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It is planned to update this section by featuring a limited number of open websites offering support to learners that goes beyond regular OCW - eg learner communities, forums, expert help etc. At present, there are considerable differences between such sites so as a first step, a 5-star rating scheme will be introduced to highlight various features under 4 headings. The following gives some idea of an ideal 5 star rating under each heading. Inevitably such a scheme cannot be entirely objective - no doubt improvement and refinement will be necessary - help welcome - rating has started!
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***** Free and open use and reuse of learning materials, minimal login restrictions, minimal commercial advertising
***** Easily-located, good quality courseware focusing on Higher Education at University or College levels.
***** Active participation by learners and experts; well-designed forums, blogging, social media etc.
***** Large numbers of current users.
When I was a student (long before the Internet age) a certain mathematics lecturer would enter the lecture room and start writing notes from the top of the left blackboard. When he reached the bottom he moved onto the middle board and then the right one. When all the boards were full he wiped out everything with a wet cloth and started again on the left. That was how he lectured! He rarely spoke - his students spent the entire hour just copying the notes. This was clearly not the best way to learn but his students had little choice. His notes were essential for the examination so best to study the notes exclusively and follow up with some question spotting shortly before the examination. It was all a rather tedious game and the students who played it best received the highest grades - but I doubt whether much mathematics was learned! Not all lecture courses were that bad but that type of experience and the factory-like regimentation of learners into specific rooms at specific times colors many people's thinking about learning and Higher Education in general.
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