The Open Course website that I examined was Yale University’s Listening to Music course. In this course the instructor talks about and explains the syllabus provided to the learners in the beginning or intro. He talks about expectations, the course lay out, tools that will be used, and he even gives a pre-test/evaluation that will let learners know whether or not this particular course is for them. It has the lecture chapters listed so that learners can go to specific topics to watch, listen, and learn about it.
This course seems like it has a very, good carefully planned out foundation. It has the necessary components for learning to take place. It is very well-organized and I think the lay out of the course was designed to be effective. I think it would be an excellent resource to use in collaboration with an online music course that has discussions on music theory and the different genres.
I believe the learner audience that this Open Course is addressing is Adult learners who are interested in learning about music or just simply loves music. The course was created at a university for adult learners in a face-to-face learning environment. MIT gives two reasons for creating Open Course websites. One is to “enhance human learning worldwide by the availability of a web of knowledge,” and the other reason is “that it would allow students (including, but not limited to its own) to become better prepared for classes so that they may be more engaged during a class” (Wikipedia, 2013). The theories being employed are Borje Holmberg’s Theory of Interaction and Communication. In this theory, “The core of teaching is interaction between the teaching and learning parties; it is assumed that simulated interaction through subject-matter presentation in pre-produced courses can take over part of the interaction by causing students to consider different views, approaches, and solutions and generally interact with a course. Emotional involvement in the study and feelings of personal relation between the teaching and learning parties are likely to contribute to learning pleasures” (Simonson, Smaldino, Albright, & Zvacek, 2012 pp. 48).
Open Yale Courses. (2013). MUSI 112: Listening to Music. Retrieved from http://oyc.yale.edu/music/musi-112#overview
Simonson, M., Smaldino, S., Albright, M., Zvacek, S. (2012). Teaching and learning at a distance: Foundations of distance education (5th Ed.) Boston, MA: Pearson.
Wikipedia. (2012). OpenCourseWare. In Wikipedia Encyclopedia online. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OpenCourseWare