Blog—The Impact of Open Source

Blog—The Impact of Open Source

MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content. OCW is open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity (Massachusetts Institute of Technology Open Course ). Open Course sites provides learning opportunities for users through using downloadable course materials, lecture videos, and lecture materials that is available for anyone to locate on the MIT OCW website. Utilizing the MIT OCW proved to be very user-friendly and easy to navigate for learners like I that is new to the site. I chose to explore Introduction to Lean Six Sigma Methods available on the OCW. Six Sigma is “The basic principles have been applied to a wide range of organizations and sectors to improve quality, productivity, customer satisfaction, employee satisfaction, time-to-market and financial performance” (Murman, McManus , Weigel, & Madsen, 2012, para. 1).

Reviewing the course, it appears to be carefully pre-planned and designed for a distance learning environment. The navigation of the site is self-explanatory for anyone who has every surfed the internet or who has utilized any computer software system before. It even has the added touch to help the learner has everything in one area that will be needed to navigate through the course. For example, on the left-side of the site is the navigation panel that displays the important information of the course such as Course Home, Syllabus, This Course at MIT, Lecture Notes, Lecture Videos, and Download Course Materials. It has everything that the learner needs to be successful in learning the material. Through navigating each section the learner can become familiarize with the course content as well as the instructors of the course.

The course follows the recommendations for online instruction as it is listed in our course textbook. In our textbook it pinpoints that “instructors of online courses must make the course organization, calendar activities, and expectations as clear as possible” (Simonson, Smaldino, & Zvacek, 2015, p. 114). Considering that crucial information one can see that the syllabus, lecture notes, videos, activities, and outcomes displayed throughout the course ensure the learners are clear with the expectations. It has an in-depth layout that is easy to understand and stay focus on the material at hand, thus avoiding unnecessary distractions in the course.

The course designer implemented activities that maximize active learning for the students. Such activities could be viewed under the lecture notes sections. The learners have the opportunity to review simulations that are comprised from Lego, review papers, and presentations. The designer ensured that the learner has all the materials available to them to learn about the topic. There are tours and video session that students can watch during class.

To concluded, throughout any course whether it is an online environment or a traditional setting the learners achieving the goals should be a main point. The MIT OCW should be carefully pre-planned and designed for a distance learning environment. The recommendations for online instruction should align with key concepts of the fundamentals of teaching online as well as have activities that maximize active learning for the students.

References:

Murman, E., McManus , H., Weigel, A., & Madsen,B. (2012). Introduction to Lean Six Sigma Methods. Retrieved from http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/aeronautics-and-astronautics/16-660j-introduction-to-lean-six-sigma-methods-january-iap-2012/index.htm#

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Open Course (n.d.). About OCW. Retrieved from http://ocw.mit.edu/about/

Simonson, M., Smaldino, S., & Zvacek, S. (2015). Teaching and learning at a distance: Foundations of distance education (6th ed.) Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing. 

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