To be honest I think I could have published this lot using free software in less than a week or two.Donald Clark Plan B: OpenLearn – another document dump
Ouch! A stinging review of the OU's OpenLearn... which does contain some extremely valid criticisms. On a purely aesthetic level, the blandness of the layout is hardly enticing. Couple that with the lack of a real 3D person to enthuse you when times get dull (as they invariably do with distance learning) there's a definite certain something missing from OpenLearn. I use Compendium. I've used FlashMeeting. But would I be motivated enough to find myself an OpenLearn course and study it? Would I be inspired to learn?
When I look at OpenLearn I wonder how much completion of courses occurs? I wonder whether people really get a learning experience from it or a reference source? LabSpace I like. It gives you the freedom to use resources and 'play' and seems confident in its identity. OpenLearn seems to want to be more than it is. It's worthy... but does it have real worth? I've done some of the courses which have material on there. Boy oh boy am I glad I studied them as they were meant to be studied and not attempted it via OpenLearn. Can't put my finger on why the concept doesn't quite gel for me, but the Donald Clark blog entry certainly touches on some relevant issues even if I don't agree that overall it's lacking academic credibility. The credibility is there, in my opinion, but the all important context is missing. It just doesn't feel like a real learning 'community'.