A healthy social learning community needs to be nurtured and actively managed. The best way to be successful is to be open to learning: Based on this simple theory – We have Open Learning on our deck today.
Open Learning is a budding startup for people to teach and learn online. It’s social like Facebook, collaborative like Wikipedia and available to anyone in the world.
Looking from the user’s aspect, they can learn for free and actively get involved in the available courses. The platform allows users to decide whether they want to learn or teach. The Australian based startup is just a few months old with a core team of five people.
Based around the principles of student autonomy, diversity of learning materials, openness of resources and social interactivity – Open Learning encourages students and teachers alike to aggregate, remix and repurpose learning resources within a course, to create a rich, motivating and constructive environment in which meaningful learning experiences are stimulated.
According to Adam Brimo (co-founder at Open Learning), the platform promotes the engagement of the community members where students can earn Karma points when another person likes one of their comments, forming the basis of a qualitative assessment of a person’s contribution to the community.
This reminds me about Function Space, which is working towards the same concept of making world a better place for learning.
On the other side, teachers can create Public (free) or Private (Paid or Restricted) courses – to distribute their knowledge and expertise to the global student community. The course content supports elements like video, audio, PowerPoint presentations, quizzes, programming assignments and documents – making it more flexible and convenient to use.
So, if you’re looking out to build or learn a course – you gotta give it a try. Yes its Free!