Note: This post is the seventh in the nine-part series Teacherpreneurs Mentor Edupunks: Convergence Reshapes Teacher Preparation for Today and the Future and written in the vein of peering into Teaching 2030. Click here to read the previous post on Learning Ecosystems, Geographic Imprints, and Localnomics.
The emergence of crowdsourcing learning advances the role of the Open Teacher, a teacherpreneur who participates in and leads networked learning, shaking-up higher ed’s ivy tower. One of the earliest renditions of the Open Teacher was MIT’s 2001 announcement of OpenCourseWare, and other universities followed. In 2006, University of California Berkeley announced that courses would be provided via Apple’s iTunesU. Since then, hundreds of higher ed institutions deliver content using iTunesU, including Harvard, Princeton, and Yale, and YouTube EDU also serves as a platform. Other early adopters of open source and the use of Open Education Resources (OER) in education include OER Glue, which hosts content from a number of higher education institutions, such as Notre Dame and MIT; Open CourseWare Consortium, whose global “members have published materials from more than 13,000 courses in 20 languages, available through the Consortium’s web site”; Connexions, out of Rice University, offers “more than 17,000 learning objects or modules in its repository and over 1000 collections (textbooks, journal articles, etc.) are used by over 2 million people per month“; the Open Educational Resources Commons, where teachers and learners can choose from over 36,000 openly licensed and free-to-use resources; and the Learning Registry, where the educational community can publish and retrieve OER resources. Further, K12 and State Departments of Education have learning channels as well in iTunesU and YouTube. And, TED’s new initiative TEDeD will magnify excellent teaching.
Today, relevant and meaningful teacher preparation programs include guiding teacher candidates in leveraging OER and other open content to construct and deliver a learning experience – a merger of curriculum content, pedagogy, assessment, and learning management – using various digital tools. To meet learner objectives, teachers become Learning Architects as they create games, podcasts, 3D video maps, online assessments, and collaborative spaces where learning takes place. The Learning Architect, one ideation of the teacherpreneur, leverages the power of digital tools to capture content, distribute modules of experience, engage learners, and assess student performance. In 2030, it will be commonplace for teacher edupunks to learn from leaders in the field – teacherpreneurs – how to bundle learning for customized, passion-based learning.