Lumen Learning Makes Open Course Frameworks Freely Available

May 22, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

In my email just now, this announcement: "Today Lumen Learning and Instructure announced the availability, via the Canvas platform, of six open course frameworks that make it easier for instructors to teach effectively using open educational resources (OER). You can view the press release or browse the courses from the Lumen Learning website. The brainchild of open education pioneer David Wiley, open course frameworks are curated collections of OER that look and feel like online courses, with content and course segments mapped to learning objectives. These courses serve effectively as blueprints instructors can use to teach a course as-is, adapt or refine the course content to make it work better for their students." So... they're course packages, right? The materials are mostly licensed under CC-by, and there's an option to purchase print materials on Lulu.


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