Online Learning Update

April 13, 2011

Open Source: A New Paradigm for Online Language Learning

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:10 am

By Sara Bernard, MindShift

Inevitably, Miller says, “The economy of the old model — mass consumption course books designed for a global audience — led to a generic content approach.” But now, mashups are the norm, or should be, in education. Why? Because teachers in the classroom have an understanding of a key element in education that no publisher can ever have: their students. “They know what their students needs, strengths, and weaknesses are” and content publishers do not,” he says. Thus, a paradigm shift: When teachers use the resources that work well for them and mix it with their own self-authored content, they can create a truly customized — and therefore effective — curriculum. (This is the basic premise behind the open textbook movement).

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