
      > . How did you access the Internet? Satellite? Other?
      >
      > . Where did you access the Internet? Home? Internet café? Other?
      >
      > . What "bandwidth issues" did you experience? For example,
      > could you download video and audio? Share your stories about problems
      > and successes.
      >
      > . How would you/others discover eLearning opportunities?
      > Facebook? Search engines?
      >
      > . How expensive is/was Internet access?
      >
      > . What do you see as future trends associated with global
      > Learning?
      >
      > . Is there anything else you want me to know about eLearning
      > experiences?
      >
      > I welcome your personal photographs showing where eLearning is taking
      > place.
      >
      > ~*~*~*~*~*
      >
      > . What is your discipline
      > Mathematics Education
      >
      > . Are you currently teaching?
      > Yes
      >
      > . Where did you live and work (your country of origin or place
      > of reference)?
      > Ukraine, Russia, USA. I will talk about the last ten years in the USA
      >
      > . What is/was the availability of electricity supply?
      > Constant supply.
      >
      > . How did you access the Internet? Satellite? Other?
      > Broadband connection to the internet.
      >
      > . Where did you access the Internet? Home? Internet café? Other?
      > Home office.
      >
      > . What "bandwidth issues" did you experience? For example,
      > could you download video and audio? Share your stories about problems
      > and successes.
      > It turns out wireless connections don't work well with software that
      > requires constant streams of multiple data packets, such as virtual
      > worlds or webinars. I had to switch to wired networking within my
      > office, because much of my online presence is in such environments.
      >
      > . How would you/others discover eLearning opportunities?
      > Facebook? Search engines?
      > I use the following networks:
      > http://mathfuture.wikispaces.com
      > http://www.classroom20.com/
      > LinkedIn (dozens of groups)
      > Twitter tags #mathchat #edchat and my PLN there
      > Several thousands aggregated other sources (forums, blogs, nings,
      > individuals)
      >
      > I think the concept of PLN (personal learning network) is most
      > relevant here.
      >
      >
      > . How expensive is/was Internet access?
      > Affordable
      >
      > . What do you see as future trends associated with global
      > Learning?
      > The move from open resources (OERs) such as OpenCourseWare to open
      > activities (classes, seminars, conferences) is actively going on now -
      > e.g. P2PU Classrom 2.0
      >
      > Next, there will be a big move into on-demand certification, including
      > degrees, to "legitimize" a variety of learning paths now available.
      > Watch OERu for an example. This is just starting, but it will be big
      > in the next five years or so.
      >
      > . Is there anything else you want me to know about eLearning
      > experiences?
      >
      > Different subject areas have specific needs. For example, mathematics
      > has its own rich set of representations (formulas, graphs,
      > spreadsheets, symbols) that are hard to accommodate in many online
      > environments. Also, mathematics involves dynamic modeling which,
      > again, pose certain challenges.
      >
      > I welcome your personal photographs showing where eLearning is taking
      > place.
      >
      > http://www.flickr.com/photos/26208371@N06/5251562354/ (a Second Life
      > event - the group is interacting with a 3d model of SubQuan)
      > http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5209/5251562354_6cde4e4308_m.jpg
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