New Elective at Boise State this summer — Introduction to Openness

This summer we are pleased to offer a special topics elective called Introduction to Openness. This is an important topic that focuses on issues related to open content, open software, open online courses, and more.

Course description: This is a studio model course examining major areas of openness, the impact on education, and instructional design. Students will create and revise several project artifacts, and will interact heavily throughout the development cycle. Key elements include examining the centeredness of education, questioning what human-centered education might look like, and exploring openness in education through a human-centered design lens.

Video overview from the instructor:


Instructor bio: Fred Baker is an educator and Instructional Designer who has worked in higher education since 2008. He holds a Ph.D. in Instructional Design and Development, and a B.S.B.A. in Entrepreneurship from the University of South Alabama. His research and consulting interests focus on the relationship between technology, organizations, and people. He is intrigued by the potential of openness and human-centered design to improve organizational culture and empower learning and performance. He has authored more than 24 peer-reviewed publications, and presented more than 35 times at conferences and events in this subject area. He is active in professional associations, serves as a column editor for the AECT scholarly journal TechTrends, and has served as a reviewer for various journals, books, and conferences. You can connect with him and view his portfolio at

Registration information:

EDTECH 597: Special Topics – Introduction to Openness
Section: 4202
Class Number: 42131
Instructor: Dr. Fred Baker
2nd 7-week session: 06/27/201608/14/2016

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